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 Posted: Sat Aug 8th, 2009 06:29 am
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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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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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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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Now that's a Hairdryer. LOL

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

Thanks

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You lookin for more reasonable than $30-35 at target?



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ROBBYRIG 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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Bob Scott wrote: WOW! Where do I buy one of those hair guns?

You could KILL yourself with one of those ...

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

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once you learn it you wont be sorry...one of the best tools you can have.



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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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BrntToast 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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