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In this issue:
1) Installation Quick-Tips, Part 2: Refrigerators
2) Subscribers-only Free Shipping sale: Still on!
3) ‘And Now For Something Completely Different’
talked about washer and dryer installation last time, and it got
me thinking it might be a good idea to do a quick run-through of some
refrigerator installation details this time.
this applies to upright freezers, too, and we’ll get into others,
like ranges and window air conditioners, in upcoming issues.
Installing Frost-free Refrigerators in Cold
It's really handy to have a backup refrig out in
the garage, but I regularly
hear complaints about garage refrigerators with freezers that aren't
cold enough in the winter.
Keep in mind that most refrigerator thermostats
are sensing fresh food
temperatures, ‘looking’ for approx. 40F. This is significant because
the temp in your garage falls below 55F or so, the thermostat won't run
compressor enough to keep the freezer food frozen (0-5F).
If the garage or shed temperature hovers around
40F, the unit won't run at
all and the freezer food will start to thaw. Note this doesn‘t apply to
but only to refrigerator/freezers.
A few refrigerator models years ago actually
sensed freezer temps and
avoided this, and newer units made just for garages are also engineered
do it, but that's not the norm. So be aware of this, and just empty the
section before winter if you live where temps fall below 60 or so.
Also, compressor oil thickens in cold weather,
and in theory that should cause
hard-start problems. But I never see it happen, at least not in domestic
My own chest freezer has spent well over 25 years on an unheated
porch with no ill effects, and I find that's pretty common.
There are clamp-on electric compressor heaters
available for this if necessary,
but I've never had to install one.
I get a lot of questions on this subject.
The short answer is that a refrig doesn’t have to be absolutely level to
operate correctly, so I recommend you concentrate on door-swing. I did
a lot of installing when employed by appliance dealers over the years,
only rarely used a level. We always used door-swing to set up new units.
You'll hear it said that you should set doors to
swing closed by themselves,
but I’ve never recommended that. The first time you bring home groceries
and try to transfer them to the refrig, you'll know why. Can be a real
cabinet feet/rollers so the doors stay wherever you put them, and
you'll be a lot happier.
Water Supply Lines
talked about this before, but it’s been a LONG time. The first thing
I’d mention is the choice of water line materials. A lot of installers
but I definitely stay away from it. Over time it gets brittle and
out here in the boonies, our mice love gnawing on the stuff! Either one
those scenarios equals water on the floor – and lots of it if no one’s
to catch it early!
heavier gauge copper is more expensive, but well worth it. I’m not the
only one who’s seen thousands of dollars worth of hardwood flooring
because a refrig installer or homeowner wanted to save a few dollars
buying tubing. My good friend and neighbor is a professional hardwood
flooring installer, and can tell plenty of horror stories on this
recommend using ¼” OD ‘refrigeration’ copper, available at plumbing
& heating supply houses. The icemaker hookup kits sold today nearly all
‘water line’ copper, tubing with a thinner wall that doesn’t last very
some water conditions. I’ve seen it ‘pinhole’ and leak within two years,
it has a troublesome tendency to kink, as well.
‘frig up here on the hill turns 30 this year (it’s ‘Harvest Gold’, but
to die!), and is still using its original coil of refrig. copper that we
with. Pretty amazing.
connecting to the back of the ‘frig, remember to leave 3 or 4 large
some 8-10 feet, of tubing looped behind it like a giant spring. Plenty
makes it easy to pull it out, and service techs will love you for it!
other tip I’d mention on this subject has to do with locating the saddle
on your water pipe. Whether it’s a self-piercing or drill type valve,
it with its access hole on the top, or the side, of the pipe, rather
than the bottom.
I’ve seen some really tight spots where the side was all that’s
possible, but the
top is definitely best if there’s any way to do it.
reason for this is sediment. It’ll surprise you how fast the refrig
sediment screen(s) will clog when the water supply is coming through a
valve mounted to the bottom of a pipe, where the sediment all collects.
itself will eventually clog completely.
many newer valve screens not accessible for cleaning any more, this
a critical issue.
Setting that ‘Energy
little installation detail that can be confusing is that little energy
that salesmen love to emphasize when you’re shopping for refrigerators.
The front 'divider mullion' between the upper
and lower sections on most top-freezer
refrigerators has a tiny electric heater behind it. This heater prevents
on this surface in high humidity, and ever since energy consumption has
of a concern, they've been 'switchable'. On many brands, you'll see an
switch that turns this heater on/off.
Too many of the refrigerators I see have mildew
destroying the top seal and rust
attacking the mullion because this switch has been used to turn the
heater off. It's just
too easy to forget to change this from winter to summer, so I always
advise you leave
this heater 'on'.
Manufacturers and retailers have done a good job
of confusing the issue, and your
'energy-saver switch' may say 'on' when the heater's actually turned
off. What we
want is this heater turned ON year-round, unless you happen to live
humidity stays really low 24/7/365. Running this little heater
year-'round will cost
several dollars in electricity annually. But it will save you more in
the long run, from
mildew-damaged door seals and rusted divider mullions, etc.
It's very easy to figure out. Just feel the
front face of the divider; if it’s warm to the
touch, you're in business. If it’s not, flip the switch the opposite
way, and check it
again in a half hour.
of you have taken advantage of me ;-) with the 'Two or More Ship Free'
sale, and once again this month shipping and handling are no charge for
any two or
more online products, to any US address. But only for DRSNews
Regrettably, this has to be limited to US subscribers, as international
have gone crazy.
the current list of parts and tools included:
Sale Parts If you don't see the one
you need there, and you're a subscriber, just
ask me and we’ll work something out.
(Note: you’ll initially
be charged the shipping/handling via Paypal, but I refund it, usually
in cash, enclosed with your order.)
One of the incredible rewards I get from writing this newsletter is the
all have been to me over the years. I want you to know I appreciate you,
and this is just
one small token 'thank you' that I'm happy to do for you. ‘Hope to be
able to continue
this subscribers-only special for a while longer.
Please feel free to send me any other ideas you might have for
subscriber 'perks' I can
add for you, and I'll do my best to make them happen. And any
suggestions for article
topics and/or manuals are always welcome.
Swing by and check out my new Appliance Terms Glossary Project if you
haven't yet -
it's still a work in progress, and the full downloadable pdf version's
almost ready. Here's
what I have so far:
Sorry - this issue’s starting to sound like a sales letter, and I don’t
mean it to be! It’s just that whenever I find something that works well
for me, I get excited about it and want to share it with you guys! I’ll
try to keep it to a minimum!
Wonder if you remember Monty Python? Anyway, I’ve just ended up with the
entire music inventory of a local Christian bookstore that recently went
out of business. Includes some 900 Music CD’s and over 600 cassettes!
I’ve just begun posting these in my Ebay store, and due to a lack of
space here, I need to move them out fast.
all of them are priced at just $4.00 plus the S/H! If you don’t see
anything that interests you, drop me an email and ask. It’s nearly all
contemporary Christian music
(I’m keeping most of the Southern Gospel for myself! <grin>), and in
some cases there
are 2, 3, or 4 of each album.
Feel free to stop by
and have a look at the titles I have listed so far;
(Click the ‘Music’ category)
don’t see any of your favorites posted there yet, just ask, and I’ll
the stacks for you.
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