Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Frigidaire mini-fridge lighting removal help
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-12-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
mikeyc
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 284
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Frigidaire mini-fridge lighting removal help

So I was in the process of removing the lighting/thermostat housing from my Frigidaire mini fridge to fit two kegs. In the process, the thick thermostat "wire" broke off. I plugged the fridge back in and nothing kicked on. Did I just eff up my kegorator? Or is this fixable? It was this model fridge....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/frig...version-89013/

Thanks for the help.

__________________
mikeyc is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-12-2014, 04:38 PM   #2
Setesh
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Setesh's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Edmond, Oklahoma
Posts: 1,295
Liked 256 Times on 194 Posts
Likes Given: 291

Default

When you say thermostat wire, you mean the copper wire running to the dial thermostat? That could easily be repaired. If you mean the metal tube that runs to the coil (part that freezes) then that is another story entirely. The fridge won't turn on with the thermostat wire broken because the thermostat controls when the compressor comes on. Join those wires back together and it will work again. If it broke off of the solder connection then it can be resoldered. Honestly the thermostat could be bypassed altogether if you are going to have an external temperature controller and don't ever want to use it as a functional mini fridge again.

__________________

An extravagance is anything you buy that is of no earthly use to your wife.
Franklin P. Jones (1887-1929)

__________________
Miscreant Brewing

Setesh is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-12-2014, 04:50 PM   #3
mikeyc
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 284
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

It was the small metal tube part that goes from the box into the body of the fridge.

__________________
mikeyc is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-12-2014, 06:32 PM   #4
Setesh
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Setesh's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Edmond, Oklahoma
Posts: 1,295
Liked 256 Times on 194 Posts
Likes Given: 291

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeyc View Post
It was the small metal tube part that goes from the box into the body of the fridge.
That sounds like the thermocouple. If that is the case you will need to bypass your thermostat altogether so that the fridge runs all the time. At that point you need an external temperature controller to control the temp inside the fridge. You will need some electrical knowledge to bypass the thermostat, so get someone to help you (or do it for you) if you aren't qualified. You need to find the two wires that the thermostat opened/closed and wire them together so that the fridge runs constantly. Then your external temp controller will cut power to the entire unit whenever the correct temperature is achieved so it should be a non issue after that.
__________________

An extravagance is anything you buy that is of no earthly use to your wife.
Franklin P. Jones (1887-1929)

__________________
Miscreant Brewing

Setesh is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2014, 02:37 PM   #5
ShineOn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 46
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Setesh View Post
You need to find the two wires that the thermostat opened/closed and wire them together so that the fridge runs constantly. Then your external temp controller will cut power to the entire unit whenever the correct temperature is achieved so it should be a non issue after that.
If you already found the thermostat open/close why not just run THAT to the temp controller relay? Main reason that most just cut power to the fridge is to simplify the install. That ship has sailed in this case
__________________

I didn't say it was your fault....I said I'm going to BLAME you!

ShineOn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-13-2014, 06:30 PM   #6
mikeyc
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 284
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Thanks for the replies. I found a 7 cu. ft. chest freezer on ebay for $75 this morning. I'm just going to convert that to a keezer. It was time to upgrade anyways.

__________________
mikeyc 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
Frigidaire Model FRC445GB Mini-Fridge Kegerator Conversion noremorse1 DIY Projects 789 08-22-2014 02:30 PM
mini fridge freezer removal rknerem Bottling/Kegging 1 07-19-2012 02:44 PM
My Frigidaire mini fridge build! gicts DIY Projects 7 01-12-2010 12:42 PM
Mini-Fridge Kegerator: Sanyo, Frigidaire...? piperbrew DIY Projects 6 07-12-2009 09:00 PM
Frigidaire mini fridge kegerator? czerewko DIY Projects 10 12-04-2008 09:22 PM