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Cleaning Condenser
Cleaning the hot condenser coils help....

The condenser coils ( hot coils ) should be cleaned once a year. If you have a pet with long hair, probably a good idea to clean yours more often...maybe every 6 months. Cleaning the condenser coils will save energy and help the refrigerator run better and more efficiently.

The simplest condenser coil is the static condenser, it runs up and down the back of the refrigerator & can be easily cleaned with a rag or vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment.

Some condenser coils run from the front to the back under the refrigerator. This means you should clean from the front and the back ( part#J ) of the refrigerator. The space on the front is often small and tight. A Condenser cleaning brush will assist in cleaning off the coils, or can be used to pull the dust forward and then vacuumed from there. To gain access to the coils on the back, protect your floor and pull the refrigerator from the wall, usually need to remove the cardboard or metal cover to clean up the coils from the back. If all of the hot condenser coils are on the back of the refrigerator, protect the floor and pull the refrigerator out from the wall to clean the condenser coils with a vacuum or brush from the back. If the bottom front opening is large enough, it may be possible with the coil cleaning brush to clean the back coils from the front.
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Heat Around Refrigerator Door
I feel heat/warmth on the front edge of my refrigerator....why?

Older refrigerators had electric heaters on the edges of the refrigerator cabinet to help prevent moisture from building up, especially in the hot/hazy weather in the summer time. These electric heaters usually had a switch where you could turn them on or off...had words like..."switch here to prevent moisture"...switch here in damp weather".... in the picture it is in the top left of the control assembly.

Then along came the energy crunch. The manufactures stopped using the electric heaters and started running a pass of the hot condenser tubing on the edges of the cabinet where the electric heaters use to be. This is often called a yoder loop tube SxS version and the yoder loop tube Top freezer version. This has now replaced the electric heaters. If you feel heat/hot around the door opening of your refrigerator you should....

clean the condenser coils as a dirty condenser can make the tubing hotter than normal
check/clean & replace if necessary the condenser cooling fan ( # F ) motor, if the condenser fan motor is slow or has quit the yoder loop pass will get very warm/hot to the touch
If the condenser coils are clean and the condenser fan motor is running ok, check the fresh food and freezer section temperatures...if the refrigerator is not operating well and the temps inside are warming up, you could feel more heat/warmth than normal


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