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Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. #5322916 01/14/20 09:45 PM
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Ran into an issue where my bar fridge stopped. It’s a nice zero clearance fridge but is really a Made in China no name fridge. It’s probably sold in lots of places. The fridge would not run. After doing my due diligence on the net and You-Tube I found these fridges break down because the starter relay and / or the high temp cutoff fails. Also the condenser fan is cheap computer fan you’d find at the back of your desktop computer.

Fortunately the first two items are 5 bucks each on Amazon and the fan is 10 bucks.

The symptom of the fan failing is a harmonic vibration of the entire fridge that can drive a guy crazy. Here are some pics. The starter relay and high temp cutoff are inside a plastic box attached to the left side of the compressor and the cheap computer fan is to the right of the compressor.

I know some will say just chuck the fridge but I don’t want to go searching for another perfect fit. I find the description on the box or ad never matches up with the real dimensions. Enjoy.

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If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: Snagglefoot] #5322929 01/14/20 10:02 PM
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Here they are. Starter relay at the bottom and high temp cutoff at the top. If the relay rattles when you shake it, it’s kaput. I changed the high temp relay just in case. I’m no pro at this. If anyone actually knows what they are doing please chime in and correct me. laugh

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Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: Snagglefoot] #5322936 01/14/20 10:07 PM
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Nice work, but I’m surprised to see a Canadian with less than a 25 CF bar fridge, 🍺

Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: 4WD] #5322938 01/14/20 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by 4WD
Nice work, but I’m surprised to see a Canadian with less than a 25 CF bar fridge, 🍺


Take off hoser.... Canada

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Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: Snagglefoot] #5322950 01/14/20 10:25 PM
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Satisfaction awaits. Follow your moto. If you want......

Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: 4WD] #5322956 01/14/20 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by 4WD
Nice work, but I’m surprised to see a Canadian with less than a 25 CF bar fridge, 🍺



LOL Cheap thing stopped at 39 F. Luckily it’s 0 F outside!


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Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: Snagglefoot] #5322964 01/14/20 10:35 PM
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Im with ya, i rather fix than replace. I replace if the parts get too expensive or hard to find. Good on u, its a nice bar fridge, whats in it?! grin


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Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: Snagglefoot] #5322966 01/14/20 10:38 PM
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I love Canadian humor! crzy thumbsup CANFAX approved

Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: Snagglefoot] #5322993 01/14/20 11:06 PM
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That's a really common issue with those small hermetic compressors. The start relay goes out and compressor won't run. Easy fix too!

Probably a lot of refrigerators and freezers get junked because of that!


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Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: 4WD] #5323142 01/15/20 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by 4WD
Nice work, but I’m surprised to see a Canadian with less than a 25 CF bar fridge, 🍺

We have Brandy for backup, it doesn't freeze

Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: cjcride] #5323147 01/15/20 07:10 AM
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Oh yeah … I have had a bit of everything up there … including use of snow fridges.

Fun having 3 rum n cokes on the same ice. It was pretty chilly on the deck and the berg ice was amazing!

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I have a wine cooler that went south but I don't think it has a compressor. Its the size of a dorm refrig,


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Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: 4WD] #5323161 01/15/20 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by 4WD
Nice work, but I’m surprised to see a Canadian with less than a 25 CF bar fridge, 🍺


He was an Englishman for a bit there. laugh

Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: Snagglefoot] #5323178 01/15/20 08:09 AM
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Ha... here I was thinking 4WD meant a 25 cubic foot bar fridge, which was funny in itself. I got all jealous from size envy. LOL


De omnibus dubitandum.
Re: Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks. [Re: SubieRubyRoo] #5323257 01/15/20 09:19 AM
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Me too … mine is only 18 CF … the food version is 25 CF, LoL

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