Don’t you just love your refrigerator? I mean, think about it. It keeps your food and drinks cold for you, and in the middle of the night when you want a snack, it turns on a light so that you can see.

So, on this Valentine’s Day, give a little love in return by cleaning the refrigerator coil. A dirty coil can cause the appliance to work harder, shorten its lifespan, and it won’t keep foods as cold as it should.

On older refrigerators the coils can be found on the back of the unit. Newer models have the coils underneath covered by a toe kick.

Rear coils are easy to clean by pulling the refrigerator away from the wall. For floor coils, use a long, thin vacuum attachment made for cleaning underneath. And always unplug the unit before you clean.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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