Questions tagged [refrigerator]

Questions about residential mechanical refrigerators, usually used for food storage. Built-in ice-makers and water-dispensers are on topic here, although [tag: ice-maker] should be used in conjunction with this tag for the former.

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Why does my freezer get a little warmer every 14 hours?

I equipped my fridge-freezer (Bosch KGN 33X48/13, bought around 2013) with a self-made temperature monitoring system to warn me whenever the internal temperature of the freezer rises above a certain ...
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How long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator?

Today I received my new refrigerator, and I've been told not to plug it in until a couple of hours have gone by. Some people told me a couple of hours was enough, but others have told me up to 12 ...
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Is it damaging to turn off a small fridge for two days every week?

I am a student who studies in a different city than my home so I go home almost every weekend or second weekend. I recently brought a room sized fridge and to save electricity costs, whenever I go ...
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Going to be away for 4 months, should we turn off the refrigerator or leave it on with water inside?

I have found people saying it's better to leave it on with water inside because then mould will not form. Is there any other downside except for electricity bill? It's a smallish refrigerator which ...
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Does a refrigerator compressor need settling time after being laid on its back or side?

A friend of mine mentioned that after laying my fridge on its side or back, that I need to let it sit for several hours before plugging it in. In the discussion, he said that it was to allow the ...
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How long should I wait to plug in my refrigerator after unplugging it?

I just had a strange recommendation when I wanted to move the fridge inside my house to a new position. It's just about 2 feet away. I was told that I should wait 30-40 minutes after I unplug the ...
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What are the rules for unplugging a refrigerator?

I'd like to unplug my fridge for a few hours each evening to have silence in my small studio while I fall asleep. It is on a timer, so it happens at random times through the cooling cycle. I was ...
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How to reduce noise from my refrigerator?

I live in a studio appartment and there is a fridge in my room which makes sleeping difficult. Is there a way to reduce the noise it makes? Is it maybe possible to cover it with noise insulant without ...
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Why would a GFCI trip on refrigerator circuit?

My refrigerator is tripping the GFCI on the socket into which it is plugged. Searching about this topic seems to indicate that this is a reasonably common complaint. However, I can't find any ...
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Can I use a UPS as a Voltage Stabilizer?

I need a voltage stabilizer for my refrigerator. Can I use a UPS for this? I own an APC Back-UPS marked "Output: 230V~, 2.6A, 50/60Hz...". The label on the fridge says "220V/50Hz". Can I use this UPS ...
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How do I clean a very dirty refrigerator?

I just got a new house and inherited a very moldy and mildewy refrigerator. My first though it to get some cleaning spray with bleach and just go to town, but I'm worried the bleach might damage the ...
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Why does my ice maker make a knocking sound and not produce ice?

My ice maker is making knocking noises every few hours and rarely produces ice. Every now and then (once a month or so) it actually starts making ice and the noises stop for a day. It's a GE french ...
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Any ideas on how to keep a refrigerator from moving without wheel locks?

I've got a frig on a tile floor without any wheel locks, and it likes to slide forward every time I open a refrigerator door quickly. So far I have tried: toilet shims shoved under the wheels. ...
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Why did Home Depot (.ca) try to sell me “Door Swings” with my fridge? What are they?

I was eyeing up delivery charges etc for a french door fridge I was buying, and homedepot.ca at that point informed me I should buy "door swings" (optional). What are "doorswings"? I found this ...
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Why did my refrigerator/freezer stop cooling?

The other day my combined fridge/freezer stopped cooling. I tried to turn the temperature dials inside the fridge but it didn't work. I read that this could be due to the evaporator coils being ...
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Refrigerator fail due to adjacent chest freezer

I recently moved into a rental property and within the first week the refrigerator stopped keeping things under 50ºF. When the guy came out to look, he said it was due to my chest freezer being near ...
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Is it possible to use the ice maker on a refrigerator without a water supply line?

Our department just moved physical locations. We were able to bring the fridge from our previous break room, but our new location does not have a water line anywhere nearby for the ice maker. The ...
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What is this plastic basin on the back of my fridge, and does it require any special care?

While cleaning my kitchen and behind my fridge, I found this part on its back. It was filled with a moldy liquid that looked like water. I threw the liquid away and cleaned the part. I’ve added a bit ...
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Why is the fridge water line popping out of the connection when under pressure?

I am trying to run a water line for my fridge. I put the saddle valve into the sink cold water copper pipe. That seemed to work fine - no link from the valve. But, when I screw the plastic tubing ...
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How do I cap off an unused refrigerator water line?

I am installing a new refrigerator. The new one doesn't have an ice maker in it and the old one did. I need to turn off the water, and when I do it will shut off all of my water. This is a rental ...
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How strong are copper refrigerator ice maker water lines?

How strong are the standard copper refrigerator water lines? I have a decent size coil of copper line behind my refrigerator and I am afraid to re-position/re-coil it because I have no idea of it's ...
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Do refrigerators struggle with too warm a temperature setting?

My apartment's fridge just stopped working (the light didn't even come on), after showing some signs of struggling in the last day or two (vibrating in sync with light flickering). The landlady asked ...
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Repair fridge door shelves

Our fridge has two white plastic shelves on the door. Both are cracked in the bottom - one just around the center, and one where almost the entire bottom has cracked along the front. I'm not ...
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Refrigerator temperature fluctuates wildly

I have an Electrolux Icon french door refrigerator left to us by the previous apartment owners. It has no model/serial sticker on it and they told us it was a gift from a relative. After two years of ...
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How do I discharge the capacitor of my refrigerator?

In order to avoid electric shock, I need to discharge the capacitor of my refrigerator before working on it. How do I do it, and where can I buy an appropriate power resistor?
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Restoring an old fridge; should I add a ground wire?

I'm rewiring an old monitor-top fridge. The original wiring was only 2-wire and it has completely disintegrated. I was thinking about replacing the power cord with a grounded plug and wiring the ...
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Why does my Whirlpool refrigerator ice maker not make ice exactly one day a week every week?

My Whirlpool Gold refrigerator's ice maker does not make ice one day a week. After that day it begins to make ice again as normal. I think I read in the manual about a setting for Jewish households ...
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Should I be concerned about fridge/freezer airflow?

We just recently had the following counter/cabinet system put into our basement family room. After everything was done, I started to get concerned about airflow. The enclosure was built in such a ...
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Why is my refrigerator so loud? Can I fix this?

I live in a small NYC apartment and my refrigerator is close to the bedroom. When it kicks on, it's makes a loud thunk/click, and can be enough to wake me up. (While running it's pretty quiet.) I ...
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Why is my refrigerator leaking?

The make of the unit is GE and below is a link to a picture of the label on the back. There aren't any other markings anywhere. I'm guessing this is an older model. Here's a close-up of the ceiling ...
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What can I do about minimizing small shards of ice shooting out the ice dispenser on LG refrigerator?

Ever since we bought this fridge it's been doing this with the ice dispenser. It's only 3-4 months old and I've tried cleaning out the tray where the ice is made but to no avail.
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Is checking the oil in a fridge as straight forward as a car?

I see in another question that the compressor in a fridge has oil in it, and that it has the ability to get dirty over time. Based on the knocking sounds of my fridge, I wonder if it's due for an oil ...
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How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?

Recently (or, perhaps, I recently noticed) my garage fridge started shocking me if I touch it in the wrong place. (A sampling of "wrong" places: the door hinge, a spot on the other corner where the ...
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My mini fridge is not working. Should I repair it or simply toss it out?

I came to work on Monday to find that my mini fridge (Frigidaire FRC25B2GB, purchased < 2yrs ago) isn't working. It had completely defrosted, so had been off a while. It was on a power strip that ...
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What does it mean when my fridge sounds like a machine gun?

I have a fridge that I believe to be 20 to 25 years old. (It came with the house.) Not always, but sometimes when it finishes its cooling cycle, it makes a loud rattle-like sound, almost like three ...
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GFI reset is behind refrigerator, need to remove refrigerator from circuit and relocate GFI

I am looking at purchasing a home in Florida, built in 2005. Our home inspector was not the smartest cookie in the jar, but accidently discovered some strange things. So far, this is what I have ...
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Island under-the-counter refrigerator

We recently bought a house that has a free-standing wine fridge placed in a space in the kitchen island (I hesitate to say installed). We also bought this place knowing full well that unit did not ...
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How to stop fridge water line without stopping everything else?

So. My old fridge finally went and I will be getting a new one delivered. The company that I am buying the new fridge from is going to haul away my old one. I noticed that I don't have any type of "...
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Water from refrigerator tastes bad after 5 day power outage

The water from refrigerator tastes very bad after 5 day power outage. Everything rotted in the fridge and we had to clean it out after the power came back on. The fridge is fine now, but the water ...
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Can I plug an air conditioner and a chest freezer into the same outlet?

I have a Gibson/Frigidaire through the wall AC unit plugged into a dedicated 3-prong outlet in my a room of my apartment. I'd like to put a chest freezer in my office for homebrewed beer. Is it safe ...
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What do I need to connect a refrigerator water line?

I currently have a water valve behind my refrigerator, but it's not hooked up to our current refrigerator. I have no tubing coming out of the valve. We purchased a new refrigerator and want to hook ...
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What can I do to fix the dispenser in the front of my fridge?

My ice maker works (so the fridge is connected to water) but when I try to get water or ice from the door on the fridge nothing happens. Is there a fuse or something that could be blown? I know there ...
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What's the normal duty cycle of a refrigerator compressor?

I recently bought a house and it came with a fridge. It's a GE model GSH25JSXSS side by side. I think it's fairly new because the seller's agent told the seller to replace her appliances with ...
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How do I modify a refrigerator water line to add a shut off valve and flexible pipe?

I recently bought a house and bought a new fridge to go with it. The copper pipe that connects to the fridge water has a shut off valve underneath the house and is extremely inconvenient to access. ...
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Why is the small white box near my fridge's compressor making an incessant clicking sound?

I have a small Frigidaire (model FRT045GB) ~9 months old (but shockingly outside of warranty) which recently started clicking. Actually it almost sounds like a small water pump? I have been able to ...
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Humming refrigerator

My refrigerator just today started periodically humming for about 10-15 seconds every 20 minutes or so (something low, 1kHz or lower, I'd wager, though I don't have an amazing ear), followed by a ...
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Copper tubing for refrigerator

My copper tubing for the water line to my refrigerator became slightly bent while I was installing it is it a big deal should I buy new copper tubing?
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Which pipe to use to top-up refrigerant in a freezer?

My freezer is apparently slowly leaking refrigerant. I sent it in for repairs a few years back, but now it is failing with the exactly the same symptoms: compressor working non-stop, temperature never ...
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Need to push fridge back but don't want to squish water line

So I bought a new fridge that happens to be a little deeper than counter depth. After getting the fridge to our house, we realized that our cabinetry is designed for counter depth. We actually like ...
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Does it make sense for a freezer to work , but the refrigerator to not work?

We have a relatively new fridge (~2 years). Its got the double door over/under freezer, but the door has a weird way that it closes in that it can get stuck open very easily. The fridge was left ...