If you have a large amount of spare room you could use the non working as a fermenting chamber that is uncooled but capable of being heated if needed. If you live in an area that will reqire cooling like I do in Florida then pass on the broke freezer and keep looking. An appliance store that hauls off trades and old units may have just what you are looking for cheap. You just want the reefer guts to work, your going to replace the control system anyway to accomodate heating. Just my .02 from the peanut gallery.
What do you mean "no Kidneys"???, WTF now I gotta drink less beer...
Join the Automation sub forum in Electric brewing for a discussion of components and control systems. I did!!!!