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Old 11-10-2012, 03:17 AM   #1
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I bought this kegerator Oct.2011 from Costco's, (Danby #DKC146SLDB) Now I'm having issues with the temp. With thermostat at maximum I'm only getting 48 - 50 degrees. I have two corny kegs with twin tower, stays in my dinning room, plenty of room around kegerator. Also getting a lot of foam, I do have the 10 ft. tubing and operating 8-10psi co2. It must be from the warmness of the keg? I also unplugged, and restarted, no help. Any suggestions before I take this kegerator back to costco's, kind of a pain to get everything back together to its original product. Thanks
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:36 PM   #2
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Its still under warranty? I would check where the thermostat is located and ck the temp there.



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Old 11-10-2012, 04:11 PM   #3
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If you don't mind unscrewing a few things, the thermostat should be in the roof if it's the same as mine (mine is a few years old though). In the box where you adjust the temp. You can unscrew that box, pop the knob off, and you'll see a tiny screw beside the flange the knob was stuck onto. That's the coarse adjustment screw, you can turn that out or in to adjust where your fridge sits, temperature wise.

I can't remember which way to turn exactly, but if you do it with the fridge on, once you turn it one way for a while it'll either shut off the compressor or turn it on, ie: the fridge will hit the new set point. That'll tell you which way 'makes it colder'.

Don't do this adjustment with kegs in there though, get a plastic jug filled 3/4 way with water, nothing huge. Measure temps in there manually to see where you get things to. This sort of adjustment can cause you fridge to turn into a freezer if you go too far, and kegs won't taste good after freezing solid (friend has done this, he regretted...).

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Newbie to the forum,

I bought this kegerator Oct.2011 from Costco's, (Danby #DKC146SLDB) Now I'm having issues with the temp. With thermostat at maximum I'm only getting 48 - 50 degrees. I have two corny kegs with twin tower, stays in my dinning room, plenty of room around kegerator. Also getting a lot of foam, I do have the 10 ft. tubing and operating 8-10psi co2. It must be from the warmness of the keg? I also unplugged, and restarted, no help. Any suggestions before I take this kegerator back to costco's, kind of a pain to get everything back together to its original product. Thanks
John
Is it running all the time? If it is then there is a problem with the compressor and you need to return the kegerator for replacement. If it's not running all the time then it's a thermostat problem.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:59 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info,

Psych: I think I will call Danby service depart. tomorrow before I make that adjustment. Just in case they might ship me a free thermostat. I bought it Oct.2011.

Thargrav: The compressor is turning off & on, so I guess its the thermostat not adjusted correctly for two corny kegs and twin tower, or its just bad.

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I thought costco always takes products back no matter what?

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...With thermostat at maximum I'm only getting 48 - 50 degrees....
Ok don't take this the wrong way because sometimes it happens (yes I did exactly what I am going to say):
Are you sure you are turning it the right way, once (when I wasn't thinking ofcoarse) I could not get my fridge to cool down no matter what I did. I just kept turning the know but it would not cool, it was siting at about 50°F all the time. I had it turned right down low damn it!
The I noticed the little themoeter symbols and my brain clicked, turned it all the way back and a couple of hours latter I had a nice cold fridge.
The lowest setting (1) was not the coldest, (5) was the coldest but the highest setting. Bloody backward thinking fridge makers!
So just saying because it is possible!
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Costco will take anything back. Just return it.

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Old 11-13-2012, 02:49 AM   #9
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Thanks for the info.

Costco's does return anything, I just didn't want to go through the hassle and put the kegerator back together as original. If it goes that way then I don't have a choice, but no big deal. I will get my money return through costco's, there good at that.

I called Danby co., they will extend my warranty for and extra month and call a service man in my area if I could show prove of purchase, well! I don't keep my reciepts after a year,oh well.

So I took the thermostat box assy. apart and started to adj. the thermostat coarse adj. screw CCW, and its starting to drop in temp. So I think I might of got this thing figured out. I'm only adj. 1/4 turn at a time.

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Thanks for the info.

Costco's does return anything, I just didn't want to go through the hassle and put the kegerator back together as original. If it goes that way then I don't have a choice, but no big deal. I will get my money return through costco's, there good at that.

I called Danby co., they will extend my warranty for and extra month and call a service man in my area if I could show prove of purchase, well! I don't keep my reciepts after a year,oh well.

So I took the thermostat box assy. apart and started to adj. the thermostat coarse adj. screw CCW, and its starting to drop in temp. So I think I might of got this thing figured out. I'm only adj. 1/4 turn at a time.

Thanks,
John
Yeah good call, slow and steady. I heard a lot of folks complain (on some other forums) about the Danby kegerators not holding temps cold enough.

One thing I'll say though, I thought I had mine holding at 34f or so perfectly and then it'd swing just a bit colder when chilling and I wound up hitting below freezing a bit. Shoot for no lower than 36 or so at the cold end and you'll be as cold as you could want. I keep mine around 40 now.

The beauty of the coarse adjust screw is you still have the find control (the big knob), to tweak things once you're close


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