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The Home Smithy, Home Appliance Technician
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are there any problems in shutting off a refriberator for ...

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are there any problems in shutting off a refriberator for an entire summer"
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 9 years ago.

HiCustomer

What is the make and model number of your unit, please?

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to The Home Smithy's Post: It's an older GE unit; I don't know the model number. It's in the garage, and won't be used for a while. I just want to be sure that there won't be any problem with the compressor, or any seals, when I go to plug it back in in about 6 months or so,
Expert:  Glenn replied 9 years ago.

Hello

I see smithy is not on please give him the accept

There shouldn't be any problem shutting it down

I would wipe down the interior for all moisture and keep the door ajar

Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 9 years ago.

Glenn is correct but I would not leave it open. It is too tempting for crittrers to get inside and make a mess. Instead place a box of baking soda inside to absorb any oders that may develop.

If there is any chance that children can get to the unit it is best to place a heavy object in front of the door for safety reasons or turn the unit to face the wall.

If you have a neighbor that can stop by once a month then have them plug the unit in for a few minuits. this will insure that everything stays lubricated and sealed properly.

Alternativly you can leave the unit plugged in and justr turn the breaker off. this way the neighbor will only have to flip the breaker from the outside of the house.

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The Home Smithy, Home Appliance Technician
Category: Appliance
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Experience: 30 years repairing appliances
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