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?

Topic by drinkmorecoffee 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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!??

Topic by PS118 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


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

Topic by microsuperman 11 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


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.

Topic by grumpydad 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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

Topic by adacquel 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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 

Topic by richardwdyer 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago



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.

Question by mccroan2 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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?

Question by prismspecs 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago



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??

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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."

Topic by NachoMahma 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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?

Question by boston515 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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?

Question by gotchers 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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?

Question by tgferreira184 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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.

Question by morpheus2011 9 years ago



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!

Topic by Plasmana 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Frigidare / Electrolux FRT04L5DB0 Refrigerator

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

Topic by Red Gym 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


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. 

Topic by ElmoRoyD 7 years ago


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!

Topic by Sebvandenbrink 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


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.

Question by 9 years ago


I want to build a heatpipe to move heat (30 watts/hr) from the interior of my refrigerator to the exterior of my house

during the winter. I am considering using a 1/2 copper tube capped filled with ethanol, water or acetone. I plan on Adding the fluid (how much?)to the open tube heating one end with a torch and soldering on the second cap to seal the tube and create a vacuum. any ideas would be appreciated.?

Question by bmake 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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?

Question by Sharing Fun with WiSH & EmmaS 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Heat sink mystery

While harvesting parts from a tiny refrigerator, I found something that I don't understand. There was a heat sink about 6 inches square on the back with a 12v fan attached. Underneath this arrangement was a smaller heat sink about 3 inches square and sandwiched between the two was an aluminum block, also 3 inches square and about 1/2 inch thick. Between the block and the large unit is what appears to be a ceramic tile about 2 inches square, seperated from the larger sink with a thin layer of white foam. This tile is glued very securely to the back of the larger heat sink. What puzzles me are the two wires running from a PCB to the ceramic tile. They disappear into the foam but I can't tell what they connect to. A heat sensor that is attached to the large sink, perhaps? There was a twist knob inside the unit that allowed you to adjust temperature from Min to Max. I don't want to pry off the tile just yet in case this might be something useful in its current condition. This refrigerator is probably more of an ice chest than anything, else. There are no coils on the back and no compressor. The only motor is what drove the fan. There is a drip pan on the back and what looks like a plastic hose connection but I don't know if this tube let water in or out. The whole refrigerator is only about 2 feet cubed. It was powered by a standard grounded AC cord. How did this thing cool? And what do those mysterious wires under the ceramic tile serve?

Topic by Boy Genius 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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.

Question by dwj_jackson 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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.

Question by R3dfish 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


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.

Topic by joshthejest 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


WHAT'S A BETTER WAY TO MOVE SUCH A HEAVY ITEM UPSTAIRS?

Isn't moving a ~300 lb refrigerator up flights of such stairs very DANGEROUS? .. I know of catastrophic resulting injuries.. I'm thinking of a few design improvements; and wonder if others are too.. Besides the obvious (pictured) need to add good ratchet straps, and a larger dolly, my designs range from better muscular force use, to mechanization....  Also,  can anyone please inform here about gripping, one-way, or ratcheting pulleys?.. Thanks good thinkers.

Question by micit2 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Can I mount a fridge from the ceiling? Answered

My parents are moving into a home about a fourth of the size they live in now, since the kids are at college. The kitchen is a sad affair and needs to be torn apart. Even with a fair amount of work, the kitchen will be under 120 square feet. A standard fridge cuts the usable space down drastically and stick out into walking ad working areas.  Under cabinet fridges are being considered, but the below counter cabinet space is limited enough as it it, at best around, 200" linear of 32" deep counter and 90" of 24" deep counter.  The idea hit me when I was searching for fridges that fit under counters when I saw commercial display fridges, and mistook them for ceiling units.  So, is there any way to hang a small fridge from the ceiling? What kind of joists/beams would be needed to keep it from crashing down? Or is this a crazy pipe dream?? Are they just too heavy with all the copper coils and insulation?

Question by eggplanthunter 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Do refrigerator magnets affect food?

Topic by Malvavisco 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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

Question by iceng 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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!

Question by murkas 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What lubricant to refill a fridge compressor with?

Hey all, I just grabbed a compressor from a fridge that had been badly mangled by a bulldozer at a demolition site, planning to make a vacuum pump or airbrush compressor (or both!) Trouble is, I thought the liquid it contained was leftover refrigerant, and drained it all out. I didn't really have a choice, as leftover freon was gassing out of the compressor (thought it had lost pressure, but there was still a little in the compressor) and it was sputtering the oil everywhere. I held it upside down while carrying it home, and when I got it here, it was apparently empty. Then I found out that what I poured out wasn't liquid freon, but actually vital oil that keeps it alive. The compressor runs fine, but I only tried it for a few seconds for fear of destruction. I have many lubricants here, motor oil, 2-stroke oil, bike chain oil, etc. If I'm to dump an oil into my compressor, any ideas on which is the best call, and roughly how much should it take?

Topic by Rectifier 11 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Can I add a DIY freezer compartment to my fridge?

I've got a large fridge, without a freezer compartment. I only use a small fraction of the space available in the fridge, so I was wondering if I could add a small freezer compartment to the top of it. The filament (or whatever it's called - the cooling bit) takes up the entire back wall of the fridge. It's built into the back, not visible. This is always getting covered with ice, even on low settings (probably because I only really use it to chill water - something to do with condensation, perhaps?), which I take to mean that it's capable of freezing stuff. And sometimes I leave bottles of water too close to the back of the fridge, and they get frozen solid. I was thinking I could maybe attach some kind of drawer to the back of the thing, just to keep ice cream, etc... But what could I make the drawer out of? Would it need to conduct the cool-ness from the filament at the back? Would I be okay to attach it by screwing into the sides of the fridge? (away from the cooling filament) I've spent all day googling for an answer. You're my only hope.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Making a mini fridge. How many peltier units do i need?

I want to make a mini fridge rather than spend the $80-100 for one. I wanna make it 3'x2'x2'. How many peltier units would i need and do i need heatsinks for both sides (hot and cold)? Also do i need a converter to change the 120v down to something the peltier units can handle?

Question by sj898 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



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?

Question by littleangels 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


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?

Question by WKrottIII 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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. :)

Topic by Rogue Gourmet 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


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?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


best way to clean stainless steel refrigerator doors

Question by ricardo587 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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?

Question by readbob 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


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 ?

Question by iceng 3 years ago  |  last reply 5 months ago


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?  

Question by harlyquin 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


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..

Question by karthikraja_09 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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.

Question by bobzhawg 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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.

Topic by drosengarten 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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.

Question by RichardHellyer 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


"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.

Topic by romaurie 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago