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Fridge cooling woes

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?
posted by avocet on May 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Refrigerator Shelf Life of Bread (Until It Becomes Unhealthy)?

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]
posted by WCityMike on May 8, 2010 - 19 answers

Refrigerator Magnet Game?

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?
posted by nzero on Apr 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Can we eat food from a broken fridge and how can we fix the fridge?

My refrigerator isn't running, so I can't go catch it. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Can a brother get a hookup?

Installing a new water hookup for a fridge. [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Feb 11, 2010 - 11 answers

I want a sexy kitchen!

How can I best use the top of my refrigerator? What's on top of your fridge? [more inside]
posted by Bergamot on Feb 2, 2010 - 47 answers

What is this horrible smell emanating from my refrigerator?

What is this horrible smell emanating from my refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Jan 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Reversing refrigerator doors

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?
posted by mudpuppie on Nov 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Not-so-Fantastic Plastic

Can you help my household kick the plastic habit? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Oct 30, 2009 - 35 answers

Why isn't my frozen food frozen?

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]
posted by werty on Oct 22, 2009 - 3 answers

What could I use to cover or hide a dent on my new stainless steel refrigerator?

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]
posted by willnot on Aug 31, 2009 - 9 answers

For sale: Jenn-Air High Speed Food Rotter

Why are things suddenly starting to go bad/sour/rotten in my fridge much sooner than they used to? [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Aug 25, 2009 - 18 answers

how to mount plexiglas on stainless steel fridge?

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).
posted by kenliu on Jul 25, 2009 - 22 answers

Will I blow more money on a repairperson or by screwing things up myself?

When is it worth trying to fix your own appliances (an Amana ARB1917 bottom-freezer fridge in my case)? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 24, 2009 - 11 answers

smudgeproof stainless steel fridge?

We're looking for a refrigerator that meets the following criteria: [more inside]
posted by netsirk on Jun 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Best site for refrigerator shopping?

Is there a site where I can search for specific refrigerator dimensions? Not cubic capacity, but actual height, width and depth. [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames on Apr 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Appliance review site suggestions

Looking to replace an old refrigerator - where can I find reliable ratings / reviews online (that I don't need a subscription for)? [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on Apr 6, 2009 - 5 answers

24 hours, no more no less? I doubt it.

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]
posted by onshi on Mar 20, 2009 - 29 answers

Will freon poison my food?

I punctured the freon line in a GE minifridge. Is the food safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome on Feb 14, 2009 - 8 answers

When did the refrigerator become message central?

What did the refrigerator door become "the place" to hang kids' art, notes etc.? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jan 18, 2009 - 15 answers

Can I still eat the ham?

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?
posted by deezil on Dec 21, 2008 - 23 answers

Why the long Use By date on chicken?

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]
posted by gfrobe on Oct 27, 2008 - 5 answers

Tips on dealing with dirty and careless people at the office ?

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]
posted by KogeLiz on Oct 20, 2008 - 46 answers

Help my refrigerator remember its purpose in life.

Appliance Repair For Dummies Filter: Is there anything we can do to get our fridge to, y'know, refrigerate things? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Sep 1, 2008 - 9 answers

Bakingfilter: Fridge to oven? A-OK or madness?

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.
posted by longdaysjourney on Aug 25, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I stop the extreme condensation in my refrigerator?

How can I stop the extreme condensation in my refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert on Jun 21, 2008 - 8 answers

You know, for kitchens!

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?
posted by unSane on Jun 18, 2008 - 16 answers

My fridge is busted!

Do you have any recommendations for fridge repair in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by clarahamster on Jun 10, 2008 - 1 answer

My fridge is failing to cool my food.

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]
posted by fishfucker on May 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Where to get colored refrigerator bulbs

Where can I get different colored light bulbs for a refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on Apr 20, 2008 - 9 answers

Quietest fridge?

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?
posted by kilikina73 on Apr 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Frost forming in a frost free refrigerator.

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]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Mar 13, 2008 - 13 answers

Can't stop thinking about fridges and winter...

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 ;)
posted by advicepig on Feb 21, 2008 - 17 answers

Whyfore the pleasant odor of refrigerators?

I really like the smell of the inside of refrigerators and freezers. Why on earth is this? [more inside]
posted by Quidam on Feb 11, 2008 - 13 answers

Are "counter depth" fridges deep enough?

Are "counter depth" fridges deep enough? [more inside]
posted by alball on Jan 29, 2008 - 24 answers

Can I equip my lab with consumer refrigerators?

Buying refrigerators for the lab: is there a good reason not to go with consumer models? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto on Jan 24, 2008 - 17 answers

FridgeMagnetFilter

Help me find safe, amusing refrigerator magnets for my 15-month-old nephew. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 13, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me not cause a kitchen appliance disaster

Safe to put a microwave on top of a fridge? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Nov 12, 2007 - 22 answers

Shelf life of scrambled eggs

How long will scrambled eggs keep? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on Oct 27, 2007 - 21 answers

Fixing a freezer.

I just broke my landlady's fridge-freezer. I was scraping ice out of the icy part, and I nicked the cooling device, letting out all the magic gas. Can I fix it? Can my engineer buddies fix it? [more inside]
posted by topynate on Oct 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Diurnal refrigeration: harmful?

Can I unplug my refrigerator full of beverages overnight? [more inside]
posted by silby on Oct 1, 2007 - 9 answers

mmmmmm....Click.......Click..

Mini-fridge woes. [more inside]
posted by puffin on Sep 20, 2007 - 8 answers

Looking for non-evil, normal fridge

Online reviews of fridges are scaring me. Looking for suggestions for a solid, no-frills, long-lasting fridge... [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty on Sep 5, 2007 - 13 answers

help me convert a mini-fridge into a foot-rest/fridge?

will a mini-fridge ("cube") still function if turned on it's back (cooling coils downward-facing)? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 on Jun 17, 2007 - 14 answers

How do I label jars that have been in the refrigerator?.

Are there any labelers (preferably electronic) where the labels will stick to refrigerated glass but be possible to remove later? [more inside]
posted by Caviar on Jun 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me avoid the stinkfridge!

Help me save money by bringing lunch to work: I need a mini fridge (not a dorm fridge!) that is of decent quality. [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Feb 27, 2007 - 16 answers

Protecting a fridge in the great outdoors

I need some suggestions about how to protect an old, small beer fridge which I'm going to keep outdoors from the weather, particularly the rain. [more inside]
posted by Second Account For Making Jokey Comments on Feb 26, 2007 - 11 answers

Freezer/Fridge not cold

KitchenApplianceFilter: My Whirlpool fridge (the number inside says ET8WTK) seems to be messed up. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Feb 26, 2007 - 3 answers

Where to get a fridge in LA?

Where can I buy a cheap fridge in LA (and have it delivered)? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Feb 8, 2007 - 8 answers

Revive an impaled refrigerator

So, I just skewered my refrigerator. The buildup of ice in the freezer was so awful I had to use something sharp to chip it away. Imagine my surprise when a small eruption sprays white, chemical-smelling gas at me! [more inside]
posted by conch soup on Jan 1, 2007 - 26 answers

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