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 the [ice-maker] tag should be used in conjunction with this tag for the former.

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Why does humidity change suddenly when my fridge's compressor turns on/off? [closed]

I'm building a curing chamber in an old fridge, and I've started by capturing some data on the fridge's performance: I'm really unclear on what's happening when the compressor changes state. When the ...
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Refrigerator freezer is building up ice on inside bottom floor [closed]

We keep getting at least 2-3" of ice on the inside bottom floor of our refrigerator freezer.
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How to remove ice maker from Miele / Liebherr freezer?

I have a Miele KFN 8701 SE freezer (also known as a Liebherr freezer) which has an ice-maker which has failed. A plastic part has come free, and also what looks like a temperature sensor: This is ...
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Can you use Isolation Transformer on Refrigerators? Any side effects?

My GFCI always trips whenever refrigerator is connected to it maybe because of the defrosting thing and my old built in the 1930s without third grounding wires. I have to take down the house just to ...
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Is a new refrigerator likely to trip a 20 amp AFCI/GFCI circuit?

Will a new GE Cafe refrigerator/freezer work on my kitchen AFCI/GFCI 20 amp refrigerator outlet? My current 8 year old Samsung constantly trips the circuit.
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Energy Consumption Per Month of Freezer

So, I am for the first time buying a freezer yet I am confused about the energy consumption. On the website, it has this sticker: I cannot work out if it means: "This appliance will consume 168kw ...
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How to move my fridge for easier cleaning?

I'd like to be able to move my fridge easily so I can clean under/in back of it. I got these "sliders" for it ez moves and put them under the fridge, but since the fridge has casters, the casters ...
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What kind of connector is this, or where can I get it?

Does anyone know what kind of connector this is? I have to change the power supply cord on a mini fridge and need the same 2 prong connector that plugs into the circuit board. Its the size of my thumb ...
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OK to disconnect ice maker/water dispenser in new refrigerator?

We have to replace our current refrigerator because there's mold in the insulation in the door where the water dispenser is. When we shopped for a new refrigerator, we tried to find one without a ...
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Refrigerator does not have a coil visible in back

Is it a defect if a refrigerator does not have a coil at back? If it has a coil, where is it located?
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How can I quickly defrost the water line in my refrigerator?

Every 12 months or so, the water line in my refrigerator ices up, so it won't serve water (the ice maker still works fine). Working the ice out of the line has historically (two or three times in the ...
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is a refrigerator start relay supposed rattle? not cooling

is the start relay supposed to rattle at all? my old one rattled noticeably, so based on what I read decided to buy another one thinking that part was broken. i decided to buy a certified used one ...
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Refrigerator is unplugged a couple days for cleaning, once plugged back in will not start

Amana - brand, perfectly functioning refrigerator, was unplugged in preparation for cleaning and including in sale of house. It was unplugged only 2-3 days, but now when it’s plugged back in it won’...
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Water backing up into Refrigerator Freezer

I have a General Electric HTS20GBCCC fridge that, after working faithfully for over a decade, suddenly started forming a layer of ice in the bottom of the freezer compartment. I looked it up online, ...
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Frigidaire refrigerator: no ice produced, and no water dispensed. What would cause this besides the 3-way water valve?

FFHS2311LBSA side-by-side fridge with water dispenser. Water is not dispensed, and no ice is produced. Common wisdom says the water valve assembly (3 valves, 3 solenoids) is the most likely culprit ...
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moving a used refrigerator

I bought a used refrigerator from a used appliance store. It was running when purchased, unplugged, and loaded upright onto the truck and has been that way since Friday. Once it is brought inside ...
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Refrigerator is not cooling, but freezer is working fine

I have a Whirlpool refrigerator model WRF560SEYM04 (bottom freezer). The refrigerator is not maintaining temperature, but the freezer is working fine. I cleaned the condenser coils, which were fairly ...
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Fridge / Freezer not cooling. No sound.

Short: My fridge was cold two days ago. Now it's not cold at all. Makes no sounds. Power is on and lights on. Long: Fridge was in storage for unknown years, and filthy. Cleaned and plugged in. It ...
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How to check for enough ventilation for wine cooler

I have a wine cooler installed in cabinetry with a lower front grille for ventilation. It requires about .5” on each side. I don’t have that space. I have .25” total on the sides. There is about 6” ...
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Fridge Water Line Leaking

My fridge water line is leaking, not the line running from the wall to the fridge, but the line that is inside the fridge. The issue is the connection where the inside line meets the outside line. ...
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Using automotive R134A in my refrigerator?

Can I use automotive R134A in my refrigerator without damaging anything?
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Why is my fridge building ice on the outside but not getting cold inside?

My fridge is getting cold enough to quickly produce huge amounts of ice (see picture below) despite being fully defrosted (I used a heat gun) but it can't get below 50° F. Does it matter that all ...
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How can I change the lighted area on my restaurants refrigerator? [closed]

I'd like to change the area that's lit up on this refrigerator so it has my coffee shop logo: https://www.restaurantsupplydrop.com/collections/refrigeration-units/products/atosa-bottom-mount-two-...
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What material can be used to bond metal to metal and is removable in the future? [closed]

I'm looking to seal an opening in a metal refrigerator with a standard heatsink as a part of a thermoelectric cooling setup. It'd be ideal if there was a bonding material of some sort that can squish ...
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Freezer not cooling

I have a Samsung RF266 bottom-freezer refrigerator from 2010. The fridge part is working fine; the freezer part is suddenly not able to cool below ~35°F. I took off the evaporator cover and there ...
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Can a plastic fridge shelf be definitively repaired?

I have a fridge with a plastic shelf which first cracked, then finally split. Being short of cash and a replacement seemingly being not terribly easy to find, I thought I would see if it repairable. ...
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Could I shut off the refrigerator for awhile?

I purchased a new refrigerator two days ago and have been running it. But I need to stop using it for 70 days, and then start it again once I get married. Could this usage pattern cause a breakdown? ...
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In door ice maker quit working after water was turned off for a few days (Whirlpool)

I have a Whirlpool french door refrigerator (model WRX988SIBM) with the ice dispenser in the door of the refrigerator and it quit making ice the other day when I had to cut off my water for a few days ...
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LG Bottom Freezer French Door Refrigerator not cooling

I have an LG Bottom Freezer French Door Refrigerator that is not cooling. I plug the refrigerator in after sitting for a few hours. Inside the refrigerator the temperature controls read 4 for both ...
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Fridge works for 2 months if I unplug it for 2 hours

My fridge quits working after a couple months. The only fix seems to be unplugging it for a few hours then plugging it back in. It is not iced over. I have replaced the main control board. I have ...
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Refrigerator rust spots paint touchup

My refrigerator door has developed a few little spots where rust has bubbled up and the paint has flaked off. Mostly under 5mm in diameter, but a couple along the edges and corners of the door are ...
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What exactly is “direct sunlight”?

I bought a small room fridge. According to the manual, I should keep it away from direct sunlight, as "direct sunlight may affect the acrylic coating". I placed it in a position where sunlight may ...
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Flush and seal refrigerator HVAC leak?

So my fridge sprung a refrigerant leak and leaked out a bunch of its freon, I I thought I could Easily fix it by refilling it witth R134a with leak sealer. However it continue to leak and this ...
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Fridge has a weird smell coming from where the compressor is

I have a fridge that has some kind of weird smell coming from where the compressor is. Ive checked the wires and any connections to see if theres any burnt wires, theres nothing. Its not really a ...
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“3-in-1” kits for maytag refrigerator

Would a "3-in-1" kit (SUPCO seems common) help, or should I be budgeting for a replacement refrigerator? Maytag PTB1953GRW takes several attempts to start the compressor - 10sec buzz; 2min pause; ...
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Replacing Refrigerator Piping

I'm looking to do a little DIY project where I replace the refrigeration lines of my mini-fridge with some clear PVC piping to show what's going on inside. I haven't verified the PVC will withstand ...
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Fridge coil won't get cold

History: A year or 2 ago, my fridge started leaking from the freezer (bottom freezer) so I tried to fix it myself, assuming that the drain was clogged. I discovered that a large ball of ice had build ...
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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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TV, Monitor reset periodically

Recently moved into this house, built in 1994: Computer monitor resets: This happens periodically (possibly when large electrical appliances kick on like the fridge), but it also happens almost every ...
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Freezer periodically thawing out

I have a ~18 month old refrigerator (a Whirlpool, french doors, similar to this model). About two months ago we found that the freezer had largely thawed (as in, all of the food in it was thawed, ice ...
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Can I use an old refrigerator to produce water from air

I want to take apart an old bar fridge and use the components to produce potable water through condensation. My plan is to remove the condenser, evaporator and compressor from the fridge as intact ...
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Adding Outlets for a Stove and Refrigerator in my Basement

Does my panel have enough amperage and space for adding two outlets for a stove and refrigerator in my basement? Thanks for your help in advance!
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Running empty refrigerator

Can I keep an older refrigerator, which is empty, running on the warmest setting for an extended period without worrying about smells? Will it save considerable energy by turning it to the warmest ...
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GE side-by-side refrigerator, slow water flow, hollowed out ice cubes. Which solenoid valve(s

Our 2011 GE (Monogram!) side-by-side has been losing water pressure to the door dispenser for a couple of years, and now slowed to a trickle, as well as small hollowed-out ice cubes. The GE MWF ...
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my whirlpool side by side refrigerator

My whirlpool side by side refrigerator is not cold and freezer is cold but not making ice? I have replaced the relay switch on compressor, I have taken the back off inside the freezer and the fan is ...
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Circuit Breaker Trip - Identifying Culprit

A non-AFCI/non-GFCI circuit breaker tripped while I was away for a week. Connected were a full size residential in the U.S. (18 year old) refrigerator, 2 powered off computers, and 1 powered on ...
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Is it safe to use an old fridge after 14 years of non use?

Recently our fridge broke. We have a working one in the kitchen, standing upright in the same position in the kitchen for 14 years, it just hasn't been plugged in during that amount of time. It's ...
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Water line under the sink to fridge ice make isn't working. No water will come through the line. How can I clean it out?

This is the water line under the sink. Water is coming out of valve,but not the line.
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Do I have a dead fridge?

My fridge just made a noise like a tin lid hitting the floor. Now there is no power to it at all. Circuit breaker is fine. I can't pull it out by myself so I don't know if the outlet is ok. Is it ...
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Fridge: short vs long cycle

My fridge broke, so I replaced the analog thermostat with an ESP2688 + relay + DS18S20 temperature sensor. My server is getting the temperature readings every 10 seconds and is capable of switching ...

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