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Could the refrigerator coils caused a fire with paper stuck between them?

I just had kind of a scare. I was cleaning the coils behind my refrigerator and found a pad of paper which had fallen from the top of the refrigerator to the back and it was hung up between the coils. I'm so thankful that I found this because I was thinking that in time it could have caused a fire. Do the coils get that hot? I've learned my lesson - never ever put anything flammable on top of a refrigerator because you never know when things could get accidentally pushed to the back and fall behind the refrigerator.

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  • Greg D
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    9 years ago
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    A refrigerator condenser coil will never got hotter than 150 degrees and that is the max. They usually run around 65-80 degrees.

    Paper ignites around 450 degrees.

    So the answer is NO, it will never ignite from the heat of the condenser coil.

  • 9 years ago

    No. Refrigerator coils never get that hot. It's not a problem or a safety hazard. You should clean the coils regularly so they operate at maximum efficiency, but that's just an energy saving thing.

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