Refrigerator fire

So my Refrigerator caught on fire... it was weird. I was getting ice out of the freezer when I noticed the light was flickering, then I remembered the light burned out months ago, that was my biggest clue. And it explained the crackling sound I was hearing. I unplugged it before it got out of control or anything, and nothing was damaged.... Has anyone else had their fridge catch on fire?

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Refrigerator Insulation?

Background: I was looking at Costco and they have their big semi-rugged totes on sale this time of year for like $6! The thing I'm pondering is sticking one in inside another and filling the space between with insulation.  But what to put in between? You're probably thinking what I'm thinking, Pinky:  Spray it full of Great Stuff foam. But then I'm looking at my fridge going... that thing is literally freezing inside and not even cool to the touch on the outside!  What kind of insulation do they use?  I'm guessing something trickier than Great Stuff, what with Energy Star ratings and all.  In short:  What is it and where can I get some!??

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How do I dismantle a refrigerator??? Answered

I want to dismantle an old 'Slush Puppy' machine and remove the refrigerator, leaving only the mixing tank, motor and frame. Bearing in mind refrigerant is R404A, and I will need to cut the refrigerant lines to do it, is it a job I can/should undertake myself? If it is, what is the best way of going about it, and if not, who should I contact to do it for me??

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evaporative ammonia refrigerator

I was wandering if anyone knows how to make an ammonia evaporator refrigerator system. I am looking for something that is equivalent to commercial ammonia evaporator refrigerators. Thanks

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Re-purposing a refrigerator

I am re-purposing a refrigerator to make an egg incubator. What crossed my mind was that perhaps rather than using another source to heat it, perhaps the chiller system (which is fully intact and working) could be reversed? Has anyone on here undertaken a project which involved deliberately causing a refrigerator to work in reverse and so heat up inside? Any information would be gratefully received.

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Custom Refrigerator Skin

I wanted to figure out how to create a skin for large items such as refrigerators, washing machines,  etc.   I am having trouble conceptualizing the necessary steps to completely hide cosmetic blemishes on large machines and appliances.  Would creating a skin be a good solution?  I am guessing there is a more elegant way than simply placing a large image printout underneath glass?  Also FYI, some of the appliances are completely brand new so I would ideally want a "top layer" solution as opposed to a "painting" solution. Nice to have features: 1.  weather proof 2.  Can be easily swapped with new design

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Refrigerated Dog Bed

Ahoy-hoy, My first post on Instructables! Anyhow, we own a 10-month old Great Pyrenees and live in the drought stricken and warm Southern California climate. As summer approaches we have been looking at options to help keep her cool and we haven't had the greatest of luck with cooling beds available on the market, our Coonhound tore up the first one as a 50 lb pup during his first summer. I was thinking about potentially re-purposing an old mini-fridge coolant system into a cooling bed. My very initial thoughts are as follows: 1. Salvage working mini-fridge 2. Disassemble cooling system 3. Create bed surface using sheet metal (our Pyr won't sleep on the any of the multiple plush beds available to her, only concrete or dirt) 4. Create mount base for bed, ideal scenario would have a force sensitive switch that would only turn on refrigeration unit when dog is on the bed. 5. Thermally attach refrigerator expander coils to the underside of the bed, most likely via solder but could bolt together with thermally conductive paste 6. Rig up an enclosure and support structure for the compressor, heat exchange coils, and electronics. I imagine the bed surface resembling the weight scales at the vet but with some provisions to attach a padded fabric cover. Things to be addressed: 1. Ensuring proper temperature regulation...she has a thick durable coat but don't want to over due things. Temperature feedback shouldn't not be too much of a hurdle using an Arduino or using the existing "twisty-turny" nob in the fridge 2. Properly disassembling the salvaged fridge, don't want to unnecessarily release the refrigerant and defeat the whole purpose 3. Make this thing sturdy enough to survive the wear and tear of one and/or probably two 85 lb plus dogs Is this too far fetched (no pun intended, my dogs aren't retrievers)? Any thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rich 

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Frigidare / Electrolux FRT04L5DB0 Refrigerator

Anyone know how to get the freezer door apart to switch the hinge on this unit?

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The next generation of Refrigerator Magnets

My Mom has started her own business - an online business! Refrigerator ReferenceThis is cool, she is selling the next generation of refrigerator magnets, not the fun souvenir types, but the helpful ones...Refrigerator Reference is a new range of useful and stylish fridge magnets to inform, entertain and adorn your kitchen. Everything from oven temperature conversion charts, basic recipes, seasonal produce, ingredient substitutions, and food additives to baby basics, pet information, hangover cures, natural cleaners and much more.All of her magnets are Environmental Friendly, and she also offers 'Reduce Your Carbon Footprint' magnet FREE to every customer!

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Refrigerant r-22 tank

I have acces to a lot of r-22 tanks already empty.  What can i do with them? Are this things safe for making a grill or to cook inside  of them? Proper recycling is not an option since no one in this country do that. 

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How do refrigerators work?

I've always wondered what keeps my beers cool and my cheeses fresh. Now I'm new to Instructables, but on the advice of a good friend, I thought I'd post this here:   I love to figure out, research, how stuff works. And then figure out how to tell that story. This one animation has a bit of a story itself, because it turns out I made the first version a bit too fast... I didn't do my research properly. Anyway, so here it is. I'm curious to know what you think!

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what is the easiest way to make a refrigerator fit into a space that it is barely too big for?

We took the old refrigerator out and tried to put a refrigerator in that we had in our old house but it is about 1/2 inch to wide. What would be the easiest way to make it fit. The kitchen counter is causing the problem and there is plenty of room on the top.

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how can I remove a refrigerator's pump in environmentally responsable way?

I have an old refrigerator which still works on CFC's, and I need it's pump. How can I remove it witout releasing the CFC's inside?

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Trying to make a small pizza with refrigerator biscuits. Any ideas?

I want to make a small pizza but not individual size and use refrigerator biscuits as the crust. Any suggestions?

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Compressor-free refrigerator may loom in the future

. From Compressor-free refrigerator may loom in the future at Penn State Engineering via Slashdot:University Park, Pa. - Refrigerators and other cooling devices may one day lose their compressors and coils of piping and become solid state, according to Penn State researchers who are investigating electrically induced heat effects of some ferroelectric polymers."This is the first step in the development of an electric field refrigeration unit," says Qiming Zhang, distinguished professor of electrical engineering. "For the future, we can envision a flat panel refrigerator. No more coils, no more compressors, just solid polymer with appropriate heat exchangers."

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Is it possible to create a filter for a water-dispensing refrigerator?

We have a refrigerator that dispenses chilled water. However, our landlord failed to equip any sort of filter, and the tap where I live tastes gross. Does anyone have a suggestion on how we can make a water filter for our refrigerator for less than $30?

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how do i fix a broken refrigerator? Answered

Yesterday evening I heard something that sounded like an electrical short. Then I started smelling that smell that happens when something shorts out (burning electrical odor). Now my refrigerator/freezer is getting warmer and warmer. You can hear it trying to "cycle on", but then nothing happens. Someone told me it was probably just a switch. Any suggestions on trouble-shooting this problem?

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How to magnetize new refrigerator door gasket????

Refrigerator door gasket came unmagnetized. Very expensive, and, royal frustration thus far. Got the thing installed okay, but there is no 'seal'. Supposedly, according to Whirlpool, they don't need magnets in the fridge door gaskets to seal.....(Yeah, right) Any way to make a gouzer? Figured I could depend on help here. If I had enough magnets, I'd make my own. Also, why are the gaskets on the door?

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How to repair, not replace, refrigerator door seal?

We have a 1972 Coldspot 3 door refrigerator/freezer that has leaking door gaskets that are causing condesation and mold growth on the outside of the door. My father loves this 40 year old "antique" but for the cost to replace the 3 magnetic door seals, about $200.00, we can by a pretty nice used late model fridge.  Is there any way to tune up the old magnetic seals to function properly again. I am considering adding a form a gasket or silicone to the existing seal surface and closing the door onto an oiled or waxed surface to create a "custom fit". Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Will a refrigerator compressor run when on it's side?

I'm building a Keg-erator out of a used Bourbon Barrel. I've stripped the guts from a 'Dorm Fridge' and planned on using it as my cooling element, but when I plug it in, it only runs for about 10 seconds, then shuts off. I tried to make sure the grounds were attached to: (first the metal bands on the barrel, then second the piece of metal, then onto the floor). I'm wondering if the fact that the compressor is now on it's side has anything to do with it, or if it is in fact a grounding issue. The outlet does not trip when plugged in. Anyone have any ideas?

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Help with Refrigeration for a (Very) Custom Bar Top

The gist of this question is this: How do I calculate the size compressor rig that I need for a cooling system? The larger context is this: I am building a bar in my living room that has some special features - Namely it has a "cold strip" running across the top of the bar - which amounts to a 4 inch wide strip of chilled copped built into the bar top- to keep your drink cold; as well as two vodka wells - which each hold a bottle of vodka in a frozen bath of (cheaper) vodka (under a glass dome). The bar top is made of Styrofoam and composite materials (I used to make Surfboards) and is basically seamless. The copper tubing will be built into the bar top - under the composite and soldered to a copper plate - which is built into the composite.... you get the picture. I have built "frozen" sculptures in the past using old fridges that I have disassembled and then re tubed. In the past I have always just winged the amount of tubing I used and thus far - have gotten away with it, and the sculptures have always worked. This time though I am buying the compressor new and want to match the unit to the need - but I have no idea how to calculate the needed compressor to the job. Any help would be great. Thanks! And Yes, I will post the Instructable when the bar is completed. :)

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Sub Zero refrigerator model #KSSS 42DMX 05 does not restart after defrost.?

Will not come out of defrost mode every few days. This is an intermittent problem.

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Has anyone got thoughts using a UPS on a refrigerator? Answered

A friend has a six year old Viking Professional refrigerator that must be manually key-board restarted after a momentary power interruption.   My solution for this bad design is to put a UPS on the refrigerator. After all the refrigerator load is very small and much like a computer load. I plan to size the UPS to the instructions of the fridge circuit beaker .   Anyone with experience ?   A

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I want to rewire a refrigerator light for a project. Can I turn this into a wall socket? ?

For a regular light I know this is possible. Maybe it's better to take it apart and wire it? What are the things I should know before attempting this?

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How to repair a hole in a refrigerator curved plastic ice tray?

Our refrigerator ice tray has a 3 inch hole in the bottom. The hole is in the curved part of the floor of the tray. Is there a flexible plastic/acrylic I can use to repair the hole?

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Can someone help me fix an ammonia RV refrigerator ? Answered

This is a 27 year old RV dual power ammonia refrigerator.  It runs on 115VAC or propane until a month ago when the smell of leaking ammonia gave it away. Now it, the Fridge, is ambient temp as the ammonia smell is dissipating. A quick check with a local RV repair said $ 2000 for a replacement :( Any hope ?

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Any ideas on how to fabricate a refrigerator door gasket?

Hi all, I have this old refrigerator that works great except for the gaskets which have shriveled with time. I tried taking to my local appliance salesman and he gave me the producers number and told me to call them. so i tried that and asked for a replacement or how to make one. She told me "We have no parts for your refrigerator. Period. Go talk to your local appliance store." has anyone tried to make one at home/work or have any suggestions? thanks.

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can I reverse the cycle on a refrigerator to warm the inside?

So I have just built (mostly) a workshop shed, and it's about time to move in work benches, tables, small appliances, etc.  I want to be able to move some temperature sensitive stuff out, too, and I don't want them to get too cold. I'm probably over thinking this and there's a simpler solution, but a refrigerator is already a well sealed, temperature controlled, shelf. If I could get a second hand or scratch and dent, could the condenser be put on the inside to make a "warm box" for winter?  

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After puncture in the freezer, the cylinder on the back underneath water tray is hot

I was deicing freezer in the refrigerator and accidentally puncture. Gas went out for a few seconds. The refrigerator has topped working. When I cleaned the back and trowed away accumulating water, the cylinder beneath is still hot. Any possibilities or repair?

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i want to know the alternatives for the refrigerant R11 which is available in india now..

I will be helpful if i get the all the properties of the alternate refrigerant............and if i get the p-h diagram for thesame..

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Anyone how knows how I can make a mini refrigerator?

Anyone how knows how I can make a mini refrigerator? It has to keep two cans of coke cold. It's for a school project and can't be to expensive, max. 40$. I have acess to special tools if needed. About my english, I know it's bad ;) Thanks for all answers!

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How can I make a white refrigerator black with out using appliance paint?

I have heard of "skins" for appliances to change their appearance and hard of someone using some sort of plastic but cannot find it on the internet.

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Convert freezer ice maker into cold water dispenser

I'm wondering if anyone has ever converted an ice maker to dispense filtered tap water into the refrigerator.  I'm thinking a water line is already run into the ice maker so it could be split off and a hose could be run down into the refrigerator where you could push button dispense water or have it automatically fill a filtered water jug.  Let me know what you think.

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"The Romaurie-Effect"

I have been using refrigeration compressors for many years as vacuum pumps. When I started in commercial/industrial refrigeration some 30 years ago, all the engineers in "Prestcold" Bournemouth branch made their own small portable vacuum pumps from discarded domestic refrigerators. It almost appeared to me, a newcomer to the industry, a competition of sorts to make the most practical/aesthetic unit possible.Some engineers made varnished wooden cases to house the compressor. These were ideal for all small refrigeration vacuuming requirements. My interest over the last few years has been to use these "home-made vac-pumps" to produce vacuum filled inverted aquaria. "The Romaurie-Effect" as shown on "youTube".This is an on-going project.

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What type of paint to use for painting a landscape art painting on a refrigerator (with brushes)?

I would like to paint an actual painting on the front of my refrigerator. I need to know what kind of paint to use for a base coat and then what types of paint I could use for the details. Spray paint is not an option for this, I need to be able to paint with brushes, and all I'm finding online is "how to go from white to black" etc.? Also, if I should use some kind of topcoat to protect the final product.

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modify wine cooler thermostat refrigerator thermostat operating temperature

Hello. Can someone please tell me how to modify the thermostat on a wine cooler (that uses a compressor). I want to change the temperature from running between 10c-18c to 0c-5c. Please post an instructable or give me ideas- even if generic, it would be helpful.I am specifically trying to modify a baumatic bw18.

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Is there any light that for a refrigerator that is motion activated that runs on external power? Answered

I have a small chest freezer and a mini fridge that I keep things in and i wanted to know if there was a product on the market that could provide lighting to these? I dont want to drill into the units so something battery powered would be ideal, if anyone had an Idea of something that could be made that would be good as well. The closest thing I found was this http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Auto-On-LED-Cooler-Light/dp/B0043A3370/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid;=1306905359&sr;=8-2 and it is really close but I thought I would put my problem before this infinitely creative community.

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Homebuilt AC

Hello again everybody, bwpatton1 here with another one of his strange Ideas..... not as dangerous this time. Well, we built a gameroom, and currently it has a 10000 BTU window unit, in the South Texas summer it has a hard time keeping up, it also uses 900watts, well 900watts by itself isnt bad but we have two of these b/c we have two floors. I was wondering if i could build an AC to help supplement the run times of these AC's. My idea was to get an old refrigerator (and keep it outside) and run copper tubing through the freezer and into the refrigerator area and out of the refrigerator. Then, run this copper tube to a copper coil with a blower fan. Sound good sofar? Then I would run the end of the tubing back to the top of the freezer, somewhere in there there would be an inline pump somewhere............ OH and the lines would be filled with water/antifreeze??? Does anybody think this would be efficient enough to build? Or am I just wasting my/your time Diagram- the thing to the left is the refrigerator, and the squiggles are copper coils, and the thing to the right is a blower/coil. You were supposed to be able to read the writing on the diagram but the camera wouldnt cooperate

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There's a bird under my refrigerator. What do I do? Answered

An hour or two ago, there was a commotion out on my balcony; and then the cat came zooming in, dashing around and knocking things over. She ended up ferociously scrabbling for something underneath the refrigerator. Now, every so often the birds call from out on the balcony, I hear a bird call from the kitchen, and the cat is back to trying to launch an attack on the territory underneath the fridge. I don't really want to have to haul the fridge out from its place, but I don't want a bird trapped under there either. Any ideas?

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how long can you store soya milk ?

How long can soya milk be stored in a refrigerator ?

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Homebuilt AC unit???

Hello again everybody, bwpatton1 here with another one of his strange Ideas..... not as dangerous this time. Well, we built a gameroom, and currently it has a 10000 BTU window unit, in the South Texas summer it has a hard time keeping up, it also uses 900watts, well 900watts by itself isnt bad but we have two of these b/c we have two floors. I was wondering if i could build an AC to help supplement the run times of these AC's. My idea was to get an old refrigerator (and keep it outside) and run copper tubing through the freezer and into the refrigerator area and out of the refrigerator. Then, run this copper tube to a copper coil with a blower fan. Sound good sofar? Then I would run the end of the tubing back to the top of the freezer, somewhere in there there would be an inline pump somewhere............ OH and the lines would be filled with water/antifreeze??? Does anybody think this would be efficient enough to build? Or am I just wasting my/your time Diagram- the thing to the left is the refrigerator, and the squiggles are copper coils, and the thing to the right is a blower/coil. You were supposed to be able to read the writing on the diagram but the camera wouldnt cooperate

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