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asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Tue, 20th Dec '05 3:39 PM

HERE'S A REAL LIFE PUZZLER

So our furnace went out on Friday and we had to wait until Monday to get it replaced. Naturally, the weather truned extremely cold during that time (we stayed at my sister's house) and it dropped down to 24 degrees inside. The refrigerator shut off like I expected, but what I didn't expect and still have no explanation for is why the ice cream in the freezer melted. Any theories?

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Tue, 20th Dec '05 5:20 PM

That is a strange phenomenon. Perhaps the additives lower the melting temp? Sorry about the furnace. Brrrr!

Q: What did the vanilla ice cream say to the chocolate ice cream?

A: "Haven't I melt you somewhere before?"

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.5 - Posts: 1120)
Tue, 20th Dec '05 6:19 PM

The refrigerator acts as an insulator against heat and cold, normal temps in the freezer section around 2-4 degrees, frig area about 40. Residual heat from the compressor and electrical components of the unit could have been trapped in the small confines of the freezer compartment, reaching the lower than water melting point of the ice cream.

asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Tue, 20th Dec '05 9:37 PM

Hmmm... That sounds relatively reasonable, but certainly nothing you would consider when the rest of the house is freezing.

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.5 - Posts: 1120)
Tue, 20th Dec '05 10:36 PM

Another possibility is that the defrost sensor reacted to the cold temps in the house, initiating the defrost coil to stage on and off repeatedly.

asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Tue, 20th Dec '05 11:18 PM

Ah, that could be. And I did forget to mention that none of the bagged ice melted. But you were thinking in your previous post that the non-water parts of ice cream might have a lower freezing temp?

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.5 - Posts: 1120)
Wed, 21st Dec '05 1:20 AM

Yes, I believe the ingredients and perhaps additives give it the softer texture than frozen water for instance.

crocdd
Crocdd  (Level: 12.2 - Posts: 15)
Wed, 21st Dec '05 3:43 AM

One reason it melted is that to keep ice cream frozen in a firm state you need at least 0 degrees and ideally -10 to -20. I Knew refrigeration school wold come in hondy someday took long enough though.

asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Wed, 21st Dec '05 10:52 AM

Thanks. But I still wonder, if the freezer needed to be at zero-ish, why did it shut off when the temperature outside the fridge was in the 20's?

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.5 - Posts: 1120)
Wed, 21st Dec '05 11:52 AM

If the defrost sensor was activated, the compressor won't come on in most refrigerators.

crocdd
Crocdd  (Level: 12.2 - Posts: 15)
Thu, 22nd Dec '05 1:04 AM

yep thats true oogie, plus in most it activates munion strip heaters

asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Thu, 22nd Dec '05 9:22 AM

Thanks much to both of you. I had a bit of a sick feeling that it might be going out as well as the furnace, which just really wasn't going to be... well, it would just suck. It seems to be working fine, but I thought maybe there was a problem lurking.

crocdd
Crocdd  (Level: 12.2 - Posts: 15)
Thu, 22nd Dec '05 1:13 PM

I must have had onions on my mind when i wrote the last post it should have said mullion heaters. LOL

asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Thu, 22nd Dec '05 3:53 PM

I thought a munion was some form of mutated bunion.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 3rd Jan '06 10:33 PM

My cat's breath smells like cat food.

akale
Akale  (Level: 19.2 - Posts: 27)
Sun, 15th Jan '06 10:58 AM

HAHA!! Hilarious!

BTW, if you people know this much about refrigerators, I might as well stop using my showdown tokens!


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