My refrigerator runs too long, methinks. What might be the problem, and would it be madness to try to fix it ourselves? [more inside]
My fridge is leaking. Can I fix this myself? Details inside... [more inside]
Help me fix my refrigerator. [more inside]
Too tiny! Too tall! Too deep! Is there a Goldilocks fridge out there that is just right? I need a counter-depth fridge (with freezer, top or bottom) that really is counter depth -- 24-25 inches at the most with door and handle -- without being more than 32 inches wide. Many so-called "counter-depth" fridges I've seen are 29-30 inches deep once the door and handles are included, and even when I find one the right depth, it's very wide, typically 35-36 inches. The best match I've found so far is the LG 349, but it's a full six inches narrower than my current (awkward, too deep) fridge, and the slightly larger version I've seen at a store still seems toy-sized and flimsy inside, while being a little too tall for me at 74 inches. I'm in Canada (Toronto, to be precise).
We're moving and need to disconnect the water line to the fridge's icemaker, but the compression nut won't budge. Before Sir Acorn and I do any more damage with pliers and wrench, what's the secret? [more inside]
Refrigerator trouble. [more inside]
Help us decide what type of refrigerator to buy. [more inside]
I just discovered that my fairly elderly refrigerator and freezer have stopped cooling. What is most likely to be wrong, and is it worth it to attempt to fix it? [more inside]
Refrigerator trouble - loud clunks - what should I do? [more inside]
Replacing a refrigerator door seal: handy homeowner project, or professionals-only procedure? plus related questions. [more inside]
I bought a kit to hook up my ice maker to a cold water line. I am having a hard time figuring out how to get the poly tube connected to the saddle valve. Pics inside... Also, I am aware that the back side of the saddle valve is not pictured. I have that, but its not in the pictures. [more inside]
My side by side refrigerator/freezer stopped cooling, so we unplugged it and went to buy a new one. On a lark I plugged it back in 24 hours later, and now it functions perfectly. Anyone know if the problem is likely to return (or what the problem might be?) I vacuumed the back-bottom compartment where the compressor is located, but there wasn't much dust there so I doubt dust was the problem.
Our heirloom (hah!) refrigerator is dying. I'm thinking of purchasing an Electrolux ICON Professional 16.5 cu. ft. refrigerator, with plans to buy the matching freezer later (I have an upright freezer already that will suffice for the time being). Does anyone have any experience with this product? Something similar you think might be better or might want to warn me away from? My biggest concerns are for quality of construction and reliability, but I'd love to hear any/all thoughts you might have about this appliance. Thanks!
We just moved into a new apartment, and our cat promptly decided to hide behind the fridge (~20 year old Inglis System 2000, freezer on top). When we pulled it out from the wall to get her out, we decided to give the back a vacuum. I'm not sure when or how the condenser coils popped out like this but now they won't lie flush with the back again. I'm assuming this is why our freezer is no longer freezing and our food has thawed (as we just moved in, we had nothing in the fridge). Any ideas? Thanks in advance?
How long can one keep bread in the fridge? (If it matters, usually a Brownberry multigrain loaf.) StillTasty tells me merely that it's not recommended, but doesn't offer a date. If I'm willing to accept that refrigeration causes the bread to dry out and become stale, how long does it on average remain "good", i.e., not hazardous to eat? [more inside]
What was the online refrigerator magnet-style word game where you made sentences with random pools of words within a time limit, and then everyone voted on the results?
My refrigerator isn't running, so I can't go catch it. [more inside]
Installing a new water hookup for a fridge. [more inside]
How can I best use the top of my refrigerator? What's on top of your fridge? [more inside]
What is this horrible smell emanating from my refrigerator? [more inside]
I've volunteered to reverse the doors on the office fridge (i.e., change them so that they open from the right, instead of from the left). I know the basics of how to do this, but I don't want to look like an idiot in front of coworkers. Any tips, tricks, or things I should know before starting to loosen the screws?
Can you help my household kick the plastic habit? [more inside]
FridgeFilter: I recently overstuffed my freezer and blocked the cold airflow, which partially defrosted some of the food in the far corner, away from the air. I have since restored the freezer temperature, but after several days, the thawed food isn't re-freezing. Why? [more inside]
What could I use to cover or hide a dent on my new stainless steel refrigerator? I don't want to spend a few hundred dollars to have it professionally fixed (assuming that was even possible), and I have low confidence in any of these dent repair suggestions working very well. [more inside]
Why are things suddenly starting to go bad/sour/rotten in my fridge much sooner than they used to? [more inside]
I have a stainless steel fridge and a toddler who is learning to walk. I want to mount a sheet of plexiglas over the bottom portion of the door to prevent it from getting dented. I would like this to look decent and be non-permanent so I can remove it when we eventually move. Any ideas on how I could do this? All I can think of is using some kind of tape, but I think that would sag after a while. Bonus for suggestions on how to also stick stuff to the plexiglas so that I can post up my kid's artwork (the stainless steel is non-magnetic).
When is it worth trying to fix your own appliances (an Amana ARB1917 bottom-freezer fridge in my case)? [more inside]
We're looking for a refrigerator that meets the following criteria: [more inside]
Is there a site where I can search for specific refrigerator dimensions? Not cubic capacity, but actual height, width and depth. [more inside]
Looking to replace an old refrigerator - where can I find reliable ratings / reviews online (that I don't need a subscription for)? [more inside]
Examples of suspiciously round numbers that have, in all probability, been fudged up or down? Extra points for cases where those numbers can be safely discarded in favour of a different, more realistic figure. [more inside]
I punctured the freon line in a GE minifridge. Is the food safe to eat? [more inside]
What did the refrigerator door become "the place" to hang kids' art, notes etc.? [more inside]
Can I eat ham that wasn't properly refrigerated? I got a fully cooked ham from my employer, put it out in my car trunk during the day, and forgot about it when I got home. Over the next few days, I didn't remember it at all. The whole time it was refrigerator temperature outside, and the trunk of my car was probably the same temperature. All that changed when I had a freak 60 degree day on Friday, and then it was back to being 20 outside. I remembered the ham last night as I was putting something else in my trunk. Did that 60 degree day ruin my chance of eating the ham?
I've read that raw chicken should be kept in the refrigerator for only 2 or 3 days before using. So why is the "Use By" date on the chicken sold at my local supermarket 6 days from now? [more inside]
How do I get my 'professional' co-workers to stop leaving food in the refrigerator for months? And how, in general, prevent them from being so careless? [more inside]
Appliance Repair For Dummies Filter: Is there anything we can do to get our fridge to, y'know, refrigerate things? [more inside]
Bakingfilter: Fridge to oven? No problemo or madness? I want to bake a cake tonight (a pflaumenkuchen) that's been sitting in the fridge all day. Do I need to let it warm up to room temp before I bake it (recipe says 350 F for 40-45 min) or can it go straight from the fridge into the oven? It's in a metal pan, so I'm not worried about anything breaking. Burning the cake would be a sad thing, however.
How can I stop the extreme condensation in my refrigerator? [more inside]
For a long while I've thought about developing a domestic climate-controlled larder, for food which doesn't really belong in the fridge (bread, eggs, cheese, tomatoes and so on) but doesn't want to be left out on the counter. Would you buy one and if so what features would be most useful to you?
Do you have any recommendations for fridge repair in Seattle? [more inside]
The side-by-side fridge in our rental (a GE tfx22zrs, tfx22jrs) has been failing to keep the refrigerator side cool (freezer side works fine). I think I have traced this down to some kind of lightbulb short -- the bulb heats up so much, so fast, I presume it is keeping the food from getting cool; possible fuse problem? Do fridges have user-serviceable fuses? Or is this a compressor problem and the lightbulb a red herring? [more inside]
Where can I get different colored light bulbs for a refrigerator? [more inside]
Our family room is right next to our kitchen, and our very old and noisy refrigerator is *right* next to our couch. Watching TV is turning into a volume-control nightmare. What is the quietest (North American) botton-freezer refrigerator I can spend my tax refund on?
Anyone know much about refrigerator repair? Frost is forming right around the ice tray on a frost free refrigerator. Easy fix, or do I call in the repairman? [more inside]
I can't stop thinking about fridges and winter. Would it save much energy to freeze gallon containers of water outdoors and put those in the fridge now and then? It's Minnesota winter over here and I want to make the most of it ;)
I really like the smell of the inside of refrigerators and freezers. Why on earth is this? [more inside]
Are "counter depth" fridges deep enough? [more inside]
Buying refrigerators for the lab: is there a good reason not to go with consumer models? [more inside]
Help me find safe, amusing refrigerator magnets for my 15-month-old nephew. [more inside]