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Old 02-16-2009, 02:00 AM   #1
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So i picked up an old chest freezer on craigslist today, approx 15 cf. The compressor runs but i cannot get the temp to drop below 60 degrees (using digital probe therm, the freezer doesnt have a readout). It is approx 67 degrees ambient here. The inner walls are cooler than air temp by a bit ( i believe this is how it cools?). I dont see any air vents on the inside. Any thoughts? Might it just need freon? will this thing be worth the hassle? I already have to clean it up a lot, including a paint job.

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Old 02-16-2009, 02:20 AM   #2
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Was it upright when you transported it home or did you have to lay it on it's side?
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picked it straight up and went straight down with it. It did slide around a little in the truck but not much. just found the thermostat, and it was in the mid range(it was behind a panel right by the compressor, this thing is old!). turned it all the way down (cold) just now.
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ok, so the compressor is pretty hot to the touch and no improvement. There are two lines that are cool to the touch but not cold, other two lines are pretty warm.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:14 PM   #5
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Well it looks as if this thing wont cool.

I have a question, Can i just gut a minifridge for its cooling components and rig it up on the chest freezer ( i am going to use this as a fermentation chamber)?

If so anyone know of some one gutting one before? I tried a search but nothing too specific.
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:52 PM   #6
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I would get someone to check the freon first. All of the trouble with getting the mini-fridge put in there is not really worth it. Or you could buy another one and sell this one to someone else.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:34 PM   #7
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So i picked up an old chest freezer on craigslist today, approx 15 cf. The compressor runs but i cannot get the temp to drop below 60 degrees (using digital probe therm, the freezer doesnt have a readout). It is approx 67 degrees ambient here. The inner walls are cooler than air temp by a bit ( i believe this is how it cools?). I dont see any air vents on the inside. Any thoughts? Might it just need freon? will this thing be worth the hassle? I already have to clean it up a lot, including a paint job.

Thanks

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Sounds to me like the compressor is shot. You might want to just give up on it and get a new one or a newer used on.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:52 PM   #8
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well i dont think im going to be smart and give up on it. I am going to carefully gut a cheap mini-fridge and rig it up.
I really like the size of this thing (after measurements i can fit 2 carboys, 1 better bottle, and at least one corny in there, not even using the hump space) and for a couple more bucks i can test out my fab skills.
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