The steamer at work...the Sho Nuff way!
Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:01 AM
A few tips....
use the heater if possible to help speed up your steaming
Yes, a steamer can melt plastic
I find it best many times to steam the evap before you defrost the drain tube. This way, water runs on the floor of the freezer and then into a chamois, a bucket or catch pan as oppose to under the fridge and overflowing the condensate drain pan. If the tube is not clogged, I put a piece of plastic wrap in it to block it temporarily.
Once you know your steamer, you will know when the clogged tube is open by sound. I usually look for steam coming out the bottom of the fridge to also verify. Once complete, I keep a small dish detergent squirt bottle filled with a water and baking soda mix that I squirt into the tube to retard gookus growth.
Always always remove water from your steamer before leaving the site. Many of them have small computers inside the water tank and it is only protected from the water by a thin plastic bag.
I bought my last one from macy's. I happen to tell the clerk I burn through about one a year. He said to just bring mine back on day 364 and get a new one for free.. I told him I use it commercially. He said, they don't care!
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Posted 14 July 2013 - 06:28 AM
Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:16 AM
The steamer also works great to clear the air ducts between the compartments.
I know guys that use a garden sprayer filled with hot water. There is more water to catch, but they say it's really fast.
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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:00 PM
Yeah I certainly use it to clear out the return ports. When I have a really really bad situation I pull out the garden sprayer and my hot pot...boil some water and use it to remove the ice....it's best to have a small wet vac around to get up all the water.
I use the steamer to open frozen water dispenser lines as well as shoot a little to make that plastic sleeve slide easily on the capillary tube on a cold control. It's great to soften hardened fridge door gaskets as well. Inevitably, when you access a water dispenser or an ice chute door, a customer will be grossed out from the gookus built up around it so I clear it up with my steamer. Then I use my steamer to clean the inside of the fridge to remove any Germs that emanated from my body on those jobs where I practically have to sit inside the freezer. Again, I have to thank Master Kdog for first turning on to the steamer a few years back.
Posted 15 July 2013 - 04:54 PM
I will take steaming any day over the use of hot water and a vacuum. I wish the steamers were available many many years ago. Would have made a world of difference thawing out the frozen water lines when whirlpool started making their indoor ice refrigerators. I don't know how many of those things I replaced under warranty.
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