Few people clean this part of the fridge, yet it saves a lot of money.

Many people forget to clean this area of ​​the fridge, which is essential for its proper functioning.

Few people clean this part of the fridge, yet it saves a lot of money.

Many people forget to clean this area of ​​the fridge, which is essential for its proper functioning. If it is too dirty, it consumes much more energy.

The refrigerator is one of the essential appliances in the kitchen. It plays a crucial role in food preservation, maintaining a low temperature to preserve and extend the life of fresh produce. Although many people take special care of this appliance by cleaning the interior, the seals and the door regularly, this is not enough. Few think about cleaning this part at the back or below the fridge, the condenser coils. However, they are essential to its proper functioning.

Although often overlooked, this quick and simple task can actually have a significant impact on the energy efficiency of your appliance and save you money in the long run. But before explaining why cleaning the back of the refrigerator is important, it is useful to briefly understand how this appliance works.

A typical refrigerator uses a vapor compression system to cool the air inside the cabinet. This process involves moving heat from inside the refrigerator to the outside, usually through a condenser on the back of the unit. The condenser is responsible for dissipating the heat extracted from inside the refrigerator. If this part becomes clogged with dust, dirt, or other debris, it may have difficulty functioning properly. As a result, the refrigerator has to work harder to maintain a cool temperature inside, leading to increased energy consumption.

How to clean the back of the refrigerator? Empty your refrigerator and unplug it to avoid any risk of electric shock. Locate your device's capacitor. It is usually located at the back of the refrigerator, behind a rack or panel. You will certainly have to move the device to access this part, but also remove the grill.

Next, use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush or a brush specially designed for cleaning household appliances. Gently run the brush over the spool to remove accumulated dust and debris. Take the opportunity to clean other components of the refrigerator, such as the ventilation grilles and door seals. A completely clean refrigerator actually works more efficiently. All you then have to do is put the refrigerator back in place and plug it in again.

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