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I am able to access the back of the condenser coil to clean it but cannot get to the front of it. Using a flashlight from the front I can see that the coil is totally caked with dust. How can I get to the front of the coil in order to clean it? The fridge is very low to the floor and it appears that the water lines enter through the front toe plate, therefore making it hazadous to remove the toe plate. Even if I were able to remove this plastic toe plate, there is a metal one directly behind it. I do not see any way to clean the front side of the coil without totally disassembling the refrig. I am a woman, so that is not an option. Please advise.

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Get a shop vac and a condenser coil brush,you can buy it at any appliance or hardware store,you stick the brush into the coil and the dust sticks to it or falls apart onto the floor or i use a shop vac,one end vacs the other end blows,i vac up as much as i can and then blow the rest off of the coil,you can remove the bottom back panel and blow it to the back wall and then vac up the dust that blows to the back

Posted on Feb 27, 2011

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  • robertshe560 Feb 28, 2011

    The problem is cleaning the FRONT of the coil. I have already removed the back panel but cannot access the front of the coil

  • Sal De Feb 28, 2011

    remove the front bottom panel and remove the back bottom panel,tick the nozzle of the shop vac in the front with it on blow and blow the dust from the front to the back and it will blow out the sides,then just vac up the dust.it's that simple.i do it all the time

  • robertshe560 Feb 28, 2011

    The water line is entwined in the front panel and there are metal panels behind the front panel. I already broke a spring and lever type mechanism to release the front (plastic) panel (when the doors are open) but the panel will not release due to the water line being there. Do not want to deal with pulling the water line out. It is a GE Profile model, about 5 or so years old.

  • Sal De Feb 28, 2011

    if you can't remove the bottom front kick plate you better call someone in to show you what to do to get it off so you can clean the coil.on some of the front panels there are two screws that hold the kick plate on or you just grab it and pull the bottom forward and it pops off,it might look like the water line is wrapped around it but it should be behind it.if the water line is in the way there's a quick disconnect on the line,no water will come out until you hit the dispenser for the water.if you can't do it get someone that can,i can't tell you any other way you have to remove the kick plate to clean the coil

  • robertshe560 Feb 28, 2011

    I will try it this morning. Thanks

  • robertshe560 Feb 28, 2011

    Yes, the kick plate was held on with screws that were accessible when the doors were open. Behind the kick place there is a plate that appears to be porcelain, with oblong 1.5" oval openings every few inches. This plate is machined onto the bottom of the refrigerator. The oval openings are not large enough to even put a regular vaccum hose through. I can't imagine blowing from the back, as I will die of an asthma attack and the job will still not be done. It is no wonder we live in such a throw away world. Thanks for your help.

  • Sal De Feb 28, 2011

    listen to me,pull out the fridge,remove the bottom back panel,on the right hand side you're gonna see a round piece of metal with holes in it next to a fan blade,that's your coil,get the shop vac and vac off as much as you can,do this with the fridge unplugged,then switch the shop vac around to blow,blow into the coil with quick short bursts,when the dust blows out vac it up then blow it again,do this until it's clean,you can blow into the coil near the fan blade also,that will blow anything from the inside out and you should be done cleaning the coil in 5 to 10 minutes,if you want to clean under the fridge,remove the front kickplate and blow into the front and any dust that's under it or in front where you can't reach it will blow the dust to the back and out the sides,it's this simple,if you just want to clean the coil it's in the back on the right hand side,it's not like the older machines with the coil underneath.i hope this helps you out,you said you cleaned the coil in the back if you want to clean under it just blow it out from the front.with your vac you can't use a brush or anything all you can do is blow it out to clean it,if you already did this then you're all done

  • Sal De Mar 01, 2011

    how did you make out,did you clean your coil?

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