Originally Posted by JasonG
So, after some searching, I found the screw that assistantbrewer was talking about. I tightened it some, no change. i loosened it some, no change. So i loosened it some more, then some more, then the screw came out completely!
I can see the spring mechanism swinging freely inside the "box" or relay or whatever. I can't seem to get the screw to catch the spring and so can't get the screw to tighten again. It seems like the freezer will still run even with the internal temp at 30 F.
Am I totally screwed? Is there any way to fix this? If so, can I assume that loosening the screw is not the right direction (since it is completely out and the freezer is still running at 30 F)? Any advice would be appreciated.
Of note to others - be careful how much you loosen this screw - apparently it can come out!
So, after much work, I was able to get the screw back into the spring, but I had to take the controller box completely apart to do it. Unfortunately I now cannot get it back together, because there is too much tension on the back end, were the probe that goes into the freezer attaches. The thing is completely FUBAR. Damn!
After looking at mine in detail from the inside, clearly turing the screw clockwise (making it tighter) would be the right way to turn it, and this seems consistent with what others are saying. So, if you're going to try this, try tightening the screw first. Only loosen it if you are sure that tightening it is the wrong way.
Oh well, instead I let my fridge warm up, and then plugged it into an appliance timer. I've found that If I let it run for 15 minutes, it will bring the temp down from about 50 F to about 40 F. If I let this run twice a day for 15 minutes, it seems to keep it nicely in 40s. Not perfect, but I have a Johnson temp controller that I will use most of the time, and will only use the timer when I am fermenting something (using a heat wrap and the johnson for this part).