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U. Curjel
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Username: Ujc

Post Number: 32
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Got a question for the fridge specialist (Kent Fletcher?), I know it's been asked before but since I've had a couple of warm beers I've decided to ask again.

My beer fridge is temperature controlled by an external thermostat. It doesn't cool anymore. I hear the compressor running but it just doesn't get cold any more. When it happened before, I turned the temp down and it seems to have worked (but delayed the inevitable). So, based on that information, what could my problem be and what are my options? Repair or recycle?

Of course I could just switch to Ale production and drink my beer warm, but that wouldn't be as much fun...
 

George Schmidt
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Username: Gschmidt

Post Number: 463
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 10:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am the farthest thing from a fridge expert, but the one time something similar happened to me on our house fridge, the coils were dirty. Have you pulled out the fridge and vacuumed everything off?
Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ~~Robert A. Heinlein: The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
 

John Jacox
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Username: Johnj

Post Number: 94
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Saturday, April 02, 2005 - 12:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I had a frost free side-by-side once whose timer motor bit the dust. That caused it to never go into a defrost cycle and the coils behind the panel in the freezer section froze into a solid block of ice causing the compressor to run nonstop with no cold air getting past the coils causing everything in the freezer to melt. The timer motor ended up costing me almost as much as I had originally paid for the used refrigerator, but it lasted another ten years afterwards.
 

Carl McCoy
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Username: Ib4it

Post Number: 87
Registered: 08-2002
Posted on Saturday, April 02, 2005 - 02:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would try unplugging it, somewhere that is well above freezing and OK to water leaks, see if it melts all over the place. Even if you have a bad defrost timer you can do the unplug trick again when needed. I did this to a refrigerator one time and it never frosted up again. It died 4-5 years later.

If it doesn't make a puddle you can get $7-8 at the scrap yard for it with the price of steel.

If you happen to be anywhere near St Pete I have a perfectly good one going to the scrap yard next week that is free for the taking.
 

U. Curjel
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Username: Ujc

Post Number: 33
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Saturday, April 02, 2005 - 07:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the advice, I'll unplug it, clean the coils (if I can find them, it's a chest freezer and I haven't seen them, yet) and hope for the best.