Thursday, May 04, 2006

Grown Up Kid Games

At some point during the journey from toddler to young adult, all of us played the game telephone. What fun it was to come up with a story, whisper it into the next kid's ear, and see how erroneous the finish product was. But we have all outgrown that ... or have we? I really don't think we have, it's just been given a more grown up name called "urban legends". Yesterday, my friend called me because he had just purchased a new refrigerator and wanted to know: "How long does my refrigerator need to sit until I can turn it on?" "It needs to sit as many hours as your willing to wait for cold beer." I replied. "I thought I was supposed to wait 24 hours after moving a refrigerator before plugging it in" he stated. "Nope. Although futuristic technological advancements and frig multitasking are common in many households, the fact remains that all cooling appliances (yes, even their cousins the air conditioners) cannot comprehend time, nor can they understand modern transportation ... so plug 'er in" I said. How do these stories start? Somebody somewhere got at bad unit, an even worse service mechanic, and voilĂ  ... yet another appliance horror story that has no credibility or truth and spreads through society like a wildfire.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well.. you sound very glib, but I had a Sears fridge repairman tell me today to wait 12 hours after moving the new fridge because the coolant needs to settle.. and that it might ruin the appliance not to wait. Do you have any reason for claiming this is a myth?

September 05, 2006 5:05 PM  
Blogger JK said...

The coolant needing to settle is like saying you can't drive your car for 6 hours after fueling it because the gasoline needs to settle. Refrigerant does nothing more than change it's physical state via mechanical pumping (compressor) to create cooling ... basically, all you're doing is moving heat. The myth probably started when someone got the wise idea that the oil (inside the compressor for lubrication) may migrate through the refrigerant lines is the unit was tipped. But, by design, all compressors are at the low point in the system rendering that idea null because gravity will always win ... I have yet to see someone purposely turn their frig on while it's upside down. To answer your question, yes. I'm a commercial/industrial HVAC/R reapir tech and there is absolutely no reason in household appliance applications to wait for cold beer. Bigger systems ... then that theory does holds water, but that's a completely different kind of machine.

Thanks for reading.

September 06, 2006 2:15 PM  

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