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Old 02-02-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
Oct 2008
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So I'm thinking about building a keezer, holding two to three corny's at serving temperature, and maybe use for lagering in the future. What sort of longevity are users seeing from the compressor. A freezer is designed to freeze, and overriding the temperature with an external controller must have some impact on the operation of the cooling system ie: on (freeze), off (thaw), repeat.

Any feedback if this is even an issue worth worrying about?
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:32 PM   #2
Jul 2011
Des Moines, IA
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You just don't want the compressor cycling every few minutes. That would wear it out pretty quickly. The controllers that I know of let you set min/max values for how long and how often it will kick on.

You should be able to dial it in so that your external temp controller turns it on/off at roughly the same interval as it would normally operate at a freezer. That way, it should not hurt the longevity at all.

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Old 02-03-2012, 01:43 AM   #3
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What's a normal cycle time? I feel like mine is cycling every 30-45 mins which seems like a lot.

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Old 02-03-2012, 02:03 AM   #4
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i don't think there is much you can do, other than maybe put a timer switch on, but load issues might prevent you from keeping the temp stable. How long has it been running?- are all your kegs chilled to temp?
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