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Old 03-09-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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Default Aquafina Fermentation Chamber

I was given an Aquafina (True) Refrigerated Merchandiser. I am told that it doesn't work and would cost more to fix than it is worth. Summer is coming up and I need some temp control so I am hoping to make this ice cooled.

The inside dimensions are 18"D x 21"W x 43.5"H. My carboy with airlock is about 26" tall so I figure that gives me about 17" to put in a plastic bin for ice cubes. I can put a shelf above that with a hole for a computer fan connected to a thermostat, sort of like a Mother of Fermentation.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


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Old 03-09-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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Bummer it doesn't work, but kind of a cool idea to cool it with ice. It still might be worth having someone take a look at it. I was thinking these commercial units were usually cheaper to fix than home units...maybe someone who knows more about them can chime in.

I have a similar Dannon Yogurt fridge in my basement. Started out with the intention of using it as a a beer fridge and as an occasional lagering fridge. I've since built a dual stage ferm chamber out of a chest freezer so the Dannon is now a dedicated beer fridge.


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Old 03-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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These things are commercial, and can be worked on - unlike the cheap stuff we consumers get.

Call HVAC in the yellow pages (the what?) and ask if they work on commercial refrigerators. You can get this fixed!!!
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:29 PM   #4
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It's a bit of a search but, there's a guy in your area that likes beer and does this stuff on the side.. I've worked with them in every job I've ever had. I worked with a guy who had a microbiology degree and was doing refridgeration. Really?...

Trailer parks will have a guy that does everything. Get ahold of him. He's usually someone you won't want around your wife cause he's so course but, so what... Distract her and get the dude to look at it.

Oh, also remember True didn't make the parts that went in that thing just like ford doesn't make the tires they put on a car. Cut those guys out and get wholesale parts. The dude will know where to get them on the cheap.

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Thanks guys. I saw it on Craigslist on Thursday but from the description I thought it was one of those ice chest types but I didn't have any way to move it. Then I saw it was relisted the next Monday and a friend with a truck was headed that way already so he picked it up for me.

Boy was I surprised when I found out it was a fridge! I would absolutely LOVE to get it running, but I figure I might be able to get some use out of it now for next to nothing. I can get all the free ice I want at work so all I am out is a $15 thermostat.
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Do you know any of the details as to why it doesn't work? It could be something relatively simple & maybe was misdiagnosed depending on the abilities of the person who checked it out. Get someone locally who is knowledgeable to look at it for you. I've worked on several & have seen a variety of problems so I think it would be worth getting another opinion. Good luck!
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If it needs a new compressor it's probably not worth fixing, but if it's anything else it may be worth having someone take a look at it. The cost of a new compressor and the labor related to replacing it would more than likely exceed the value of the fridge. I can't tell you how many knuckleheads in my business have condemned single phase compressors as bad only to find out it was nothing more than a bad start capacitor or potential relay.
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So I have a 3" fan in the far left corner blowing down. I'm going to put another hole in the near right corner. Any thoughts of hooking another fan up there, blowing upwards?
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A new compressor could be had for about $150.
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Thanks, but $150 is WAY out of my price range right now. So far I am in for $36 but I like to deduct the $20.20 I got from the recycling center for all my twist-off bottles. :-)


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