A Guide On Cleaning Commercial Refrigerator Coils
When your refrigerator starts running less cold then probably it is time to cleaning refrigerator coils. Also known as condenser coils, these are the black coils found at the back or bottom of your fridge. Whether you are using the walk-in or blast chiller design, these coils accumulate dust and debris which in time cause the refrigerator to work harder. As a result, more electricity will be used to maintain the temperature which in turn will eventually lead to damage to other components such as the fuses and motors. To avoid all of this loss, cleaning commercial refrigerator coils should be done at least once every month. This way, you have a unit that is running at full efficiency at all times with fewer damages.
So how do you do it? We`ll show you how in these simple steps.
Accessing The Coils.
- Before anything, you should first unplug your fridge from the power source. This is obviously to minimize any possibility of electric shock. The food inside will be safe as long as the fridge door is shut.
- Condenser coils may be at the top bottom or back of the fridge depending on the manufacturer and the time it was made. Older refrigerators normally have their coils installed on the back. Create enough space for you to access the coils i.e. between you and the wall. This will allow you to move freely while cleaning. Remove the outside grill. It will require you to use a screwdriver. You could remove the grille base if you have to.
The Actual Cleaning
Cleaning can be done in two ways:
- Use a coil brush. These are soft-bristled brushes that one can purchase at any local store.
One may also attach a cloth to a wire which may form a duster. The idea is to brush against the coils removing all the dust, pet hairs etc. Scrape around inwards, up and down as thoroughly as possible. You should use a flashlight in case you have trouble seeing through the coils.
- Use of a vacuum cleaner. The vacuum cleaner could prove very helpful. It can suck all the pet hairs and dust remaining in the coils and floor. You can use a narrow nozzle on the end of your cleaner hose so that you could reach the harder places in the coils. Moving the nozzle slowly will allow you to suck up all the remaining grime. Try not to bend the fins on the coil.
You may take that opportunity to vacuum the bottom of the fridge since its already moved from its initial position.
Reinstalling the Refrigerator
Now that the coils are clean, screw back the grille panel as you push back the fridge back to its original position. For refrigerators with coils at the top, raise the grille panel carefully fixing it to its original correct position. You may hear a snapping or clamping noise to indicate you have put it back correctly ready to be screwed back. Be careful not to damage the fins and the condenser at the back of the unit. You should be careful not to run over any cords or tubing. It is advised to leave an approximate 3cm (gap) interval between the coils and the wall. This is to allow efficient running operations. Plug the refrigerator back to the power source.
This process should take you at least 35 minutes.
If you have been experiencing a lot of breakdowns, it may be a sign that you need to replace your refrigerator. Ensure that you purchase top quality refrigerator equipment from a reputable freezer product company; this way, you are guaranteed when it comes to durability.