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#1 kdog

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 08:29 PM

Worked with a fellow tech. today and we came across a btm mount Amana fridge whose DTS has blown it's top months ago. Turns out the lady who owns it noticed the ice forming on the rear panel and on several occasions took it upon herself to defrost it with a hair dryer. This was done without removing the rear panel, so only the visible frost was removed. Since much of her food has been spoiling, she decided to have it looked at to see why this keeps occurring.

Needless to say, the bottom door (drawer) was practically popping open when we arrived. The other tech ran out to his truck and reappeared with a small sachille containing a Steamer - We proceeded to melt the ensuing glacier using the forced steam vapor from this hand held "genie bottle". It worked fantastic!! did not cause the freezer liner to melt, and were able to control most of the runoff so as not to flood the kitchen via the drain pan.

If you haven't seen one of these babies in action, you may never use your heatgun again (at least for this purpose)

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 02:02 AM

Right you are Kdog! It's a great thing to have in the truck. It's perfect for clearing the frost from the air ducts on a SXS unit.
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Posted 08 August 2009 - 04:10 AM

I've tried them in the past, but didn't like the significant amount of additional water that it produced.  I guess I'm still living in the stone age with my hair dryer.


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Posted 20 October 2009 - 10:02 AM

Now that's a Hairdryer. LOL

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 02:05 AM

aditional water ?

there isnt that much water , maybe a half a litre

one fill of mine usually does the whole job

if the cust has been that stupid to leave it 2 months i tell them to turn it off and see them in a couple of days

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 01:23 AM

Can someone post a link where I can get a steamer for a reasonable price?

Thanks

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 03:33 AM

You lookin for more reasonable than $30-35 at target?
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 01:50 PM

[user=34365]ROBBYRIG[/user] wrote:

I've tried them in the past, but didn't like the significant amount of additional water that it produced.  I guess I'm still living in the stone age with my hair dryer.




WOW! Where do I buy one of those hair guns?

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 01:55 PM

[user=51236]Bob Scott[/user] wrote:

WOW! Where do I buy one of those hair guns?

You could KILL yourself with one of those ...

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 05:48 AM

My company has been using steamers for about a year. Before that we were using hairdryers. I think there's probably less water and you defrost in a third of the time.

Nothing new being said here, just reinforcing the fact that the steamer is the way to go. Walgreens or CVS stores have `em also. Average $40 or so.
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Posted 15 August 2010 - 04:42 PM

I'm going to give the steamer a try. Thanks.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 05:03 PM

once you learn it you wont be sorry...one of the best tools you can have.
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 04:24 AM

the job nobody mentioned where a steamer really shines is frozen drain tubes, like on the LG top mount

you wont get anywhere with a hair dryer for that job, and a steamer its done in seconds  :)

 
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 07:43 AM

[user=20728]BrntToast[/user] wrote:

the job nobody mentioned where a steamer really shines is frozen drain tubes, like on the LG top mount

you wont get anywhere with a hair dryer for that job, and a steamer its done in seconds  :)

 


Unless of course the foamed in drain line is plugged with paint chips from the evaporator tray and the steam vapor you are blasting is is coming out the back of the fridge interior and around the front mullion!
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 09:35 PM

Hair dryer users!! keep using your hair dryers ,let us also know when you melt a fridge linner :)))
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Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:37 PM

I buy mine at walgreens in the small appliance section usually 20-30 bucks. One of my co-workers uses a larger one like for steaming clothes, have not tried it myself but he says it is much faster than the handheld

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 12:08 AM

I have been using the steamer for about a year now. It's fast and does a great job on those drain lines. However, the other day I had to defrost a fridge that had a 4 inch build up of solid ice and that's before I removed the back panel. I told the customer's tenant I needed a bigger gun. I think I read it on davesrepair but I kept a small 1 gallon pump sprayer and an electric kettle in my truck. I boiled the water in the kettle while I was steaming, then once water was ready, poured it in the cheapie pump sprayer and melted the ice in no time at all. The advice that I read regarding this said to use a shop vac to vacuum the water. I didn't have one but did have about 8 chamois. I love my steamer but if I didn't have the pump I think I'd still be defrosting that fridge. The hot water and pump is an extreme measure and not to be used around water sensitive wood floors unless you have a shop vac. BTW tenant said she'd been complaining to the landlord for nearly 4 months about the fridge problem. And all this time it was a simple defrost limit. As they say, pay me now or pay me later.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:47 PM

Got me a new steamer on the way and she looks like this.
I'll let you guys know how it works.

SteamFast's McCulloch MC-1235 Handheld Steamer

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  • Steam Power: 1350 Watts
  • Water Capacity: 10 oz.
  • Steam Time: 8-14 minutes
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7" x 5.5" x 7.9"
  • Product Weight: 2.1 lbs.
  • Safety Rating: UL Listed
  • Continuous-fill water tank: refill as you clean; no time wasted on cool-down & warm-up
  • 30-second warm-up: ready to clean when you are
  • Adjustable steam: efficient for delicate AND hard-to-clean surfaces

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:24 AM

That looks uber-cool jerry...just in time for the summer defrost rush! Def let us know how it works...after 2 duct tape repairs my shark is on its last leg...
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Posted 15 April 2011 - 07:29 AM

Haven't had to defrost a unit yet but I used it to thaw out the fill tube on a IDI unit...cleared it out in 5 seconds flat! This unit is a little different that the other steamers as it has a pulsing pump. The fact that its ready in about 30 sec. And is fillable while using is a winner winner chicken dinner!
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