Refrigerator Issues Caused by Clogged Condenser Coils
Do you regularly clean your condenser coils? Do you even know what a condenser coil is? If you are like most people the answer is probably no on one or more of the questions. They just aren't something the average layperson knows or spends time thinking about.
But that can be a costly oversight on your part and can adversely limit the life of your refrigerator because they are a vital part of the cooling process.
What do condenser coils do?
As i mentioned, they are a vital part of the cooling process because they are supposed to help the coolant that gets heated, cool down.
If they are corroded with dirt it can act just like insulation and stop the heat dissipation process. So everything runs much hotter than it should.
You can generally find them on the top, back and/or underneath of your refrigerator. They have to be able to get to the air so they are located in places that allow them to get a good air flow which again the dirt can stop.
What happens when your condenser coils get clogged up?
Well, the bad news is that it can cost you money in more than one way. It stops the compressor from cycling off causing it to use up more electricity struggling to keep things cool.
Another issue that can happen is that all of this extra work causes even more heating issues and you can wind up with a burned out compressor which can be costly.
So between the extra electricity and the possible loss of your compressor you can see it is worth it to take the time to keep those coils clean so you can attempt to extend the life of your appliance.
How to clean your coils
The key to this is staying on top of it and not ever letting it get bad. If you do you may be better off calling an appliance repair specialist to come out and do it for you.
The reason being you can cause damage if you are not careful when trying to get off grime that is basically "baked on" over a long period of time.
To avoid a service call you can use your vacuum with a brush attachment to gently clean any dust that is collecting on the coils. Again this needs to be done regularly to keep it easy.
Try to clean it as part of your regular cleaning routine and you will avoid a bunch of headaches.
If you have let it go and have to get some "baked on" grime off that hasn't been on for too many months you can shut off the refrigerator and unplug it. Then use a soapy cloth or sponge to gently clean the coils. For the harder to reach places you may need to use a small brush, like an old toothbrush to get into the nooks.
Again though the easiest and most cost efficient thing to do is to just clean them so often you can always just do it with a vacuum cleaner.
If you are already having issues and your coils are a mess, it is best to call us so we can come out and help you get your refrigerator back in working order.
Call us today at 512-663-3205 for help with any of your appliance repair needs!