Originally Posted by Aschecte
Well good news and bad news...... the good news is the advice I received from Nordyne which owns the Philco brand. What I was told is that the freezer division of Philco which went out of business many many years ago made this unit directly before any association with Nordyne. He advised me that you should have a small appliance repair shop or even a vintage restoration company to do a once over on the unit checking the refrigerant charge as well as the general internal cleanliness of the unit. He also said those older units were made to last but were not made to energy savings standards of today so electrically this will not be very efficient. Now the bad news being that Philco does belong to Nordyne but this unit was made long before the purchase of Philco by Nordyne they do not have any I&O manuals or literature on the unit and unfortunately even when the manuals and instructions did exist it was before the advent of scanners or the internet so there was never a electronic back up of these older vintage units. Sorry I couldn't be more help to you but I did make the calls and give it a honest try. I would recommend you do have the unit serviced before actually using it though as if the refrigerant charge is low you could blow the compressor out very fast..... best of luck !!!
Thanks, man. I ran it for about an hour last night to see if it cooled and it was starting to form ice on the coils before I turned it off. I will try to locate an appliance repair shop but I have to admit loading and unloading this thing again does not sound like fun.
On a side note, does anyone have a source for gaskets for these things?
And in considering what to with it, I've found a few things out:
5 gallon cornies fit in it with about 4 inches to spare! I could probably fit 3 in there in a "V" pattern.
A 10# CO2 tank will not fit in the smaller compartment.
Building a keezer with an extender collar is not practical due to the curved design of the unit.
It looks like if I was going to use it for beer, I would put three taps in the front of the lid and figure out a way to either minimize the un-refrigerated beer lines or cool the small area where the lines would be in the lid.
Based on these things, I am kind of torn as to what I should do with it.