So I got an old chest freezer for cold storage and to start lagering. A converted fridge is the current ale fermentation chamber. The second hand store was going out of business and the freezer was marked down to $75. It was working there. I got it home, painted the bottom because of the rust. All set with the Johnson controller and the freezer won't work. Plugged it in directly and it hums, then clicks, then nothing. Could it be the starter relay? Compressor? If its anything other than the relay, it won't be worth fixing.
So I'm bummed. I hope someone has something that I haven't thought of, or it will be a trip to the landfill or freecycle this one.