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Old 01-27-2009, 03:31 AM   #11
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I just hooked up an external thermostat to my fridge, but the way I did it was by taking the factory thermostat out, and hooking the 2 wires out of that thermostat up to the external. Worked like a charm.
So you were literally able to completely bypass the original thermostat? This is very intriguing to me. It's unplugged for the night, I'm hoping when I turn it on in the morning that it's functional again.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:20 AM   #12
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If your compressor is 120V then you should be able to pull the internal thermostat out of the loop and put in one of these with little or no problems.

But you need to know if the compressor is running at all, and if it is are the evaporator coils getting cold?


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Old 01-27-2009, 03:31 PM   #13
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Unplugged it for the night, plugged it back in this morning. After 3 hours, still running @ 60F.

The compressor still appears to be running, as it's warm. I'll check and see if I can feel the evaporator cooling lines. I assume that would just be feeling if the sides are cold?

My dad called a buddy of his who owns a refrigeration business, and the prognosis wasn't good. He says with these compact fridges, there's very little you can do, as they're pretty much closed systems. Crossing my fingers!

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If the compressor continues to run but is not cooling, then you can pretty much rule out the thermostat. Sounds like you are low on refrigerant. Someone should be able to recharge it I would think.

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If the compressor continues to run but is not cooling, then you can pretty much rule out the thermostat. Sounds like you are low on refrigerant. Someone should be able to recharge it I would think.
That's exactly what my dad's fridge buddy said, only he also said that you can't add freon to mini fridges, as they're closed systems. This is a pain, as the fridge is only a month old.

Are those Sanyo's people thought so highly of still around? I'm unaware as to how I could've caused this problem myself after such a short time.
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Sounds to me like you got a faulty unit. I would take it back under the 1-year warranty...

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Sounds to me like you got a faulty unit. I would take it back under the 1-year warranty...
With a hole drilled in the top and a moved thermostat? I feel like they'd be somewhat hesitant to take it back. Looks like I'm buying a new fridge.
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With a hole drilled in the top and a moved thermostat? I feel like they'd be somewhat hesitant to take it back. Looks like I'm buying a new fridge.
OOPS, Sorry. I missed that part. But you are probably correct..... unless you could convince them that the delivery guys did it while trying to mount it in your cabinet.
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I have a feeling that'll be a bit of a tough sell...

There's a Danby @ Sam's that looks somewhat intriguing, and people here seem to have been able to make it in to a two cornie deal. I got the Oster at Best Buy when I still had my discount for around $140, but I'm not about to pay $210 for a fridge that failed that quickly.

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If you have the box that it came in, just put it back in there and take it back. Most of the time they don't check inside....

Also, here's what I did with my fridge. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f16/honeywell-temp-controllers-ebay-not-mine-97505/

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