Cleaning your refrigerator coils can make it 6 percent more efficient, and some say it can improve the efficiency even more!
Last week, we had an energy assessment from our local utility company. Did you know that many utilities will perform an assessment for free? I called Georgia Power, and a week later a very nice fellow showed up to look at our insulation and areas where we could be having air leaks and other energy sucks.
They're sending us a detailed report with everything we can fix and how much it will save us on our power bill each month, but one thing he mentioned on his way out was that we desperately needed to vacuum out our refrigerator coils. I have to admit, it has been a very long time since we did this, but here's how!
How to Clean Your Refrigerator Coils
Refrigerators can vary, so check out the manual if you get stuck. Don't have the manual? You can usually google your fridge's brand and model and find a pdf online.
- Pull the fridge away from the wall.
- Recover from the shock of how gross it is back there, then unplug the fridge. Do not skip this step, because getting electrocuted is no fun, I hear!
- Most refrigerators have their coils in front behind a little panel at the bottom. Some use screws to secure the panel, and others just snap on. Remove the panel to expose the coils. If they're not on the bottom, the coils may be on the back. You'll need to remove a few screws to get that back panel off and expose the coils.
- Recover once again from the grossness. I mean, where does all of this dust even come from??
- Grab your vacuum with an arm attachment, and go to town.
- Once all of the dust is out of there, cover the coils back up, plug the fridge back in, and push it back against the wall.
I can't wait to get back the full report and see where else we can save! The fellow also mentioned that Georgia Power will send us a check, because we added attic insulation this year, so this assessment is already paying off. Hurrah!
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