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RCrosby257 11-18-2011 09:38 AM

Unplugging Refrigerator
 
I have a refrigerator that is only in use for a few months each year. I don't like paying the electric bill for all that down time but I've been told that in the long run it would cost me more to unplug it a few times a year because I'd be shortening the life of the compressor.
True? Or an urban legend fostered by the power companies??:eek:

joed 11-18-2011 10:05 AM

I unplug my fridge at the cottage every year for eight months over the winter. For a week or two probably not but for a month or more no problem. The compressor goes on and off several times a day I don't see the logic behind that arguement.

HDNewf 11-18-2011 03:12 PM

Hey RCrosby257.

If not being plugged in caused harm to a refrigerator then all those brand new appliances waiting to be sold would be in danger!

The only issue I know of concerning compressor damage has to do with laying down a unit so that liquid coolant or compressor oil flows into the cylinder. Starting up a unit before that liquid would naturally drain back where it belongs can cause problems.

I wouldn't worry about unplugging the fridge when you don't need it.

I hope this helps,
HDNewf.

1910NE 11-18-2011 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RCrosby257 (Post 774028)
I have a refrigerator that is only in use for a few months each year. I don't like paying the electric bill for all that down time but I've been told that in the long run it would cost me more to unplug it a few times a year because I'd be shortening the life of the compressor.
True? Or an urban legend fostered by the power companies??:eek:

What nonsense! Unplug it!

biggles 11-18-2011 04:17 PM

the most critical time on anything is when it starts including a compressor,put it to sleep if you leave the door open to air it out the gasket might expand :eek: ...so when you go to reuse it the door might not be tight...tie a rope around it 24hrs prior to start up to compress the door onto the gasket...:wink:

jklingel 11-18-2011 07:12 PM

i don't know about unplugging, but i left an old jc penny or wards freezer outside for almost 30 yrs before i replaced it, and it was off for several months each year due to cold (fairbanks, ak). now and then a chinook would blow in and it would have to get plugged in for a few days. after nearly 30 yrs of such abuse, i replaced it before it failed whilst full of food. after sitting outside for about 4 yrs now, unplugged all year, i still use it to freeze water jugs before we collect salmon in the summer. damn thing just won't quit. my new freezer sits outside too; works every spring.

RCrosby257 11-19-2011 12:32 PM

unplugging refrigerator
 
Thanks to all who replied. Very helpful. I suspected as much, but the person that told me to keep it running year round manages an appliance warehouse, so I thought I should check it out.
The next time I leave it alone for a long spell, I'll unplug, clean it out, and leave the door ajar. Will also watch for gasket seal when I start it up again.
Happy Thanksgiving All!!!:)


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