Originally Posted by basilchef
there is a cheap thermostat on learntobrew.com you plug your fridge into the therm then into the wall. i cant imagine its very dangerous for your fridge. but i dont really know.
Well, here is the thing. I have been googling to find out if there is anyone who can speak to this, but I can't seem to find any evidence or a site claiming that using a traditional power cut of is harmful or not. Normally I can find a good response on this site.
My thinking is this, the compressor runs at 1 speed. On and off. If it is cut off by means of just cutting the power to it, I cannot seem to fathom that it would do any damage to the compressor. Especially if I set it for a 5 degree variant , so its not kicking on so much.
Last night I turned the fridge off on its built in temp controller and it went from 46 to 75 in about 12 hours. SO figuring it only probably takes it a few minutes to cool to 65, I would set it on 65 and have it kick on at 70.That is 2.41 degrees per hour meaning that it would kick on once about every 2 hours or so. Thats not too bad.
My girlfriend works at Honeywell. She is going to ask the facilities HVAC staff if I need to be concerned or not.