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Old 08-21-2011, 11:31 AM   #1
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My mom has a really old(almost 30 yrs old) yet really large chest freezer in her basement. It just stopped wotking 6 years ago and has been just sitting there since. Enter my homebrewing. Like I mentioned it is quite old and I am not sure what is wrong with it, is it worth trying to fix up? Or will it probably be cheaper just to get a new one. I was however not sure either what to do with it. Keezer(would probably hold 10-12 kegs) or ferm chamber, or just use it for lagering and eising. any help or advise would be great.



 
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:04 PM   #2
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IMO it is worth using if you can get it working...not worth putting any money into it, at least not much...free / cheap working fridges and freezers are plentiful around here on C'list.



 
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:31 PM   #3
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Ill plug it in and see if the compressor works. if it leaked can it be refilled cheaply? assuming i find the leak and fix it.

 
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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I'd say to get it running, (assuming it doesn't right now) would cost as much as a newer model used off Craigslist or garage sale.

Maybe you could build a (big) collar on it, and put an a/c unit on the collar, if you can find one cheap. Or a smaller collar and cut the a/c through it.
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:07 PM   #5
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Test the compressor with an ohm meter (google it); just plugging it in is not a good test to see if the compressor works, because, if the overload or relay is out, the compressor will not work. With that being said, if you have a good compressor, the overload and relay are easy fixes and really cheap, fifteen to twenty bucks will probably get it done. Definitely worth a shot! Good luck.

 
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:54 PM   #6
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I would say: No, it isn't worth it - even if it's running. You would be amazed how much juice old chiller suck, verses anything that came with an E-Star emblem. A 30 year old beast could cost you as much as $20-30/month to run. One year of that money could buy a brand new E-Star rated unit...

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Old 08-22-2011, 01:45 AM   #7
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20 or 30 bucks??? Not sure that's accurate.

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Old 08-22-2011, 01:55 AM   #8
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20 or 30 bucks??? Not sure that's accurate.
It's accurate.

30 years ago when my boys were getting to that age that they ate everything in sight, the SO and I sprung for a big deep freezer (20 cf) and did a lot of shopping to fill it at the local wholesale club (a BJs, fwiw). At the time the local electric company rate was 11 cents per kw. The bottom of the monthly bill showed kw usage for the prior 13 months, and there was no doubt that that freezer was adding around $25 each and every month.

The mitigating factor was it was still saving us at least a couple of hundred bucks each month from bulk meat and frozen veggie purchases, but as soon as the youngsters went off to college that beast was immediately decommissioned, and eventually given away...

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Old 08-22-2011, 02:07 AM   #9
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I ran the #'s just for fun. I always heard the old fridges/freezers were energy hogs, but never heard of anyone's actual bill.

At $.11/KWH, if it cost $25/month, that'd be 227 KWH that the freezer was using per month.

30 days X 24hr/day = 720 hours. Assuming the compressor was on 1/3 of the time, that's 240 hours/month.

227KWH/240 hours = .954KW.

954W/120V =~8 amps, which I would think reasonable for an older compressor.



Realize though that you'll use significantly less energy than the above if it's being used as a ferm chamber at 70F and not a freezer at 0F. Especially if it's kept in a conditioned space (not outside or your hot garage).
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:56 PM   #10
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Ha ha day trippr knows the unit i speak of. did you get yours from montgomery ward? thanks for all the help everyone still not sure if im gonna use it. at least i am more aware of what im up against.



 
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