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Old 04-11-2013, 11:51 AM   #11
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Sounds like you may have 2 problems.

1 - After the 48 hour rest and removing your thermostat the freezer should be able to freeze water, but it may take more than 4 hours to get it done. With no fan to circulate air chest freezers are a lot slower to cool down than freezers with a fan, especially when empty.

2 - Your thermostat read 38 when you first put it back in but now won't get the beer below 53 sounds like a thermostat problem.

I would probably try removing the external thermostat and running the unit longer to see if it will freeze a container of water, try 12 - 24 hours. If it freezes water the unit is good and you have a thermostat problem. If it won't freeze water you have a freezer problem, you could also have a thermostat problem but you can't determine that with a broken freezer.

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Old 04-11-2013, 08:01 PM   #12
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Yep I agree with "B.B."

Don't use the thermostat and just leave the freezer plugged in normally until you can determine if it is working properly. If it works like a normal freezer when you are not using the thermostat then the problem is your thermostat.

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Old 04-12-2013, 01:29 AM   #13
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The freezer wasn't at 38. The thermostat was. My bulb is submerged in a water vial on the bottom of the freezer. So when I say it clicked off after hooking it up to the thermostat, I was assuming the temp on the bottom was 38.

I'll try it straight into the outlet again. I guess I'll emtpy it out (sigh) I'm lazy. lol

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Old 04-12-2013, 03:36 AM   #14
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I guess I'll emtpy it out (sigh) I'm lazy. lol
Lol...yep, I know that feeling!
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:55 AM   #15
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i switched it. interestingly it didn't start cranking on. I heard a "pfft" then nothing.

Now, hours later, i hear it "on" but not running with the compressor like I'd expect.

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Is it getting colder inside?
Did the "pfft" you heard sound like an electrical arcing or more like pressure escaping?

I would also make sure that the cold control (the one that came built on the freezer) is set around the midpoint or colder and then after five or six hours the temperature in the freezer should be quite cold. Maybe try putting in an ice cube tray and see if it freezes the water.

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Old 04-12-2013, 11:21 PM   #17
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I couldnt tell ya what kind of "pfft" it was honestly.

Right now, 20 hours after switching it over directly to the outlet, my infrared thermometer is getting a coldest point at 45 degrees, at the lowest part of the walls. Outside wall is 56, temp of my garage.

I turned the dial to max cold (factory dial) and the compressor didn't come on.

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Well at this point I would suspect that either the cold control that is part of the freezer is bad, maybe the "pfft" sound that you heard was the contacts in the cold control arcing?

Or maybe like you first suspected the freon is low or the compressor is bad.

If it was mine I would temporarily bypass the cold control and then if the freezer was working ok I would know that was the problem.

I wouldn't attempt any of this though unless you are very comfortable working with electricity.

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I have no idea how to do that so I won't try it. Unless it seems easy. I know a handyman who might try it.

What sucks is it's at like 45 degrees, not much higher than my usual targeted 35-38. But those degrees matter because I often use my keezer as my overflow produce storage for what won't fit in my fridge.

isn't the point of my external thermostat to bypass the freezers?

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isn't the point of my external thermostat to bypass the freezers?
No it doesn't actually bypass it, it is in series with the one on the freezer.

If the one on the freezer is bad it could be by-passed and then the external thermostat could be used to control the temp, but first you need to know definitively what the problem is and then you need someone who fully understands what they are doing to accomplish this.

Good luck, here's hopping you have some really cold beer soon!
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