Refrigerators are expensive and a major pain to move, so take care of the one you have. Just vacuuming your refrigerator coils regularly will greatly extend the life of your fridge, and it’s a task that you can knock out in 15 minutes or less.
Not sure how it’s done? Here’s a walk-through:
Turn your refrigerator dial to the off position. Then, unplug it from the wall. If your fridge doesn’t have an off setting (mine doesn’t), just wait for it to cycle off before you unplug it.
Locate your refrigerator coils. If you have a newer fridge, they’ll be located underneath the fridge. Pop the grill off of the bottom front of the unit to access them. If you have an older fridge, they’ll be located behind the refrigerator. You’ll need to pull the appliance away from the wall to get to them.
Then, vacuum all of the dust off of the coils and the neighboring fan. A skinny hose attachment is handy for getting underneath the fridge.
Once the coils are clean, replace the grill cover (or slide the fridge back into place). Then, plug your refrigerator back in, and turn it back on. Repeat the process every three months. Monthly, if you have pets.
Want to make cleaning the inside of your fridge easier? Make these shelf liners.