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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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Offline domain

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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.

Offline lesguns

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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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