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Butchhe 08-16-2012 01:12 AM

Questions on BevAir BM23
I recently picked up a BevAir Kegerator on Craigslist for $50 in pretty decent shape. When I went to look at it the motor was quiet, all the fans worked and spun freely but it did not cool because the starter relay for the condenser, from what I was told, was busted and was removed.

Here's pictures of the relay and the part number.



Is the term "starter relay" the proper terminology and would this relay prevent the condenser from cooling it down?

I found what appears to be a replacement relay here, but the part number is a bit different.

Would it be worth it to get the relay and see if the condenser cools the fridge or is there a workaround temporarily to make sure it cools before I go dumping money into it?

Thanks for your input.

Butchhe 08-16-2012 10:09 PM

Anyone? I'd like to verify if I have sucker written across my forehead. lol

sawbossFogg 08-17-2012 05:31 AM

If you live anywhere where a professional technician can come and look at, I'd say it's worth it. I'm sure you know the retail value of your cheap score. Find out from a pro.

skylor60 08-17-2012 03:01 PM

I agree with sawboss get a refrigeration guy to check it for you a bev air is a beautiful kegerator so for a few bucks why risk not having it checked out fully to find out exactly what you need

Butchhe 08-18-2012 12:50 AM

I hear what you guys are saying. I like to do the DIY stuff, so I wanted to give it a shot prior to going to a tech.

beaksnbeer 08-19-2012 12:52 AM

The picture is of the starter relay there should also have been a black part connected to the compressor which is the overload. You would be better off checking HP of compressor and getting a 3n1 starter/cap/overload any appliance supply house will have in stock.....IMHO

Butchhe 08-19-2012 01:51 AM

Thanks for heads up on the proper name. The overload is connected to the compressor. I didn't know they made 3n1. I might have to locate one. Thanks a million for the tip.

Butchhe 08-25-2012 01:06 PM

I've been looking to get a 3'n1 but cannot find the horsepower listing on the compressor at all. I know that the new BM23s have 1/5th hp, so that's probably about what I need, but I want to be certain before I purchase it. I took some pictures to see if you might be able to guide me in the right direction.




I did a search on the compressor itself through the manufactures website and only could confirm that it needed R12 or R500.

I did ran the serial number on the bev air page to get some specifics and it comes back with it not being a valid number. It appears I'm one number shy of a good number.

I appreciate any help in getting me started in the right direction.

beaksnbeer 08-27-2012 01:43 PM

I prefer the Supco Model RC410 they are 1/4-1/3 hp, you can also see if they carry the other models which have a broader hp range, but based on the amp draw this is the one I would try.

Butchhe 08-28-2012 03:28 PM

I didn't even think of going off the amps for the 3'n1. I was all caught up in the hp. That's a great idea. Thanks

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