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  1. Guest

    Shall I store my eight year old Samsung waist high refrigerator:

    *unplugged?
    *unplugged, except for 5 minutes every 3 months, for exercise?
    *plugged, but that isn't "storing" it, so forget it.

    I have discovered I can survive without a refrigerator, but want to
    keep it around just in case (somebody gives me 100 watermelon burgers.)

    Acmehowto.com says "Don't store your refrigerator unplugged. Some
    units require continuous use to ensure proper lubrication of the
    compressor."

    And some people say to plug it in every 3 months for 5 minutes for
    lubrication.

    And some people say don't plug it in at all during storage.

    I found indeed that some refrigerators won't even start after a 3
    month rest. Others work fine...
     
  2. Charles

    Charles Guest

    The compressor seals can dry out and shrink and even crack during long
    periods of non-use.
     
  3. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    is that why when you run into HHGreg them guys want to sell you a fridge
    real quick?

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  4. Jasen

    Jasen Guest

    Domestic refrigerators have sealed compressors which don't have seals
    that deteriorate with disuse. some larger commercial units do (those
    with the motor outside of the compressor vessel) as does also
    automotive A/C.
    try dropping or banging them if they don't start

    Bye.
    Jasen
     

  5. You could get a cheapo timer to turn it on for 5 minutes per day.
     
  6. default

    default Guest

    A very long time ago it made sense to run it for awhile periodically.

    Today home refers, and AC's and drinking fountains, ice cream
    machines, wine coolers, dehumidifiers, etc. use sealed systems.
    Everything that moves along with the refrigerant and lubricant is
    inside a metal can - the only real seal is where the wires come
    through the case and they don't move. Don't sweat it. Before you
    power it up again make sure it has been standing upright for a day and
    the ambient temperature is not below freezing.

    Leave the door open or wipe out all the moisture - sometimes a roach
    trap is called for too.
     
  7. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    *snip*
    You'll probably want to put something* on the door so it can't close
    completely, just in case something (or someone) gets in it. I don't know
    about modern refrigerators, but I've heard of kids getting trapped in
    older ones.

    *Perhaps a dab of caulk on the frame, so the seal won't seal, but you can
    peel the caulk off when you're ready to reactivate the fridge?

    Puckdropper
     
  8. What about domestic air conditioners?
     
  9. Jasen

    Jasen Guest

    All the ones I've seen have sealed compressor-motor units, with a
    separate non-sealed motor for the fan.

    The guy who calls himself Homer Simson is in the AC business he's
    probably more familiar with that hardware.

    Bye.
    Jasen
     
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