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svudah 07-15-2009 02:52 AM

Recharge the Freon?
Alrighty, so it looks like tomorrow I'm going to check out a Beverage Air BM23 kegerator I found on Craigslist. I'm getting it for a steal, but apparently it doesn't work. The fan and compressor come on, but only blow warm air.

My completely naive diagnosis is a freon leak, but having never seen the unit I could be way off. If I'm correct, anyone out there know how much ballpark it would cost me to get this thing fixed?

The deal I'm getting is so good that even if the kegerator is a lost cause, I'm still making out on the 20 lb co2, regulator, taps. If the repair costs are too much, I'll probably gut it and build a keezer. Still, I'd like to just get this unit working, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Any advice would be appreciated

bendavanza 07-15-2009 03:22 PM

You will find that servicing a commercial unit like that will probably cost more than what you paid for it. I bought a beat up one a few years ago, and it was noisy, inefficient and broke within a year. I was quoted $800 for a new compressor etc. I did the same thing you describe, gut it for making a keezer. Silent, efficient, and built to deal with hot or cold ambient temps. The commercial units are not usually rated for being run in hot or cold environments without some mods. Mine was on the back porch and the mild texas winter killed it.
my $.02

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