Garage Fridge is acting up - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Garage Fridge is acting up

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-11-2008, 01:13 AM   #1
Reverend JC
2500 gallons year to date
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Reverend JC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Your Mom's
Posts: 1,880
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts



The fridge in the garage a few days ago was able to get temps with my A419 johnson control unit of 32 if needed.

I had to remove the egg/butter holder interior paneling so my conical could fit in there.

Now, the fridge will only get to 57 degrees. there is still insulation on the door so i doubt that is it.

There are what appears to be the cooling coils in the rear of the fridge that seem to have collect a fair amount of frost. Could this be my problem?
__________________
"Just because i don't care dosen't mean I don't understand." -Homer Simpson


http://www.modernmonks.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 01:52 AM   #2
Hoosierbrewer
Recipes 
 
Apr 2008
Muncie, IN, Indiana
Posts: 812
Liked 18 Times on 9 Posts


what is the temp in the garage? Mine will not cool as low on 90 degree days. I also have to defrost my kegerator a couple of times each summer.
__________________
Primary 1: Oatmeal Coffee Stout
Secondary: American Mild IPA
Keg 1: English Bitter

Next up: Double IPA for friend, Kolsch, Graff, American Wheat, Dunkleweizen.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 02:10 AM   #3
Reverend JC
2500 gallons year to date
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Reverend JC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Your Mom's
Posts: 1,880
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Temp in the garage right now is upper 70s. even when it hit 90 last week it was in the 30s. i know it can get down there. I just defrosted the coils in the back of the inside fridge. i hope that does the trick.
__________________
"Just because i don't care dosen't mean I don't understand." -Homer Simpson


http://www.modernmonks.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 02:22 AM   #4
jamescb77
Recipes 
 
Mar 2008
nacogdoches tx
Posts: 111

i would say it has to do with your conical being in there think how much harder that thing has to work to get all of that mass down to temp give it time it should get down there
__________________
Primary 1:air
Primary 2:air
Secondary:Air
Bottled: air
Up Next:not really sure
Enjoying:AIR:(
working on upgrading to electric if someone would liek to brew me some i would be more than happy to pay for all the ingredients and come help out. Let me know if your near Vincennes Indiana

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 02:55 AM   #5
Reverend JC
2500 gallons year to date
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Reverend JC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Your Mom's
Posts: 1,880
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


It would seem that defrosting the coils on the inside of the fridge worked. The fridge is down to 59 degrees after 20 min of being plugged in again.
__________________
"Just because i don't care dosen't mean I don't understand." -Homer Simpson


http://www.modernmonks.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 03:40 AM   #6
kladue
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Dec 2006
Turner, Oregon, Oregon most of the time now
Posts: 2,305
Liked 53 Times on 47 Posts


Check the door seals as moisture from outside is your enemy, coils frost up which block heat transfer and interior temps go up. This is the same kind of problem when air conditioners are used for cool rooms, moisture migrates through vents and other openings to build up inside cooler and freeze up on coils.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 01:58 PM   #7
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,597
Liked 155 Times on 145 Posts


Ice is a good insulator.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 06:27 PM   #8
Reverend JC
2500 gallons year to date
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Reverend JC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Your Mom's
Posts: 1,880
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Update:


I checked this morning and the Fridge was right at 52 where i want it for fermenting.

I did however notice that where i have the prob wire laying when the door is shut (i do not have a hole drilled in fridge) there is a gap. I would imagine moisture is coming in through there. I need to remedy that without drilling a hole in the fridge.
__________________
"Just because i don't care dosen't mean I don't understand." -Homer Simpson


http://www.modernmonks.com

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
garage too cold for fermenting lagers in fridge? mandoman Equipment/Sanitation 4 10-30-2008 04:56 PM
Fridge in Detached garage in wintertime. StankAle Equipment/Sanitation 3 10-13-2008 07:20 PM
One Tap Acting Up? Sea Bottling/Kegging 5 08-10-2008 04:49 PM
5 gallon keg in bottom of garage fridge ?? panic rev Equipment/Sanitation 2 07-12-2008 06:07 PM
Cool Garage Kegerator Fridge EdWort Bottling/Kegging 1 06-05-2007 03:04 PM


Forum Jump