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Old 06-20-2013, 01:05 AM   #3631
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I'd still do a permanent controller like above in the door. No switch necessary. Just wire the controller to the refrigerator portion and leave it. I'm a proponent off the KISS method.

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Old 06-20-2013, 03:59 AM   #3632
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After thinking about it, you are right. I'll look into wiring it directly into the refrigerator, keeping the freezer portion running normally. Thanks!

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:47 PM   #3633
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The STC-1000 just got cheaper at Amazon, $18. US seller.

http://amzn.to/16NXgvz

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Old 06-26-2013, 04:50 PM   #3634
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The STC-1000 just got cheaper, again. I'm loving this.

http://amzn.to/16NXgvz

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Old 06-27-2013, 06:51 PM   #3635
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The STC-1000 just got cheaper, again. I'm loving this.

http://amzn.to/16NXgvz
It's hard not to justify getting one of these, or more of them, in many of our cases. Hell, fridge starts freezing everything? Don't pay for expensive repairs or get a new one, just put a STC back there, set it and forget it. Love these things.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:07 PM   #3636
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This enclosure seems to be a popular choice to go with the STC-1000.

http://amzn.to/1620yoU

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Old 07-03-2013, 01:28 AM   #3637
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I threw this together today. 18.60 for the controller from amazon. $12 Box from home depot. , 1.50 Each for the plugs, $7 for the cord. An hour on the mill at work, and viola! My temperature controller, keeping my porter at a steady temp....hopefully!


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Old 07-03-2013, 02:42 AM   #3638
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Curious question for those using these with fridges with freezers:

Does the freezer continue to kick on when in use? I set it to 21.5 degrees Celsius and it seems that the freezer keeps kicking on preventing the temperature from ever setting correct. What am I doing wrong?

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Old 07-03-2013, 04:48 AM   #3639
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Most refrigerators only have one compressor. Top/ bottom fridges use the "excess" cold air from the freezer to cool the fridge. If your compressor keeps turning on, I would check the temperature settings first, then the other parameters in the controller. Then the wiring. If it is hooked up like mine is, the fridge doesnt even get electricity untill it is above the set temperature+variance. You may have some wires crossed, somewhere.

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Old 07-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #3640
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Just finished my build and tested it. Everything works!!

On question, i used an 18 awg cord from and old computer to wire this. Should I try to get some 14awg wire?

I am running a 5cf chest freezer and a personal space heater.

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