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How to Clean Refrigerator Coils

The coils on refrigeration equipment naturally accumulate dust and debris. Over time this buildup will cause your refrigeration system to work harder to maintain temperature and it can potentially lead to failures in other key components. If your refrigerator isn’t getting cold enough, or if it is using too much electricity, it may be time to clean your refrigerator coils. Whether you own a reach-in, blast chiller, walk-in, or any other type of refrigeration equipment, you should be cleaning the refrigerator coils at least once every month. In the video above, we’ll show you how to clean refrigerator coils by walking you through four quick and easy steps. When this simple maintenance task is followed correctly, you’ll be running at maximum efficiency and increase the longevity of your unit.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Unplug your equipment before starting. Food inside your unit will be safe as long as the door is kept shut and it is already at the proper temperature.

  • 1.

    Remove the grill. This is located on the bottom, top, or behind the unit, and will usually require a screwdriver.

  • 2.

    Use a coil brush to clean the coils.

  • 3.

    Use a vacuum cleaner crevice attachment to remove smaller particles. Try not to bend the fins on the coil.

  • 4.

    Re-install the grill.

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