How to Clean Samsung Refrigerator Coils (Complete Guide)

How to Clean Samsung Refrigerator Coils (Complete Guide)

Are you planning on cleaning your Samsung refrigerator’s condenser coils but are scared that things can go wrong? 

Though it may be a daunting task because of how delicate your refrigerator’s parts can be, it is in fact simple and easy to do on your own.

Don’t worry, this article will provide everything you need to know about your refrigerator’s condenser coils. 

You’ll learn how to thoroughly clean the coils and properly maintain them – making sure that your refrigerator is up and running smoothly all the time.

All of our guides and tips are easy to follow. The best part is that you won’t be needing any professional help to do any of them.

How to Locate Samsung Refrigerator Coils

How to Locate Samsung Refrigerator Coils

The condenser coils are usually mounted behind the refrigerator or located inside the compartment at the back of the refrigerator near the bottom. They are usually situated beside the refrigerator’s compressor, evaporator fan, and filter drier.

Accessing these parts of the refrigerator requires caution. 

Make sure the refrigerator is unplugged and turned off as most of the components can pose risks of electrical shock and radiate immense heat if active.

You will also have to move the refrigerator away from the wall to properly access the back compartment. This will give you ample space to work with later on and should make the process a whole lot easier.

What tools do I need? 

To clean your Samsung refrigerator’s condenser coils, you will need a screwdriver set to access them, a vacuum cleaner equipped with a crevice nozzle for the dust, and a cloth with a soap-water solution for grime.

How to Clean Samsung Refrigerator Coils

To clean your Samsung refrigerator’s condenser coils, first make sure the refrigerator is unplugged and powered off. 

Access the back bottom compartment, use a vacuum cleaner to rid the dust from the coils, and finish up using a cloth and soap-water solution.

Here are the full instructions for cleaning the condenser coils:

  • Step 1: Unplug the refrigerator and make sure it is powered off.
  • Step 2: Move the refrigerator from the wall carefully to have enough space to access and clean the coils.
  • Step 3: Locate and access the coils. These are usually mounted behind the refrigerator or located inside the compartment at the back of the refrigerator near the bottom.
  • Step 4: If there are any components in the way of the condenser coils (e.g. the condenser, evaporator fan, etc.), carefully detach them using a screwdriver set and disconnect their wiring from the refrigerator.
  • Step 5: Start cleaning the condenser coils using a vacuum cleaner with a crevice nozzle to rid the dust from the coils.
  • Step 6: If the coils are still grimy, use a cloth and soap-water solution to clean them.
  • Step 7: If there are any misaligned coils, you should put them into place by gently bending them using a flathead screwdriver.

After cleaning the condenser coils, make sure to reattach all the components you had to temporarily remove and reconnect their wiring as well. Tightly screw and close the back cover into place.

When should you clean your Samsung refrigerator coils?

It’s recommended to clean the refrigerator’s condenser coils every 6 months. 

The refrigerator would have accumulated a substantial amount of dirt and dust within this period of time, and waiting to clean it any longer may cause further problems.

Why You Should Clean Your Refrigerator Coils 

It is important to clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils because they are a vital component for keeping the refrigeration cycle normal and constant. 

If the coils encounter any sort of problem, then your refrigerator may suffer abnormal changes in temperature that could pose many other problems.

The condenser coils hold the liquid refrigerant, which is an essential part of the refrigerator’s cooling system. This is where the refrigerant passes through and is constantly cycled.

It is normal for the coils to radiate high levels of temperature when cycling the refrigerant. Although if your coils are full of dust and dirt, this can cause the heat from the coils to be trapped and not properly released.

The poor heat circulation from the coils will inevitably cause the refrigeration cycle to slow down. You can expect your refrigerator to not cool properly or for it to freeze up faster because of the abnormalities in the refrigeration cycle.

Unchecked dust and dirt on the condenser coils can also affect their integrity. Some rusting (and eventually cracks) can form from poorly maintained coils, which will cause the refrigerant to leak out.

Refrigerant leaks are very tedious to deal with and require a lot of caution when attempting to inspect them. The refrigerant’s fumes pose health risks when inhaled and come into contact with the skin. 

Quick Note:

If you find any sort of damage on the condenser coils while cleaning them (e.g. cracks, rusting, leaking refrigerant), then they need to be repaired (or even replaced) immediately. 

Damaged coils will affect the functions of the refrigerator. You should call in a professional to help you conduct repairs and maintenance on the coils at this point.

Cleaning your Samsung refrigerator’s condenser coils is an easier task than it sounds. It only takes some tools and effort and you’ll find yourself done with them in no time.

Always remember our tips and perform regular maintenance on the condenser coils. As long as you do, you won’t need to worry about any problems coming from the coils anytime soon.

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