Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Dead kegerator?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-23-2010, 08:40 PM   #1
excaptn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Westbury, New York
Posts: 124
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Dead kegerator?

I bought a Frigidaire® 4.4 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator from lowes to build a kegerator and in my excitment to start the project I never tested to see if the fridge worked. Now that I am about to rack into my first keg I pluged her in and nothing happened. The interior light turns on, but it doesn't cool. the compressor doesn't turn on, or click nothing. I left if for an hour hoping it is a quite fridge. No change. When I drilled the hole for the tower I was pretty careful not to hit the freon lines. I didn't hear anything when drilling or smell any kind of gas. Does anyone have any sudgestions on how to trouble shoot what is wrong. Will the compressor turn if I did hit a gas line?

__________________
excaptn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-23-2010, 08:51 PM   #2
excaptn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Westbury, New York
Posts: 124
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

using a volt sensor can I say that the thermostate is getting power and swtiches on an off when adjusting the dail...

__________________
excaptn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-23-2010, 09:47 PM   #3
HBRunner
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Huntsville,Al
Posts: 476
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Is there a reset button on the compressor? You might look for that if it has one, and you can get to it......

__________________

Chad


Primary: Rogue Dead Guy clone, Sweetwater 420 clone
Secondary: Empty
Bottled: I don't bottle
Next up: IPA and something, and american ale maybe

Kegged:Chocolate Oatmeal Stoute

HBRunner is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-23-2010, 11:51 PM   #4
GRHunter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 586
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default

Dumb question ... but is there a thermostat, or an off setting?

__________________
Brewing beer is a fun and rewarding hobby. When you do good, you get beer. When you do bad, you get beer.
It's a lot like recreation league softball.
GRHunter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-24-2010, 01:56 AM   #5
excaptn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Westbury, New York
Posts: 124
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I've got power all the way to the compressor, from that point I am not reading anything. Check anouther mini fridge and the compressor is warm after running. Mine compresor doesn't make a sound or show any indications of life.

__________________
excaptn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-24-2010, 01:42 PM   #6
bendavanza
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Oak CLiff, TX
Posts: 2,348
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

If you hit a gas line you would know it. There would be all kinds of hissing and racket, and if, like me, your face was anywhere near the drill you might have caught a nasty buzz from the refrigerant.
Has it been unplugged for at least a few hours without being moved around?
Was it moved on it's side?

__________________
My brew tree
My RIMS toolbox
bendavanza is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-24-2010, 10:24 PM   #7
excaptn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Westbury, New York
Posts: 124
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

it was moved on it side, for about 15 min drive home from lowes. Drilled my hole for the tower and carried it downstairs about a week ago. I will try again tonight. What does moving it on it's side do?

__________________
excaptn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-24-2010, 10:25 PM   #8
mosquitocontrol
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 1,084
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Moving in any position but upright can get oil into the compressor. You'd have to let it sit upright for 1-2 days before turning the fridge on to not blow it out.

__________________
mosquitocontrol is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2010, 02:06 AM   #9
excaptn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Westbury, New York
Posts: 124
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

It doesn't sound like I punctured the line or the issue with shipping on the side as it sat in the basement for at least a week before plugging it in. Just plugged it in again tonight still dead. I e-mailed the fridgadare asking them for advice, no service parts for this unit but someone is supposed to contact me. I don't think they will be very happy to find out that I drilled a hole through the top, but I won't mention it if they don't ask.

__________________
excaptn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
dead yeast not dead -- how to cultivate and preserve? FSBrewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 10-19-2012 08:45 PM
Rogue Dead Guy and The Dead Terrorist snail General Beer Discussion 2 04-04-2010 08:18 PM
Convert Conventional Kegerator to Cornelius Kegerator aschafer324 Bottling/Kegging 3 07-23-2009 10:12 PM
Kegerator dead - beverage air bendavanza Equipment/Sanitation 5 01-13-2009 06:09 PM
Ease of Going from Sanke Kegerator to Homebrew Kegerator polamalu43 Bottling/Kegging 6 04-28-2008 10:52 PM