I'm just wondering what others do to clean all the dust and crud
buildup on the compressor cooling coils located at the bottom of the
fridge?? There is almost no room to get a vacuum hose or attachment
near the coils except near the front. Do they make any kind of long
handled brush for this purpose? It says in the manual to keep these
coils clean but how do you get at the coils near the back? or do you
need to pull the fridge away from where its sitting and go from the
I use one of these in conjunction with a shop vac.
The shop vac sets up suction to carry away dust bunnies that are
dislodged by using the brush.
If I'm feeling energetic, I'll roll the fridge away from the wall and
poke the brush in from the back side. One some fridges you have to
remove a flimsy "cardboard" panel on the back of the machine to get
good access to the coils.
I was wondering about that.... I was considering leaving that
cardboard panel off. I figured it was just to keep someone's fingers
from going in there that didn't belong.. I thought it would help with
better air flow through the compressor unit.
Can you elaborate?
The desired air flow is to suck air in the front (across the
coils) and blow it out across the condensate pan.
With the cardboard off, the air blows in a small circle, out
the back of the fridge, and then into the fan, again.
Back on Feb 14, we had a very long thread on this same subject in this
NG. Thread started by Nate Nagel. Bottom line... Special brushes at
some BORGS, or *Real* hardware stores for not that much money will clean
most of the dust and pet hair. I haven't found the brushes at my local
BORGs, but my searching hasn't been all that intense.
BTW, that previous thread was some good reading for the most part.
My original method was to use a tube sock on a yard-stick. I turned the
sock inside-out, so the rougher side would catch more dirt; it worked
pretty well. There are special brushes, made for the purpose, but I've
never used those. Try pulling out the fridge, use a bottle brush
duct-taped to a flat stick, brush off coils. Push fridge back, clean
floor. If you have time on your hands, take a rag and dip in varnish.
Let it get tacky, then wrap on a flat stick and use it like tack cloth
for wood finishing.
Go to Lowes or HD. Look for refrigerators, and ask for a
"condensor brush". About two and a half feet long, tapered,
wooden handle, about seven dollars. Use that in one hand.
Vacuum cleaner hose in the other hand. Flashlight in your
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