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Webb



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 4:28 am    Post subject:

Despite the fact that I live in South Florida I don't use a lot of ice. When I went into my freezer tonight I found 4 empty ice cube trays. I know I filled them, probably several months ago, so where did the ice go? Is it evaporating as the result of dehumidification?
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tiredmother



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 4:53 am    Post subject:

I think it only happens in self-defrosting freezers but I could be wrong.
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Claymore



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 5:12 am    Post subject:

This would be caused by effect of sublimation, I believe - the transition of a substance directly from a solid to a gas.
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Webb



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 5:21 am    Post subject:

I always like a multisyllabic answer over a mere hyphenated answer but I think you're both right. The freezer is self-defrosting and I think the humidity is so low that the ice is subliminating due to the low humidity. In any event it's disappearing and there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it.
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Sgt Schultz



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 6:29 am    Post subject:

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I always like a multisyllabic answer over a mere hyphenated answer but I think you're both right. The freezer is self-defrosting and I think the humidity is so low that the ice is subliminating due to the low humidity. In any event it's disappearing and there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it.

Take out the ice trays or use the ice more frequently. Laughing Wink
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Coffeeswirls



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 12:03 pm    Post subject:

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/com...ublimation.html

I had no idea. I thought there had to be a liquid form in the middle.
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normantebbit



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 2:45 pm    Post subject:

I seem to remember heating iodine crystals at school + watching them disappear in a purple haze.

........Maybe it was just the drugs though!

:blink: :blink:
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ejward



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 2:53 pm    Post subject:

I broke into your house and stole your ice cubes. It's all part of the left-wing wacko conspiricy I'm leading. Smile
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tiredmother



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 8:43 pm    Post subject:

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I always like a multisyllabic answer over a mere hyphenated answer but I think you're both right. The freezer is self-defrosting and I think the humidity is so low that the ice is subliminating due to the low humidity. In any event it's disappearing and there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it.

I don't use ice very often either and I've had really good success with lidded ice cube trays. Got 'em from Tupperware but I think Rubbermaid now makes some, too. I bought them because the tupperware lady said the ice would taste better and indeed it does.
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FINDRY



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 9:52 pm    Post subject:

Very Happy We have horribly hot and humid summer days here in Maine, so I make extra ice and zip-loc them in a big freezer bag. No evap. Good for them " fell down and got boo-boo" days too. A full fridge has less air space and will keep temp better also. Nice timely topic folks!
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Webb



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 10:26 pm    Post subject:

Those are a couple of very good ideas. I'll implement them somehow.

Thanks for fessing up, ejward, I was looking suspiciously at the cats.
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normantebbit



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2004 10:49 pm    Post subject:

Quote:
Rubbermaid


I want one!

Laughing Laughing
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jwltude



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:59 pm    Post subject:

This may sound a little complicated.



First, you need to determine when the self defrost cycle is active, the easiest way is to wait till the compressor is not running. If/when all is not running, open the fridge and turn the themostat to "Colder".


If you do not hear the compressor start, chances are the fridge is in defrost mode. But, it could also be that the compressor just cycled off and and will not rollover/restart till the head pressure has bled off and is just tripping the built overload mounted in the compressor connection terminal box.


Now, once that you have determined that the fridge is truly in a defrost mode, the one thing that you need to check is that the cold air circulation fan is NOT running. Open the freezer section and listen quite intently. If it sounds like a small shopvac is running during defrost, there's your problem.

During defrost, the cold fan is not suppost to run so that heat from the heating element will concentrate around the evaporator coil. Did that confuse you! Sorry......If the fan does run druring defrost the culprit is the defrost timer. It is located......Anywhere. That anywhere depends upon the manufacturer, and the location they found to be hardest to locate and replace the timer.

The reason your ice cubes are disappearing is because hot air is blowing on them during defrost, or somebody is not refilling the trays after use. In which case I fill them up and place them between their bed sheets.

If you determine that it is the timer, post the make, model, and serial number and I will get you the required info, price, and local parts outlet closes to you to replace the timer. They usually run about $10.00-$15.00. And if you have a bussiness you can buy it wholesale
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Webb



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2004 2:11 am    Post subject:

You're right. It sounds complicated. I am going to print this and give it a try. It may be a few days ...
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blake60



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:15 am    Post subject:

Quote:
This may sound a little complicated.



First, you need to determine when the self defrost cycle is active, the easiest way is to wait till the compressor is not running. If/when all is not running, open the fridge and turn the themostat to "Colder".


If you do not hear the compressor start, chances are the fridge is in defrost mode. But, it could also be that the compressor just cycled off and and will not rollover/restart till the head pressure has bled off and is just tripping the built overload mounted in the compressor connection terminal box.


Now, once that you have determined that the fridge is truly in a defrost mode, the one thing that you need to check is that the cold air circulation fan is NOT running. Open the freezer section and listen quite intently. If it sounds like a small shopvac is running during defrost, there's your problem.

During defrost, the cold fan is not suppost to run so that heat from the heating element will concentrate around the evaporator coil. Did that confuse you! Sorry......If the fan does run druring defrost the culprit is the defrost timer. It is located......Anywhere. That anywhere depends upon the manufacturer, and the location they found to be hardest to locate and replace the timer.

The reason your ice cubes are disappearing is because hot air is blowing on them during defrost, or somebody is not refilling the trays after use. In which case I fill them up and place them between their bed sheets.

If you determine that it is the timer, post the make, model, and serial number and I will get you the required info, price, and local parts outlet closes to you to replace the timer. They usually run about $10.00-$15.00. And if you have a bussiness you can buy it wholesale

This is just frozen water you guys are talking about? :wacko:
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ploesch



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:38 am    Post subject:

Quote:
Quote:
Rubbermaid


I want one!

Laughing Laughing

They sell French ones at your local Adult store.
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Hardryve



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 4:35 am    Post subject:

Just add some anti-freeze in the mixture. At least they should stay in a liquid form. On the serious side you might want to add some dry ice inside your freezer just a small block. If all else fails get a Fridgedaire, like maytag dependable for life.
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blake60



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 4:49 am    Post subject:

Dang it just drink it HOT! Very Happy
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Hardryve



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 4:55 am    Post subject:

Hot is good once you raise your body temperature you will feel cooler, that's why I always have coffee. Except for the dehydration part of it.
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jwltude



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 10:32 am    Post subject:

No, it's disappearing ice.
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