How To Clean a fridge ( compressor area ) & Add YEARS to it's life!
I often hear people say " I remember when fridges lasted over 20 years!
Well.. You believe me or not, you can add many more years to the fridge with some easy maintenance that will only take you 30 minutes every few months.
Remember back in the day they had the fridges with the BIG cooling coils running from the bottom to the top of the fridge? Here is a picture.
The area is now covered with a floppy cardboard backing or a metal part. It's not as open and free as they use to be. It's almost like fridges are MEANT to break right after the warranty goes, or only a few years after.
I STRONGLY recommend cleaning the coil if you want your investment to last years longer. Of course always unplug your fridge before doing any of the following maintenance steps.I also recommend wearing gloves as it can be quite messy too.
1. You will have to unplug your fridge first. Then remove that cardboard or metal plate at the very bottom * or top depending on your make and model *.
2. Use a vacuum with a soft tip brush. You need to get rid of all that dust around your cooling coil. If you don't know what it looks like its that black part on your right side by your fan. It's probably hiding behind the enormous dust blanket, so you might have to look through the dust to find it.
(Note) You don't want to break any of that cheap plastic they build the fan, coil cover, drip hose and everything else back there with, so be gentle. Soon the days of metal parts will be gone, sigh...
3. Make sure you clean the copper lines. You need to be very careful around the copper lines. You bend or break one of those then your in very big trouble. A cracked or damaged line can break your compressor, so go slow and steady.
4. I recommend to clean the drip pan. This pan holds the water from when your fridge goes into defrost mode. It will evaporate once the compressor turns on and heats up, but I like to clean it up and make it clean again by taking out the water and wiping it down.
5. Put some oil on the fan shaft. This is the part between the motor and the fan blades. It will help it turn freely and keep the air circulating around the coil. The coil keeps things down in that area at a reasonable temperature. If you didn't have that coil your fridge would break much quicker than normal.
6. Many fridges have a vent cover in front of the fridge. You need to open the front bottom door of your fridge *freezer if it's a bottom freezer fridge*. You will most likely see lots of dust in that area as well. Clean it off then pull it off. It should easily pull off.
7. Behind that bottom vent that you pulled off you will see dust inside that area. Look in the one / two holes and you will see. You will probably need a flash light.
8. After your done all these four steps you can put everything back together and plug it back in.
Now... If you are still wondering how to do step one I HIGHLY recommend you call me or another local Appliance Repair Company in your area. The cost should be roughly 80 - 100 dollars TOPS.
If you are paying more than a 100.00 before tax then it's TOO expensive and you need to call the next Appliance Repair Company.
I do roughly 3 maintenance jobs a day everything from fridges, furnaces, ovens and even dish washers.
Make sure that they are licensed as well. I have many certifications and over 20 years experience with a couple of customer satisfaction awards. I find that about half the "technicians" are not even licensed, Just Google Toronto appliance repair complaints and you'll see.
I added a couple of pictures below of a "before and after" of the fridge coil cleaning. The holes you see is where the air goes in. If dust blocks it then no air can go in thus making everything very hot and over working.
As always I really want to thank you for reading my blog and if you need any advice just email me. I am always more than happy to help!
Thank you for your time and call me if you need any help.