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Old 11-26-2014, 10:34 PM   #81
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ChiCompany has the adapter parts if you want to make your own bulkheads. I read some of the product comments said the nipple was too long. I think it's all 1/4".
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:01 PM   #82
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The newest development - I started putting shelves in. Bottom in first. I bought some scrap 1" aluminum T and 0.080" plate from the metal supply warehouse. I haven't put full kegs on yet, but it feels extremely sturdy. I can post some photos this weekend.

Unfortunately, the morning after turning it all back on, the freezer evaporator fan sounded like it bit the dust. It revs up, then stops. Thankfully it seems the compressor is working fine (it does get cold, just no blowing air around inside while it's on).

On the fridge side, both of my computer fans are almost toast (again). I bought the AC fans from Fry's electronics (there's only one option). After about a year, it seems the bearings lose lubrication and they make this horrible whining sound. Possibly it's just too cold or humid for them. My project this weekend is going to involve adding an AC outlet so I can plug this 12V molex ac adapter in and hook it up to new fans.

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Fan 1, Silenx - has a 3yr warranty (at this rate... why not?). If it dies prematurely, maybe I'll actually get a free replacement.
Fan 2 is an Antec (I think) - it's the cheap option.

While I hate the idea of having to use AC adapters, I think it's clear that these Link Depot AC fans aren't going to cut it. Seriously - stay away. I also saw the CoolTron, but it looks suspiciously similar to the Link Depot fan. I'll pass.

As long as either the Silenx or Antec fans last longer than a year, I'm already break-even for a cheaper replacement fee. If anyone has any other suggestions, I'm all ears.

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Old 12-12-2014, 07:16 AM   #83
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Another update:

The computer fans don't blow as much air, but I think it's probably OK.

I've since replaced the control board and the evaporator fan with no luck whatsoever. Something else is amiss, but I don't think I have the patience to figure it out when picking up another Kenmore on Craigslist would run less than $200. A keeper wouldn't cost that much different.

SO... I'm bummed out. I don't think a fix is in store for this one. Too bad - I really liked it.

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Old 12-17-2014, 05:44 PM   #84
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That doesn't sound good - You were the one that inspired me to do mine and it bums me out to hear that you lost your kegerator!

All that work down the drain - but alas - you can rebuild it and maybe even use the old door on the new one - if you get the exact version again or just get plain lucky... The good thing is that you can strip your electronic parts off the old one so that should help also. Best of luck in your upcoming search!

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That doesn't sound good - You were the one that inspired me to do mine and it bums me out to hear that you lost your kegerator!

All that work down the drain - but alas - you can rebuild it and maybe even use the old door on the new one - if you get the exact version again or just get plain lucky... The good thing is that you can strip your electronic parts off the old one so that should help also. Best of luck in your upcoming search!
I appreciate the support and I'm glad I was able to help, even if only inspirational. Part of me wants this to "just work" again by buying another, but as we know - these models are getting up there in age. The thought of trying again (and all the work it takes) to have it fail makes me shy away from the idea. When the chest freezers and mini fridges are common and simple, the decision to move on becomes a little easier.

I've seen several of the Kenmore 106 models on Craig's List, which I think all have the circuit board on the refrigerator controls (freezer still uses the simple thermistor). I believe these are a couple years newer than my 256(?) model with the dual thermistor. Even newer models have digital controls, which is something I don't want to deal with.

Thanks again
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I hear you on that one - I actually bought a square chest freezer (around 1980s in age) and converted it to my be my kegerator - but was saddened by the lack of cooling it performed - which is why it was on the market for $30. It became my fermenter box and serves me quite well in that regard but you are right - these things are getting old -

My kegerator is the side by side fridge that was in the house when we moved in - my wife wanted me to toss it (before I brewed) and I said no we can use it for beers, and drinks in the rec room as the kids get older. Now I have four kegs in there two 7.75s on the bottom and two 5 gal cornies on top. With your help I put the line in correctly the first time and I still get a good defrost cycle too - which scared the shyte out of me when it first kicked in - the power went out on my stc box and when I opened the door the light was still on. Waited a few hours and the box lit up again. Big smile then - so thank you (and a few others up here too) for your detailed help on the build!

Come on - do it again - but this time make a video and inspire the next batch of new brewers to do the same...

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