Marvel of modern refrigerators comes with new complications – Bangor Daily News

Marvel of modern refrigerators comes with new complications – Bangor Daily News.

The coils were moved underneath the refrigerator, along with a fan, since the heat could no longer dissipate passively into the room. The coils under the refrigerator really need that fan to get the heat away from the bottom of the unit because the heat would just kind of pool under there and not dissipate very well. And it would try to enter the cooled area again, which is a little counterproductive.

So the fan works great. It doesn’t use much energy either, but this is where the dirty little secret comes into play.

It gets dusty under there. I mean really dusty. And if you have a cat or dog, well, it gets plugged up very quickly.

Once anything gets on these coils, the energy efficiency you paid extra for drops off, because the coils now are not rejecting heat as rapidly, and eventually you get to buy a new refrigerator since the compressor will fail, in June, when the ice cream is getting ready to melt.

Is this planned obsolescence? Well, yeah.

When is the last time you cleaned the coils under the refrigerator?

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