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Gjac

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Posted: 06/30/12 09:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 1995 682IM Norcold refrigerator and can't see how to clean the flu. It appears that it has a sheet metal right angle, like a baffle over the top of the flue so I could not get a flue brush from the top of the M/H to clean it. My friend has a Domectic and you can look right down the flu and see daylight. He uses a shot gun brush from the top to clean it. With this Norcold do I have to remove the unit to clean the flu? Any help would be appreciated .

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Posted: 06/30/12 10:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use a flexible pressure nozzel and blow our refer vent out from the bottom with my air compressor.

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lots of bed rest.

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Crickydog, I have been doing the same thing but wanted to remove the baffle and really give it a good cleaning.

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The last one I cleaned I just tapped along the length of the pipe with the handle of a screwdriver, and all the carbon just flaked off and fell out. Well, OK, most of it, enough so the frig worked much better, anyway.
Just light tapping did the job, there was no need to use a hammer and beat the thing to death!


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How about a dryer vent brush and portable drill.


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Gjac wrote:

I have a 1995 682IM Norcold refrigerator and can't see how to clean the flu. It appears that it has a sheet metal right angle, like a baffle over the top of the flue so I could not get a flue brush from the top of the M/H to clean it. My friend has a Domectic and you can look right down the flu and see daylight. He uses a shot gun brush from the top to clean it. With this Norcold do I have to remove the unit to clean the flu? Any help would be appreciated .


In addition to the "baffle" on top of the flue, many (most?) of them have a twisted piece of metal suspended by a long piece of wire so it hangs just above the burner - to slow down/help hold some heat where it'll do the most good. The area above that is just chimney.

Bottom line, you need to slide the refer out of the cabinet to clean that flue pipe, and that's not a bad plan on one of that age. Shot gun brush works great. It's not too unusual to see a large flake of rust beak loose on the inside of that pipe, then drop down on that baffle or the burner itself, and make the refer inop. on propane.


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Thanks Micahicks, I was afraid that I would have to remove the whole thing in order to clean it. I started with the tapping routine as Mowertech suggested after seeing a lot of rust flakes falling on the burner tube preventing it from lighting. I then made a tool for compressed air which seems to get more rust out. I knew about the spiral baffle and really wanted to remove it to see if the was anything left. I was thinking that if it was rusted out pretty badly the refer would not be as efficient.

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Is there any helpful hints on pulling the refer out. Is there anything that I should look for or repair/replace while it is out? The unit is 16 years old.

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Posted: 07/01/12 04:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gjac wrote:

Is there any helpful hints on pulling the refer out. Is there anything that I should look for or repair/replace while it is out? The unit is 16 years old.


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