Bought our current home in December of 2017. First this home was our vacation and retirement place as we lived in another location due to my job.
I noticed after 12 months, the refrigerator that came with the home, was on longer than others I’ve had in the past and was not very cold either.
Mostly it seem to us, replacement was needed. The sense device tracking was essential in helping me understand the cause. Of course you can always get an appliance tech to check out but really thought it was more of a situation that it was not opened very often but then we started to use frequently because we actually moved full time into home, 15 months from purchase.
Reading about the problem this could be, an appliance blog suggestions pointed to dirty coils and accurately diagnosed the problem. The person explaining the cause pointed out you would see the refrigerator running longer and not as cold. Exactly what sense was seeing. Story short, cleaned the coils and instantly, refrigerator is now colder and runs a lot less. Sense saved us an appliance tech call out and now going forward, when I see same current timeline from this appliance, I’ll clean the coils.
Of course one could say, clean coils every year and you would not have to go through this but I prefer to use technology to tell me when and not depend on me to remember.
Thinking same type of monitoring could be used to change out AC filters so you could get the full life out of each instead of an interval time.
This is my story
My wife & I had just finished cooking baked chicken, and were about to start watching tv. I kept getting alerts that the stove was turning on, and sometimes the oven turning on. I marked the stove alerts as “device not on” because the oven is often confused with the large stove burner. I thought Sense was confusing the heat pump with the stove/oven, then it hit me, we never turned the oven off after dinner was done cooking! We checked, and yup, the oven was still on. It would have been cycling on and off for at least an hour while we ate dinner in front of the TV.
We’re finishing up a gut renovation of our kitchen. We’re buying a new, smaller fridge for it, but we moved the old one to the basement. The fridge compressor was turning on a bunch, but it is an older fridge and we had only recently purchased the house, so I didn’t know if this was common for this older make and model. I had also noticed that the freezer had a lot of frost throughout it and the light didn’t turn on, but again, older unit and I didn’t remember if the light had worked since we bought the house. Maybe the bulb was just burnt out. I’ve only had my Sense active for a week now, but that basement fridge was one of the first devices detected. I was able to use the power graphs to see that the fridge was on for close to half the day. That I knew wasn’t right. I used this data to really inspect the fridge and discovered that although the freezer drawer would fully close, the rubber gasket wasn’t sealing the top of the unit. I started to push and pull on the gasket and on the drawer itself, and bam! it dropped slightly onto the track. When I closed the door this time, the gasket fully engaged.