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Title: Whirlpool Refrigerator explodes
Post by: weverette on January 01, 2019, 01:15:44 PM

https://www.wkbw.com/news/national/florida-refrigerator-explosion (https://www.wkbw.com/news/national/florida-refrigerator-explosion)

I want to know what they had in that refrigerator. No evidence of smoke or flame.
Title: Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator explodes
Post by: tcarmen on January 01, 2019, 01:28:33 PM
Probably explosives. Or solvents of some sort.

A cop once told me that drug dealers wire explosives to the lightbulbs as a boobytrap.

Title: Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator explodes
Post by: hesterappliance on January 01, 2019, 07:06:56 PM
 It looks staged.Top hinges not bent there is no signs of glass.No chrispers or covers.Door bent in the middle.The door would open out not fly straight forward.
Title: Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator explodes
Post by: olyteddy on January 01, 2019, 08:16:15 PM
Iso-Butane refrigerant?
Title: Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator explodes
Post by: weverette on January 01, 2019, 08:27:54 PM
4 years old. And it would take more than a standard charge of r600a to do that.
Title: Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator explodes
Post by: theoldstoveguy on January 02, 2019, 06:18:39 PM
Says 4 MONTHS old.
Title: Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator explodes
Post by: haroldsappliance on January 16, 2019, 02:26:20 PM
Meth lab
Title: Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator explodes
Post by: dufuss on January 19, 2019, 10:01:38 AM
https://www.coolingpost.com/world-news/us-approves-hydrocarbon-fridges/

  Not hard to imagine a small evaporator leak and a spark causing this.  But what do i know? ;)
Title: Re: Whirlpool Refrigerator explodes
Post by: tcarmen on April 12, 2019, 06:31:46 PM
My takeaway is that unless a sealed system job is going to pay $800+, I'm not going to touch it.

I sat through a 3 hour training on R600 systems, that was 80% safety precautions.

Also, FWIW, it takes another $3K+ worth of tools because everything requires crimp connectors and no flames or heat and static dissipation technologies and new charging equipment and new procedures and pretty much new everything.

Also every single part in the machine needs to be the correct OEM part. No more generic replacements even out of warranty.

I suspect that anything needing a sealed system repair is going to just be a swap-out by the manufacturer.

Oh, also, the total charge for a domestic refrigerator is less than the capacity of one of my hoses, so I'm not sure how a gauge would work, since tapping the high side will immediately kill the refrigeration cycle..