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Generic Whirlpool SxS condenser cleaning question


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#1 sirwired

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:48 AM

I have a fairly late-model Whirlpool SxS fridge. I went to clean the condenser coils the other day, and I cannot figure out how to access the majority of their surface.

With previous fridges, they've been nice and flat, and I just had to jam my condesner brush in there and give 'er a good scrubbing, and then repeat the process for all the nasty-looking parts at the back.

With this model, instead of the coils looking like this: Front ---> --------, the coils are laid out like this: Front ---> /\/\/\ . Now, I can see the advantages of this arrangement (more coil surface area), but how do I clean out those "valleys" in the middle that cannot be accessed with a condenser brush, much less my vaccuum cleaner? Is an air compressor (which I don't currently own) the only option?

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:13 PM

Remove the compressor access panel in the back of the refrigerator and try cleaning fron the back.
The air compressor works although it blows dust everywhere.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:36 PM

I did remove the rear panel... no help. I mean, I could get to the rear-most "leaf" from there, but still could not access the valleys.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:00 PM

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:18 AM

Generic answer to a generic question...............Did a G.E. Artica.....top mount refer..............................Could not see the condenser coils but a little view at the condenser fan.................... Pulled the unit forwards and tipped it back, propped it up to stay there and accessed the coils with no problems..............No panels in the way........

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:07 AM

i've used a vacuum at the back to catch dust and comp air or a can of that keyboard cleaner for computers to blow thru from front

i've used a vacuum at the back to catch dust and comp air or a can of that keyboard cleaner for computers to blow thru from front

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:08 PM

I just use that red and black $25 craftsman shop vac from Sears. It has a blower port and vacuum port.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:31 AM

I have a 1.5 gallon air compressor and connect a blow gun. High pressure, no lifting the fridge, and will come in handy time and time again with job after job. Easiest and most effective way I've found, especially with dryers

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:15 AM

I have a 1.5 gallon air compressor and connect a blow gun.


This is similar to how I do it except I don't carry the compressor, just a 5 gallon air tank that I charge up to 120 psi the morning before service calls and keep in the van for all kinds of tasks: cleaning condensers, dryers vents, and even gas oven pilot orifices.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:45 AM

I use an outdated 20 LB propane tank with a shraeder valve drilled into it the same - fill with compressor in garage - PRESTO - portable pressurized air.
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