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Old 12-25-2008, 12:36 AM   #1
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Default Old Fridge, won't get cold?

I have this old fridge in my basement that came with my house, it used to get cold and now it doesn't but it runs. Anyone have any ideas how I can fix this to use as a lagering or kegging cooler?

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Old 12-25-2008, 01:44 AM   #2
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It's either (1) low on freon (has a leak) or (2) the compressor valves are weak. Either way, the best (read: cost effective) route is to find a deal on craigslist or buy a new fridge.

Personally, I don't like buying stuff of craigslist so I'll gladly spend the time to find a scratched/dented new appliance at a discount.
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:52 AM   #3
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A fridge that doesn't get cold, is old, came with the place, and still runs. Sounds like an energy waster that deserves a trip to the dump.
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:08 PM   #4
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Check out Freecycle on the net you may find a good used one free

Craiglist is a good 2nd place

Don't waste any money fixing or trying to fix an old fridge
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:10 PM   #5
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+1 Throw it out. Even if you did get it running, you would most likely waste tons of money on electricity.
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EHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. WRONG! The correct answer is get a new temp controller and see if it is a bad thermostat. If it doesnt work with the new temp controller then it wont be worth it to fix it so you get a cheap CL fridge.

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The correct answer is get a new temp controller and see if it is a bad thermostat.
I'm going to disagree. That's way too much trouble for an old fridge that most likely has a dying compressor.

But, I guess one man's trash is another man's treasure...
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