First, I'll start out by saying that I am already well aware of how jury rigged this conversion and setup are. However, I set out to build my kegerator with what I had around me and a little ingenuity and I feel like I've accomplished that. I'm posting this because I've had a few people message me about how I converted the Haier HNSE05VS-01 mini fridge.
So, anyway, about 2 years ago, I hastily picked up a Haier mini fridge (pictured above) from Best Buy with out really considering the difficulty involved in converting it to a kegerator. At 4.6 cubic ft. it would fit two kegs but the problem was that it had a freezer compartment as the cooling unit, like a lot of other mini fridges out there. Also, the temp controller was mounted on the front part of the ceiling of the fridge, creating 0 head room. (Pictured below).
So, after about 2 years of using a picnic tap I decided I didn't have much to lose so I turned off the fridge, let everything inside warm up, and slowly (let me emphasize SLOWLY
) bent the freon tube/cooling unit to the back.
You can see it here:
(sorry, HBT rotated the image even though it is right side up in photoshop)
Because the temp controller killed the head space, and because it is connected to the freezer unit, I had to move it back, first just by unscrewing it and moving it and then, later, by repulling the wires through the top of the fridge like so: