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Hot Water in a Hurry 4Mar
2015

Hot Water in a Hurry

We live in a two-story house, and as such, it seems like an eternity before the water in the basement reaches the tap when you first turn it on. Actually, I timed it once - over three minutes. It's annoying and...
Keeping Your Cool - Refrigerator Repair

Keeping Your Cool - Refrigerator Repair

21 February 2015
We're wine drinkers in the Santee household. Most people know this as soon as they walk into our kitchen and see the 146-bottle wine chiller I purchased several years ago and then designed the...

We're wine drinkers in the Santee household. Most people know this as soon as they walk into our kitchen and see the 146-bottle wine chiller I purchased several years ago and then designed the kitchen bar around. As part of my home automation, I've connected all of the major appliances that I can to energy monitors, and I'd noticed that the wine fridge was consuming more electricity than my regular fridge/freezer combo. Once I started paying attention, I also noticed that it had to run a lot longer to keep the temperature down, until recently, when it couldn't run long enough to get to temperature at all. After I had done all the troubleshooting I knew how to do - check the door seals, check the cleanliness of the coils, check that it's not freezing, check that the compressor still works - I determined that it was low on refrigerant.

 
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