5-Minute Cleaning Tip Can Save You Money Starting Right Now
Marilyn Caylor 5/10/2017
Did you know you're supposed to clean your refrigerator coils? Right about now you're probably asking yourself what a refrigerator coil is.
Well, it's something that's definitely covered in a massive colony of dust bunnies and other unmentionable gunk, especially if you've never even laid eyes on it!
If your fridge isn't as cold as you want it to be, then it's time to give these neglected little puppies a good scrubbing.
In fact, you can eliminate 70% of service calls by doing this twice a year.
There's a good possibility that even if you haven't seen a refrigerator coil firsthand, you may have accidentally kicked on its front door a few times.
On most refrigerators, if you're lucky, the coils are located at the bottom front of the unit - right where your feet are!
If you're not so lucky, then you have to move the refrigerator and flip it around so you can reach the pesky coils playing hide-and-seek at the very back.
Either way, cleaning these coils on a semi-annual basis is the best way to extend the life of your refrigerator. This simple task only takes 5-minutes of your time, but it can save you a ton of money in the long run.
Condenser coils that are choking under a layer of dust have to work extra hard to keep the refrigerator cold, which means that your electricity bill can suffer as a result.
Thankfully, it's super easy to get those coils nice and clean again! Even better, it's actually your vacuum cleaner that's going to be doing most of the heavy lifting.
The first step is finding out where the coils are located - it's going to be either at the front or back of your fridge. If the coils are located in the front, then it'll be easy to spot - there's a removable plastic grille that is protecting the coils.
After you remove the cover, you might notice what looks like a soot-colored snowy wonderland.
Underneath this grey mess are the elusive coils you've been hunting!
Now it's time to get out your vacuum cleaner! If you're highly allergic to "yuck," then you might want to use a face mask before you turn on the vacuum.
Use the hose extension to remove the unwelcome dust bunnies in one fell swoop. You don't even have to touch them with your hands! Which is probably a good thing, because you never know what a DNA sample of this mysterious fluffy stuff would reveal.
It won't be long before you see the coils shake off their faux winter coats and start to look like the cold hard metal they're actually made of.
Finish the task by using a brush attachment on the mostly-clean coils. It's time to brush any remaining dust bunnies out of existence!
Now, wasn't that super easy?
Keep in mind that you may have to clean the coils more frequently if you have furry best friends living on the premises. Pet fur loves to cling to fridge coils, which in this case, gives "fur coat" a new meaning. Yikes!