cleaning fridge coils ?

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Old 11-13-10, 08:32 AM
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cleaning fridge coils ?

hello folks.

my fridge, a whirlpool, has the coils on the bottom. they are the type that zigzag up & down. flip this over = WWWW = this is how it would look from the side, if the side was not in the way. the zigzag does not face the front. so all i can get at is one the zigzags.

how would i clean these coils ?
flipping the machine on its side is not an option. nor is raising it up.

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Old 11-13-10, 08:44 AM
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Not sure how the rest of the area looks around your coils but on mine I use a long skinny vacuum tool to reach where I can at the back then carefully go between the fan blades and then from the front.
Some fan motors are easy to remove if it helps get at more area plus it lets you clean the fan blade..........just be very careful not to bend the blades if they are aluminum.

You can also make a long skinny vacuum attachment if you have any stiff tubular material lying around.
or, this will leak a bit of dust but by wetting several old towels and packing them around the base and back of the fridge you could try reversing the vac hose and blowing what you can't suck up...........the wet towels will stop MOST of the flying dust.
or, or, you could get a long bottle brush, like those used for cleaning out wine making equipment and carefully push it through the coil then move the fridge and vacuum up the mess.

Hmm, there are likely more ways but maybe one of these will work for you.
 
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thanx, Greg

i am going to bump this. i will get better info soon.

btw, it says in the manual that these coils do not need to be cleaned, ever.
can you believe that ! can anything of quality be bought these days
 
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Old 11-14-10, 05:54 AM
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Did you try any of this???

Your fridge should be spotless by now.
Really, the brush is gonna be your best bet unless something better is a knock on the door from a cleaning crew.

Here is an official brush but a long flexible bottle brush looks better:

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Image courtesy of fullerbrushproducts.com

Here is how:

 
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Originally Posted by GregH View Post
Your fridge should be spotless by now.

lol.

thanx for the vid. boy was that one dirty !

i have done many times just what he did in that vid. but from what i can see, he only got 10% of the coils. idk what he said, my sound card is blown out
 
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Old 11-14-10, 10:09 AM
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This actually would be the most useful brush:



Image courtesy of fullerbrushproducts.com

I have seen these in many stores and only a couple of bucks.
 
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thanx. that brush looks like it would work much better. but still, the only way i can see of doing a thorough cleaning is to raise up the fridge. looking at it, it looks like the manufacturer DOESN'T want these coils cleaned.

as it is now, this doesn't seem to be a reliability issue. the coils are not that bad. but i am trying to sell my condo. and i don't want the inspector to flag this.
 
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Old 11-14-10, 11:09 AM
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Not necessary to lift it up.

1. Push the fridge as far from the wall as you can.
2. Brush and vacuum from the front and back.
3. Vacuum what you can.
4. Move the fridge back then vacuum and wash the floor.
5. Enjoy the benefits of a clean condenser coil.
 
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