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Author Topic: Appliances & GFCI outlets  (Read 253 times)

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Re: Appliances & GFCI outlets
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2014, 08:41:23 AM »
I use it on fridges to check the defrost circut as well. If the evap is frosted over I will plug in the meter.The fridge in to the meter and force a defrost watch the amp draw. If I see an amp draw I know the heater circut is good and most likely I have a thermister/timer issue.
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Re: Appliances & GFCI outlets
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2014, 09:14:02 AM »
I use it on fridges to check the defrost circut as well. If the evap is frosted over I will plug in the meter.The fridge in to the meter and force a defrost watch the amp draw. If I see an amp draw I know the heater circut is good and most likely I have a thermister/timer issue.

Why not just use a clamp on amp meter to check the defrost heater. Your going to have the evap cover pulled to check the frost pattern anyway so at that point you can just clamp onto the element wire right there. Then you don't have to pull the refrigerator out to unplug it. Just wondering if I'm missing something by not having one of these watt meters. Thanks,

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Re: Appliances & GFCI outlets
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2014, 10:10:55 AM »
I will typically see the frost on the cover of the evap and notice 0 airflow.  I don't even need to pull the evap cover to see it is frosted over. If they have it full of food I don't need to stand around for 15-20mins watching them unload it. I pull the fridge plug it in and force a defrost.
It really comes in handy for the old fridges with the evap coil between the freezer and FF compartment. Don't need to spend the time pull all the covers.
Just my little time saver is all.

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Re: Appliances & GFCI outlets
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2014, 10:23:01 AM »
Interesting, I may have to give one a try. Think I would still like to remove the panels and manually defrost it for them if I need to until parts come.

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Re: Appliances & GFCI outlets
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2014, 11:22:14 AM »
I still have my old Maytag watt meter, why is this better?

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Re: Appliances & GFCI outlets
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2014, 11:58:21 AM »
I never said it was better. I just use it to save me some time. Save the customer some money. I always give them the option of me doing a manual defrost to get them by till I get back but 95% of the time they don't want to spend the extra money.

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Re: Appliances & GFCI outlets
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2014, 03:34:52 PM »
I use my Maytag watt meter the same way. I always defrost the unit, as I can't be sure customer can defrost it and put it back together. If they decline then they understand there will be an additional charge to come back if they don't do it correctly.

 

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