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Old 03-16-2005, 06:34 AM   #1
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Seen the Back of Your Fridge Lately?

We almost had a (literal) meltdown yesteday. Woke up to a non-functioning refrigerator and freezer, both stuffed full of food.

I worried and dithered all day about it, trying to keep from opening either door too often to allow what little coolness was left from escaping.

Handy Husband came to the rescue again (love that man). When he got home he pulled the fridge out and vacuumed all the dust off the coils at the bottom of the back of the appliance. Voila! The beast sputtered back to life, and all was well. It just needed to breathe.

You would be amazed at how much crud collects behind your fridge. We've decided to vacuum it twice a year now, when we have to turn the clocks back or forward for daylight savings time.

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Old 03-16-2005, 10:16 AM   #2
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Yep, had that happen before. So we keep the back vacumed.
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Old 03-16-2005, 10:49 AM   #3
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we just vacuumed ours too about 3 weeks ago. can we say ewwwwwww ????
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Old 03-16-2005, 11:29 AM   #4
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UGH! I'm afriad to go back there!!
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Old 03-16-2005, 12:26 PM   #5
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I clean back their every 2 weeks...especially with a brand new refrigerator!!!
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Old 03-16-2005, 01:49 PM   #6
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Having been a Realtor, I saw a lot of refrigerator spaces and refrigerator backs when people moved. Actually had a couple of people throw up when they saw what was there. Also, I recall a couple of cases where fires started due to the refer overworking in an attempt to keep the temperature correct.
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Old 03-16-2005, 02:02 PM   #7
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That's no lie, Otter! I mentioned this in another thread but about three weeks ago the compressor burned out in my 16 year old fridge and filled the house with the stench of burning insulation. I called the fire department because I couldn't pinpoint the source and thought that wires might be burning in the walls. The back of the fridge was totally clogged with monster dust bunnies. I was kind of embarrassed because three engines showed up and the fire chief had a handheld thermoscope thingy to check the walls. Just the fridge! Oh well, it could have been much worse and I got a new fridge (at low cost) out of the deal.
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:33 PM   #8
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Must be hard to explain when people ask about your kitchen fire and you have to tell them that it was your refrigerator, not your stove that was on fire. It happens, though, and can be really nasty if you're not at home when it happens.
Edited to add: If you are having trouble getting rid of the smoke smell, put some potpourri in an old stockpot, fill with water and simmer, adding water occasionally to be sure you still have water and don't compound your problem by burning the potpourri. This pretty well thrashes the stockpot, so use something you're thinking of discarding anyway.
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:46 PM   #9
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Its especially bad if you have pets. :roll: I learned that the embarrassing way...having someone come in to replace my kitchen floor. Oops! That was the same day that I learned that the drawer on my oven pulled all the way out. HOLY COW! Now THAT was a dust bunny!
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:48 PM   #10
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LOL! Nobody has asked any questions, Otter! I hope it stays that way!
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