Building a Keezer Style Kegerator from a Refrigerator
I currently have a mini fridge working as my kegerator but have been looking to upgrade for a while. I've started doing a lot more lagering and would like to pick up a few more kegs and the mini just won't cut it.
I've seen a few good tutorials on how to convert a deep freezer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=zHWy_Vlw3J4) and would like to do the same thing with my old refrigerator. Laying the fridge on it's back seems like a much better use of space and would allow me to fit several kegs + fermenters.
You CAN NOT plug a refrigerator in while it is laying on it's back. The oil in the compressor will move to one side and not allow the compressor to work properly. I work for a major appliance manufacturer.
When transporting a refrigerator on it's side or back, you must leave it unplugged twice as long as it was on it's side/back. IE.) If it's on it's back for 1 hour, it should sit upright for 2 hours before it is plugged back in.
Thanks, but maybe I wasn't making myself clear in my initial post.
Running a fridge on it's back is certainly a bad idea (that's why I posted the yahoo answers link with an explanation of my thought process).
I'll reiterate my question - has anyone attempted to change the orientation of both the coils and compressor of a refrigerator? Would this require actual removal of the parts, or could I get away with some clever bending?
You MIGHT, be able to remove the compressor assembly, and orient it in it's standard position, IF you think you have enough slack in the hard lines to do so............Then that da^n compressor is sitting in your way most likely!
How do you figure that with the 18 inch depth you would gain more room? That and you would need to reinforce the back wall to support weight. Overall, I 'd say a waste of time moving the compressor + the fan and coil in the freezer, a 16 inch collar etc.
I would think the simplest thing to do is to use the fridge as is. A standing fridge can typically fit around 4 kegs. You can drill your faucets through the door or use cobra taps if you would like. Additionally, you then have the top freezer for use, whether you want to store hops or just have more freezer space.