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Appliances How close should your refrigerator be to the wall

Published on April 3rd, 2013 | by RepairClinic.com Staff

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How much space should there be between your refrigerator and the wall?






If your refrigerator has a large black, grid-like device (a.k.a. the ultra important condenser coils!) on the back, give it some space!

Leave at least one inch of space between the grid and the wall. If there is no grid on the back, it’s okay to position the unit closer to the wall. Click here to tweet this tip.

Remember to clean those condenser coils! Condenser coils are mostly commonly found beneath the refrigerator unit. These should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months. If you have pets, you may need to increase cleaning frequency to every six months. If your dog is like our dogs, in front of the refrigerator is favorite hangout spot.

Remember to disconnect power to your refrigerator before cleaning or performing any kind of maintenance.

On most models, you can access these radiator-like coils by removing the bottom grill or kick-panel located at the front or an access panel at the back. A flashlight will be helpful in this dark area to prevent any damage to the fan. Using your vacuum’s crevice attachment or a convenient long hose attachment, carefully remove dust and fur on and around the coil. Consider this vacuum attachment, which is also great for cleaning beneath other large appliances. Be sure to remove stubborn dirt by gently running a long-handled bristle brush over the coil. Vacuum again, if necessary, and restore power to the unit.

If your refrigerator’s coils are located at the back, you can gently brush away dust and dirt with a long-handled bristled brush like this one. It’s our favorite and the one we use in our homes.

Long-handled bristle brush

 

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