Refrigerator inspections for the newer inspectors

Some of you may not inspect refrigerators, but I normally check the inside temperatures. If it has an ice and water dispenser I carry a plastic cup to verify it works. But today like many occasions there was no ice or water so I pull out the refrigerator just to verify there is a water source provided. You guessed it, no water available. So you newer inspectors don’t assume the ice maker or the dispenser is defective, take the extra step to check and see if there is water available.

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Good luck with that.

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Careful not to scratch the floor while doing that!

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Sorry, I need it clarify, I only pull it out if it has roller wheels. Otherwise I state I could not verify a water source.

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how are you measuring temps
what authoritative source do you use to benchmark these temps
refer?
freezer?

I refer to Food and Drug administration (www.fda.gov) suggested requirements. Other countries would likely have a similar government agency. If outside their recommendations I give their website link for more information.

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What temperature should I set my fridge and freezer at?

The FDA recommends keeping your refrigerator at or below 40° F (4° C), and your freezer at 0° F (-18° C) to keep your food fresh longest and prevent foodborne illnesses.

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I guess it would depend if the refrigerator is being sold with the house. if its not, why waste your time.

FYI, one of the bigger lawsuits against a home inspector in Colorado, was a buddy who pulled out a fridge to verify the water line at the request of the buyer. It was a copper tube. It was a vacant home with an oak floor in the kitchen. Two weeks later the seller goes by to check on the house and the kitchen floor is soaking wet. The copper tube kinked when he rolled it back. It was a large home and he was there for hours after pulling the fridge and no water showed during the remainder of the inspection. There are more minutia to the story but that is the gist. I’ll add that he is one of the Denver metro’s best.
His insurance settled it for less than the suit, and the moral of the story is that bad things can happen when you pull any appliance out of position. Grit on the floor can catch in the fridge rollers and scratch the floor or even tile, or there can be a tear in vinyl flooring that catches and rips when you tug on it, or you can do something to a water line hidden from your view. The moral, don’t pull out fridges!

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good job as usual
i knew that was where you were going
just trying to get that info out for other’s that bother refer/freezer reporting

Temperature Danger Zone: Safe Food Temperatures.