As Obelia already mentioned, the pull-down-to-refresh pattern is already somewhat established. However, even if it wasn't, the 'refresh' trigger in these apps is generally tied to an action that is highly likely to take place even if the user is unaware of the action, such as scrolling to the top of a list (for example, Mail on the iPhone/iPad). This largely sidesteps the need to educate a user as to how it works. It just happens!
With that in mind, I'd be very careful trying to use this trigger method for anything that isn't already intrinsically tied to related actions on the page. Further, if the feature lacked a visual prompt it would almost certainly confuse new users, and likely irritate existing users.
So, unless the pull-down action is part of a common family of the app's general interface, or tied to an event (like scroll-down), be very careful about trying to use it, at least for now. However, if you must, ensure there are some friendly cues to help your users out.