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It is defrosting. Frost free refrigeration equipment goes through a defrost cycle every few hours. This normally involves turning off the cooling compressor and activating a heat tape that is attached to the evaporator coil for about 20 minutes. This melts any frost and ice that has accumulated on the evaporator coil and keeps it from accumulating. It is ...


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Someone will close the door and... It will fill the fridge's internal spaces with mold Air holds moisture. Warm air is capable of holding more moisture than cold air. Everytime you open the fridge door, you let in room air. This contains more moisture than air can possibly hold at refrigerator temperatures, which means condensation occurs inside the ...


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You're probably not saving any meaningful amount of electricity by turning it off for just 2-3 days. Sure, it won't use any for those days, but the temperature inside will raise to room temperature. After you turn it on again, it will have to work for many hours to cool down again. This could cause abnormal wear on the compressor, because it's designed to be ...


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If you're gone for a long time, it's good to turn off anything that doesn't really need to be on. Not only does that not waste power, but it reduces the chance of something bad happening. The issue with fridges is that they collect moisture inside and they seal well. That's a bad combination if moisture starts out in the box. The way to deal with that is ...


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If you're going to turn off a fridge, you need to prop the doors open. If you don't, humidity in the fridge will cause the growth of mold everywhere, including potentially, places behind panels you cannot clean without some serious disassembly. Can't you just wipe out all the water? No. Some of the moisture is ice which has accumulated behind the panels ...


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As a certified HVAC person I can tell you it might work after standing back up and plugging in but depending on the system the oil drains from the compressor. On many units it takes time to make its way back to the compressor (if it can at all). I have seen brand new window AC units that were shipped on their side and turned on after several hours that blew ...


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There's 2 reasons to wait after moving a refigerator. If you tipped it over the oil needs to re-settle in the compressor. If you interrupted a run cycle the compressor may not be able to re-start, as the motor has a low starting torque and starts more easily working into a low pressure difference - ie after a little rest. In the first case wait a few ...


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Every Freezer including yours has to have a defrost cycle designed in or the cooling coils become so encrusted with frost the recirculation air can no longer pass over them. Then everything goes downhill. So the engineers design for and install an element between the coils, Control it with a timer and turn it on periodically to eliminate the frost build-...


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This depends a lot on where you live. Here in Florida for example, going away for a long period, you would NOT want to cut power to the fridge and leave it open. It would still grow "samples" all over the place. Instead you would want to add some water bottles (milk jugs with tap water in them) to the fridge, turn the temperature UP as warm as it will go, ...


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Total, utter, male-bovine-derived-organic-fertilizer. The cabinet isn't helping it cool any (and is almost certainly less ventilation space than the manufacturer requires), but the freezer really can't have much effect, being on the other side of the cabinet. The stove on the other side gets far hotter than the outside of the freezer does - so why wasn't ...


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Instruction manuals for refrigerators and freezers typically tell you to transport upright, or if not possible to allow to stand 24 hours upright before using.


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Wait until the motor stops running. Unplug it. Keep it upright while moving it - it's o.k. to tip it slightly to put a rug or towel under to slide it along the floor. Or just slide anyway. Plug back in. Job done. The waiting time is only when it's likely to be tipped when carrying, or putting it on its side in the car, etc.


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The oil is part of the coolant. Changing the coolant isn't a common task for home owners because of the specialized equipment required.


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Most refrigerators have adjustable feet that can be "unscrewed" in order to level the fridge. All you need to do is "unscrew" these feet until the wheels are slightly off the floor.


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Residential Kitchen In a dwelling unit (residential), GFCI protection is only required for kitchen receptacles that serve the countertop surfaces. There's no requirement to GFCI protect receptacles that serve a refrigerator. Unless the fridge is plugged into a countertop receptacle. National Electrical Code 2014 Chapter 2 Wiring and Protection ...


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You’re going to save at most $20 by turning it off ($60/3). You’ll go through effort and time to empty it and so on, plus incurring extra electric energy to re-cool it when you get back. I’d recommend filling both the freezer and the refrigerator compartments with random bulky objects so that there’s very little air remaining (air can leak; big boxes can’t). ...


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What about rubber furniture cups? If they are not deep enough, you could cut a channel in the center to set the fridge leg/wheel deeper.


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Usual recommendation is to turn it off and prop the door open so it airs out and doesn't give mold a chance to grow.


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The other answers are correct that you are seeing the normal defrost cycle of your freezer. I'd just like to add two additional observations: 1) There are commonly two kinds of defrost timers: mechanical and adaptive. Your fridge seems to have a mechanical defrost timer due to its regular 14hr cycle regardless of usage. That means it's often wasting energy ...


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That is almost certainly the drip pan, and it is intended to catch condensation flowing from the condensation/defrost drains in the fridge/freezer. This water should just evaporate into the surrounding air over time. Cleaning it occasionally is not a bad idea, but it is not necessary to 'replace' any of the water you may find in it.


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A fridge keeps a steady temperature by turning the compressor on and off. The only difference is that you exchange a few on/off cycles with one longer on-cycle when you get back. I would say that does not negatively affect fridge lifetime, and might even improve lifetime because the total on-time is reduced as well as the number of cycles. The only thing I ...


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A fridge motor is controlled by a thermostat - a device that reacts to temperature inside the fridge. So fridge motor starts/stops are completely agnostic to whether the fridge is level, the only practical consequence of fridge being non-level is extra noise. The most likely reason for fridge motor running too often are the following: loose gasket around ...


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It is not a hardware item it is a service. It is placed in the list of options needed or not, you simple decline. As you see there are two items listed as optional installation some are needed some are not. It is used if the refrigerator door swings open the wrong way for your kitchen they will shift it to the other side. In your case French doors are ...


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An open ground is not in and of itself a problem. Grounds are there to dump excess voltage in case something goes wrong. If all our appliances worked properly all the time, there'd be no need for ground. So what you have is two problems: Your fridge has a bare wire rubbing against the frame or other electrical short, And, the safety device meant to ...


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The water line to the fridge is most likely 1/4" OD tube (either copper to plastic). It would connect to the fridge with a 1/4" Compression by 3/8" Male Iron Pipe Thread adaptor. If this is the case, when you go to remove the line from the fridge, loosen the compression nut until the tube can be removed from the adaptor fitting. The unscrew the adaptor ...


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Most refrigerator alcoves are mini reverberation chambers, having hard sides. You may be able to place acoustic foam behind the refrigerator to absorb the sounds. If you're handy sewing, you could copy this design for a sound reduction blanket using polyester fiber fill used for coats. As a trial, just loop a couple of layers of the batting off a couple ...


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Another reason to turn it off: if it's on, but you have a long power cut (something trips your breaker for example) it could be sitting there wet for a long time, which is just what you're trying to avoid.


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I would minimize the amount you bend them. Think of it like a metal coat hanger, if you bend it in the same place several times, it will break. Only the copper pipe is hollow, so it will break a lot sooner. As best you can, avoid bending it multiple times in the same place.


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Make sure that the pipe is inserted into the valve as far as it will go before you tighten the compression fitting - it would only slip out if not properly tightened against the ferrule. Two other recommendations: Get rid of the piercing saddle valve and install a ball valve (1/4 turn) that has either a compression fitting or is soldered in place. Scrap ...


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I've never heard of this, Here's what I could dig up: Hold down the "Door Alarm" button for three seconds until "F or C" or "On or Off" appears on the display. Many Whirlpool food appliances comply to Jewish religious law by including a "Sabbath" mode, which disables many of the refrigerator's features, including the ice maker. Tap the "Freezer +...


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