Originally Posted by ramey70
I have the black version of the BM-23. I replaced the single tower with a 3 faucet tower. It holds 3 kegs with plenty of room to spare. You could even fit four if you wanted to. You need to understand that this is a commercial unit and not a consumer model. With that comes quality and reliability but it's also noisy as hell.
I know this is an old thread, but I wish I'd read it last week before taking on one of these. I bought a 4 year old Stainless BM23 for $600 and plugged it in earlier today. It cooled down surprisingly quickly and I know the beer kegs will love that fact but I am counting down the days until the Mrs. says something about how loud it is.
It is ridiculously loud when the compressor turns on. Right now that only happens maybe twice an hour, but I also don't have it on the coldest setting and there are no kegs in it. I know it is a commercial grade unit, but why is it exponentially louder than the much larger side-by-side fridge freezer I have standing in my kitchen!
The noise level has me a bit down because I know it's going to bother my wife... she won't make me get rid of it, but I will definitely have to hear about it (and understandably so). I just bought a 3 faucet tower, 3 gauge secondaries, and new lines, all arriving in 2 days. Right now I am guessing I'll make it through this one season with it before going back to the original plan; keezer in the garage and glycol to the kitchen. This is my first kegerator and I really want to like it, but I definitely wasn't considering the noise when I took the plunge.
If I had to compare it to anything I'd say it is not much less louder than the smaller of our two central AC units outside. Could there be something wrong with it even though it seems to be cooling very well on the warmer settings? I'm not opposed to calling for service if I find one that seems reasonably priced. I'd hate to spend $100+ though for someone to come out and say, yeah, that is what they sound like. What types of companies service these? Do I need to look for general HVAC and refrigeration?