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Old 06-24-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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Ok master keggers I've got to drill down thru the top to mount my tower. Are there any coils in the top that will turn my freezer/kegerator into a boat anchor?

Also I have a Johnson Controls thermostat with the wire currently just going through the seal between the top and freezer part. I've seem them inserted into carefully drilled holes in the back of the bottom half. So additional advice on where to drill the back w/o hitting a coil and rendering my freezor inoperable. Or should I just leave it as is?

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If it's a standad freezer there shouldn't be anything running through the lid. All the coils should be mounted on the back of the unit, so you'll be able to see where to drill.

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look on youtube...alot of people mix corn starch anf isopropal alcohol and paint on the top of the freezer. The coils heat up and will cause the alcohol to evaporate faster, leavng a line of powder showing where the coolant/heating lines are. I personally havent used this method but i have seen it used. I chose to fabricate a collar to drill through so i could restore it to normal later

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If by top you mean the door that opens and closes, there should be no lines running into it. If you have doubts, check at the hinges for tubing running between the base and the lid. No lines connecting the two, then no lines in the lid. Drill away.

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It is a small 5.0 cu ft chest so I think the lid is coil free.

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If it's a standad freezer there shouldn't be anything running through the lid. All the coils should be mounted on the back of the unit, so you'll be able to see where to drill.
Is a small chest and there are no coils on the outside. It has a small square hole on the bottom left in the rear where I see a compressor or something but the coils must be/are hidden by the rear cover. So to me it looks totally inclosed unlike an older upright freezer I have where the coils are clearly visible on the back outside and on the inside for that matter. I might be able to find a schematic on the web somewhere, haven't looked yet.
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Standard freezers that I have seen don't have any lines in the top. The lines are around all the walls of the freezer though, that's one reason people put on collars if they are putting taps out the side.

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Sorry, didn't see the part about wanting to go through the back for the temp control. Most have a back panel that is removable for servicing the freezer, whether it be coils, condenser, or whatever. It may be a tight squeeze to drill between the stuff in the back, but it easy to find the lines.

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Sorry, didn't see the part about wanting to go through the back for the temp control. Most have a back panel that is removable for servicing the freezer, whether it be coils, condenser, or whatever. It may be a tight squeeze to drill between the stuff in the back, but it easy to find the lines.
will look to see if rear cover will come off, thankx
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will look to see if rear cover will come off, thankx
It doesn't come off, it is a sealed unit. I suspect it is so small that the labor costs to fix would warrant a new freezer. And I also suspect that if you can get into the unit then the entire cover comes off in one piece from the bottom although I don't know that to be true. My only hope is to find a schematic online or leave the Johnson Control temp probe hanging from the lid. It looks like it still seals good. My guesstimation is that the small indention in the seal will cost me an extra $0.00555 per year. I think it will cost me more to keep opening it and getting beer out until I get the tower mounted.

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