Dirty Condensers

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Condensers act like a radiator on a car. It allows the coolant to cool down before going back through the compressor. The compressor is the main part of the refrigerator which allows the refrigerator to function.

A refrigerator can stop cooling if it has a dirty condenser. A dirty condenser will cause overheating, which in turn makes the compressor work harder, eventually causing it to fail.

BEFORE WORKING ON A REFRIGERATOR, ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO UNPLUG FROM AN ELECTRICAL OUTLET.

After the refrigerator has been unplugged, you first have to locate where the condenser is. The condenser can be in the back of the refrigerator or underneath the refrigerator. Once located, you will need to remove the cover. The condensing coils are going to be either behind the compressor, beside the compressor or on the back of the refrigerator.

Check the coils to see if they are dirty. If the coils are dirty, they can be cleaned with a brush and a vacuum. After the coils have been cleaned, keep the refrigerator unplugged for about 30 minutes or so.

Once you have plugged the refrigerator back in and you find the compressor is not overheating the problem has been fixed. If the refrigerator is still overheating, contact us. We will come out and fix your refrigerator the same day.

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