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Old 08-10-2010, 05:33 PM   #1
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I picked up a used Kenmore chest freezer off craigslist.. not sure of the model number but its about 2ft x 4ft and I can fit 9 kegs with the collar on. I painted it black with appliance spray pain, added a 1x10 collar added aluminum bubble insulation to the collar. I have the temp controller set to 42f with a 3f diff.

The temperature doesn't seem to get below 50f though. Is there anything I should be looking for? I have the freezer thermostat set to the lowest setting, and it definitely gets cold, theres some frost on the front freezer wall... but it doesn't seem to be getting cold enough.

Any ideas? I'd hate to have to start over from scratch after painting it and all.

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Old 08-10-2010, 05:42 PM   #2
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I picked up a used Kenmore chest freezer off craigslist.. not sure of the model number but its about 2ft x 4ft and I can fit 9 kegs with the collar on. I painted it black with appliance spray pain, added a 1x10 collar added aluminum bubble insulation to the collar. I have the temp controller set to 42f with a 3f diff.

The temperature doesn't seem to get below 50f though. Is there anything I should be looking for? I have the freezer thermostat set to the lowest setting, and it definitely gets cold, theres some frost on the front freezer wall... but it doesn't seem to be getting cold enough.

Any ideas? I'd hate to have to start over from scratch after painting it and all.

Thanks!
It's probably broken. Sorry dude. I got a kenmore off craigslist a week ago that is prob the same model you're describing (a 15 cu one). Even on the highest temp setting, it still gets under freezing.
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Check the weather stripping around the collar....it seems to me like cold air is escaping from the lid. I am in the middle of building mine so let me know if you fix it. I believe you can probably check this simply by standing in front of it with the lid closed...if you feel cold than reseal the lid with weatherstripping and I bet you get it down more.

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It's probably broken. Sorry dude. I got a kenmore off craigslist a week ago that is prob the same model you're describing (a 15 cu one). Even on the highest temp setting, it still gets under freezing.
I was afraid someone would say that
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Check the weather stripping around the collar....it seems to me like cold air is escaping from the lid. I am in the middle of building mine so let me know if you fix it. I believe you can probably check this simply by standing in front of it with the lid closed...if you feel cold than reseal the lid with weatherstripping and I bet you get it down more.
I've done that and I didn't notice any coldness coming out... I'll check again and have a second opinion from a friend tonight
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is it running constantly?

if it is, it's probably a coolant leak. that'd cost more to fix than it's worth. if it can even be repaired.

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is it running constantly?

if it is, it's probably a coolant leak. that'd cost more to fix than it's worth. if it can even be repaired.
I would imagine that it does, every time I'm in the basement with it, it's running. I guess I'll have a professional look at it before I call it quits on it?
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if it's on 100% I personally wouldn't bother calling. Get a quote first at least. There isn't much anyone can do if the leak is buried in the walls of the freezer. if its only on a short time then it might be the compressor.

on the bright side, you now have a perfect fermentation chamber.

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well, if its on 100% of the time, wouldn't that be an expensive to run fermentation chamber?

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well not once it got the beer down to whatever temp you're fermenting at. you said it can get down to 50F right?

it's on all the time because it can't get to your setpoint. if your setpoint is 50 or 60 or 65, it'll shut off once it gets there.

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