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Offline RAH52

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Steamer
« on: November 28, 2012, 06:51:45 PM »
 Have used a heat gun forever to defrost fridges but thinking of switching to a steamer. Any advice out there as to what type and make would be suitable . I would like one that makes enough steam to do the job so I don't have to be constantly filling the thing .

Offline dentdaddy

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Re: Steamer
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2012, 07:00:51 PM »
I have tried 2 types and the Shark is the best in my opinion.
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Re: Steamer
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 07:17:59 PM »
Is there a really big difference over a heat gun/hair dryer? :-\ Appliance Junk is the first place I have ever heard of it. I usually use a hair dryer if I need heat and it takes quite the while!!!! :embarassed:
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Offline RAH52

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Re: Steamer
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 07:23:21 PM »
My heat gun has an output of 600 F .If your not careful and not constantly on the move you will melt the liner .Its fast but dangerous .

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Re: Steamer
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 08:30:50 PM »
I have a Shark steam cleaner as well, 7 years old and use bottled drinking water in all those years no trouble. Just bought another of the same model on EBay for backup.

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Re: Steamer
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2012, 08:33:19 PM »
I have used a SHARK for  years and love it-use hair dryer in other hand so you can see what your doing! :)

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Re: Steamer
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2012, 09:23:46 PM »
"use hair dryer in other hand so you can see what your doing! :) "

That is a good idea! I was thinking about buying a little battery powered fan to clear all the fog that the steamer makes. I think I will try this first! BTW, I have the McCulloch Steamer http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&R=100646689&catEntryId=100646689#.ULbVA4bNkxE

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Re: Steamer
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2012, 10:26:19 PM »
If the house has separate outlets on separate breakers to power both it works,tried on a GFI and it tripped . Old houses I sometimes have trouble with tripping breakers with the steam cleaner! Gee only 17 items on the same circuit?

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Re: Steamer
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2012, 11:09:59 PM »
This is the one I have.  I just turn the fridge on while defrosting.  It doesn't seem to take any longer and the evaporator fan clears out the fog.



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Re: Steamer
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2012, 07:22:01 AM »
I have several steamers I keep with me on the truck,  one for backup.    I also have 2 heat guns and a little travel hair dryer for backup.     depending on the amout of ice,   sometimes I start out with heat gun but RAH is right,  can melt liner if not careful.    Steamer works great, and often times I use either 2 steamers or a steamer and heat gun in each hand,   gets the job done fast.   Time is money.     
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Re: Steamer
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2012, 07:24:03 AM »
One other hint - I usually put the refrigerator in defrost.     If it is broken, I can test.  If it is working,  in cases with a bad timer or they left door open in summer with high humidity,   it helps melt ice.    I also bring in my wet vac and block up drain tube.   This way,  I don't fill tank or pan and suck out melted ice with the wet vac.   I have a small 2 gallon one that works great.     
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Re: Steamer
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2012, 07:52:48 AM »
Love my Makita HG1100 Variable Temperature 250 to 1100-Degree Heat Gun. Have had it for years and being able to adjust the heat is great for a lot of things. Works really nice for heat shrink tubing.

Is there a really big difference over a heat gun/hair dryer?  Appliance Junk is the first place I have ever heard of it.

Same here, never heard of or even thought of using a steamer before I heard about it on our site a while back.

I have a shark steamer.
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Re: Steamer
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2012, 09:11:28 PM »
For defrost problem I use a vent fan from a microwave.10 to 15 mins unit is defrosted and dry.

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Re: Steamer
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2012, 09:44:58 AM »
I use a Wagnor steam machine all the time.  Does not harm the liner and is great for cleaning out defrost drain lines.  Also if there is a lot of ice to defrost, I get a couple of large bath towels and stick them under the evaporator to suck up as much of the water.  That way, the drain trough in back doesn't over flow onto the floor in back.





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Re: Steamer
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2012, 09:49:27 AM »
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Also if there is a lot of ice to defrost, I get a couple of large bath towels and stick them under the evaporator to suck up as much of the water.

I do that too.

For defrost problem I use a vent fan from a microwave.10 to 15 mins unit is defrosted and dry.

Not sure I understand. Are you adding any heat or just moving air with the vent fan?
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