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

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 ...
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Is it damaging to turn off a small fridge for two days every week?

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 ...
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Is it damaging to turn off a small fridge for two days every week?

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. ...
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Plugging refrigerator only when necessary? (bottled beers)

There is no problem doing this. The water if any would come from melting ice. If ice is forming inside, check/ replace the seals. Keeping the door closed when unused usually forms mould. We hang a ...
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Going to be away for 4 months, should we turn off the refrigerator or leave it on with water inside?

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

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 ...
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How to connect fridge to existing water line

Unscrew the male-male coupling from your existing water line and the line from the fridge should then screw right in:
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Going to be away for 4 months, should we turn off the refrigerator or leave it on with water inside?

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 ...
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How long should I wait to plug in my refrigerator after unplugging it?

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, ...
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Paint inside refrigerator water shutoff valve—clean or replace?

At this point, I'd just replace it. You're missing the connecting nut and ice makers have different connecting methods than they did years ago. You can get a compression valve, which is what you have ...
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Going to be away for 4 months, should we turn off the refrigerator or leave it on with water inside?

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 ...
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Does a refrigerator compressor need settling time after being laid on its back or side?

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 ...
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Plugging refrigerator only when necessary? (bottled beers)

I do this with a drinks fridge, as well as with the fridge in my campervan. It's important to leave it clean and dry when you turn it off, so keep the door open a little for at least a few days, and ...
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Why do instruction manuals specify, "Do not use extension cord and provide a separate circuit"?

They are related, but separate, issues: Do not use extension cord This is in general good advice for almost any appliance that is "permanently" installed. By "permanently", I mean &...
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How can I remove a fridge that's trapped in my kitchen?

Assuming cased openings, temporary removal of your door jamb should get you there. It's often a matter of removing the casing and detaching one or more sides of the jamb. If you're careful it'll all ...
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Refrigerator won't cool if it's warm in the house

Refrigerators are cooled using a heat pump, the principle that all air conditioners work on. Basically, a refrigerant is pumped through the cool side and absorbs heat, then that heat is radiated out ...
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Does a refrigerator compressor need settling time after being laid on its back or side?

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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Ice maker stopped working for years, made a bucket of ice, and stopped again

made a full bucket of ice Could be all kinds of things, but since a full bucket normally requires several batches of ice, that could indicate a problem with the "bucket full" switch: ...
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How long should I wait to plug in my refrigerator after unplugging it?

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 ...
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Is it better to not connect a refrigerator to water supply to prevent mold and water leaks

Is it better to not connect a refrigerator to a water line to prevent water leaks and mold issues? If you do not want to use it that is fine I don't use ice very often and would just put an ice tray ...
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Can I remove the beeper from my older Bosch fridge?

I've replaced or disabled such piezo devices on several appliances (I don't even like that noise when it's working properly). It's usually not difficult to get access to the control board. There you ...
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Refrigerator won't cool if it's warm in the house

If basic cleaning doesn't help, your next call is to the local utility, and local government. Because many of them have rebate programs to subsidize, or even entirely pay for replacement of a fridge....
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How can I get the hinge pin out of the refrigerator door?

As the hinge pin appears to be flush with the plastic bushing, the first attack would be to pry at the edges of the bushing. If you can wiggle it out, the pin becomes more exposed, allowing for more ...
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Can a GFCI circuit ruin a refrigerator compressor?

GFCIs don't kill refrigerators. A certain percentage of refrigerators will develop leakage currents over time whether they are plugged into a GFCI protected circuit or not. All of the refrigerators ...
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How can I remove a fridge that's trapped in my kitchen?

Repair the refrigerator and then forget about the door problem for another several years. The idea that newer appliances use less power than the older ones is overblown, if not outright false. ...
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Is a divider between fridge and dryer necessary?

Most dryers leak some dust and lint from cracks in the frame and at the joints of the vent pipe. The divider will help keep that lint from being sucked in and deposited on the fridge's cooling fins. ...
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Going to be away for 4 months, should we turn off the refrigerator or leave it on with water inside?

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 ...
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What are recommended ways to connect fridge ice maker?

Something like this? (Brass Quick Tee Adapter) Do not use a saddle valve. In many places they are illegal...for good reason
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Freezer dripping water

Ecnerwal does a great job explaining why that line is getting wet. More could be said about how to minimize the effect. The suction line is cold because that's the tube carrying heat out of the ...
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How can I remove the pin from my fridge door bracket for reversal?

Based on this reddit post, you're not the only one to have this issue. The OP as well as a few commenters say they have had a stuck pin. The general advice is to try some kind of penetrant, but that'...
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