How To Clean Your Evaporator Coils

Posted on: 12 May 2016

When it comes to the efficiency and temperature of your freezer, it is very important that your refrigerant system is working properly. One of the key elements to a refrigerant system is the evaporator. This article will give you a basic introduction to a freezer evaporator. It will also discuss how to simply access and service your evaporator, the coils, and fan. This is one of the easiest DIY freezer repairs for most makes and models. If you can learn how to do this maintenance on your own, you can do your part to ensure that your freezer is running at maximum efficiency at all times. 

Before Your Begin

First of all, you need to figure out what to do with your food you are working on your freezer. You should try to transfer as much stuff as possible into your refrigerator so it least days cold while you're working. You can also put the stuff in a cooler or ice box while you work. If you work quickly, this job will only take an hour or two, so either solution should do just fine. You should also take this opportunity to dispose of any extra food or things in your freezer that have gone bad or you don't want anymore. An overcrowded freezer is bound to become an inefficient freezer. So, by doing this you are actually contributing to the longevity and efficiency of your unit.

Accessing and Clean the Evaporator Coils

The evaporator is usually easy to access through the panel on the inside of the unit. By removing a couple of small screws you can remove the access panel. Inside you'll see a fan and a small aluminum coil system.  these are the evaporator coil. Any dirt or dust buildup on the fan for the coils will hugely interrupt and slow down the flow of refrigerant. Even if it seems like the area is generally clean, it is probably a good idea to wipe down your back evaporator coils and make sure there's no dust or ice inside the compartment. You can also use a wet/dry hose vacuum to suck out the dirt.

This is a simple and basically free maintenance task, so you should not put it aside. To ensure that your freezer is in top working order, you should repeat this task at least once every single year. It will ultimately increase of lifespan of your unit and save you a little bit of money on your utility bills. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Seattle's Best Appliance Repair.