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Old 12-02-2022, 06:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I wouldn't just randomly add insulation unless it's very obvious where it would benefit, especially if it cuts down on the breathing room around the coils. In fact, best mod is to just clean the coils (reminder to self to clean the coils).

I've got a cheapo FLIR camera that I'd use to find cold spots if there's a good way to insulate it.

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Old 12-02-2022, 06:18 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I wouldn't just randomly add insulation unless it's very obvious where it would benefit, especially if it cuts down on the breathing room around the coils. In fact, best mod is to just clean the coils (reminder to self to clean the coils).

I've got a cheapo FLIR camera that I'd use to find cold spots if there's a good way to insulate it.
Me too. It didn't have any bad spots out of normal. But my mini fridge sure did lmao.
Coil is clean so thats already not a factor. Breathing room wise i shoud be good the cabinet opening is for a premium fridge and this is a lot smaller than that lol.
The owners manual recommends 1/2" at the top and 2" on the sides and it says 2" on the back side IF the door opening is a factor. lol
I'll have to go measure all around what i have. It looks like i have like 4" on both sides and like 6" up top.
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Mini fridges are the worst. Mine's unplugged.
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Mini fridges are the worst. Mine's unplugged.
Mine too.
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What do I spend on natural gas to dry my clothes in a year, $25?
AFAIK the laundry shop one block away from me still uses propane for clothes drying, even though there is a natural gas pipeline available. Well, maybe someday I'd consider natural gas for the stove, and getting a water boiler which may require fewer maintenance than the shower with a built-in electric heating element which has to be replaced once in a while. Replacing the heating element is not as dumbproof as it would be supposed to, and something could go wrong if I had forgotten the ground-wire.
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We hang laundry in the guest bathroom on a rack and on hangers on an expansion rod, and then use a dehumidifier as needed in winter. I shoot for ~50% humidity in the house. It's win because the 5 amps of heat it makes goes into the house, and not out the dryer vent hose. I also keep the tank clean and re-use the water, you guessed it, in the washing machine. Like a leetle space station
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I'm blown away you can get humidity above normal and need to use a humidifier in the winter. The acceptable range for me is around 35-55%. House typically sits around 30% even. Besides being hot and/or muggy above, I feel like im gonna die in the winter from lack of humidity.
Speaking of those electric heating elements. I just replaced the sacrifical rod on my water heater of 18 years. It was half way broken off and 3/4 of the total rod was gone! You could see the inner anode wire in most spots.
I assume the broken off piece will be in the water heater until it dies but no big deal lol.
My natural gas unit seems to be doing good. I endoscoped it and it was pretty clean, had a bit of muck on the inside walls so yum. A bit if sediment and rod flakes at the bottom but maybe a couple mm's. Went ahead and flushed it well, did a soak with vinegar, wire brushed all the threads and connections, and ordered a new 0.9" thick magnesium rod like the original. Trim to fit for $33 and i will have a full 40" rod of connection and not like 1/3 thickness of 23" with galvanic corrosion insulating the threaded connections every where. Maybe it will go 18 more years. NG water heaters seem to be pretty simple and repairable.
I also made a NASA grade R-19 water heater blanket and hat for it. Its almost 3 feet round now lol. I wonder if my extreme case of insulation will help much. I think the water heater bare is r-16. My insulation at actual fluff is around R17-R18. So possibly R33ish total now.
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