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bullhead1

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306 days ago

Where do I start? I’m a long time Minnesota Twins fan and this season has been painful. The end of the season was so hard today as I watched the final game of the season and doing some design work on my computer.
I took out my frustration of their loss by resawing some wood for a an upcoming project. That didn’t work so I went to my old trusty machine to sooth my pain.
When I approached her I noticed something not quite right. There was a puddle of water under the front of the doors. She has been so reliable for a lot of years and has always done what I asked. Always performed to perfection especially when it was hot out. But today I think I lost my beloved helper. I slowly opened her up and felt the vessel that would maybe sooth my sorrow of the day. My eye’s watered as my hand touched a semi-cold can of Miller Lite. Not the ice cold one that she usually provided.
She has done so much work for me, from holding my to do lists with magnets to the small girly calendar from the local auto parts store. Held my meat and cheese snacks and yes a case of water and soda.
Today, I lost my beloved shop refrigerator. I think she is too far gone to refurbish her practically. Now I must decide how to give her a proper burial. But more important I need help from you LJ’s. I hate to start another one of these threads, but….....

What refrigerator do you recommend and should I buy new or look on craig’s list?

This is such an essential piece of equipment of any shop/man cave. I think it is important to do as much research as possible. I’m sitting here having a lukewarm beer in her honor pondering what to do.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 306 days ago

It’s somewhat odd how we gain respect for some of our machines. When my planer died a couple months ago, I almost felt like it needed a funeral.

I recommend buying new. Start fresh.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 306 days ago

Look at the bright side of baseball, the Yankees are sitting at home also.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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MarkwithaK

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#3 posted 306 days ago

Before you go off and dig that hole, are you 100% certain that it’s dead? Being in a shop….especially a woodworking shop perhaps the coils are dirty. This would prevent the unit from cooling. Is the compressor running? Do you hear it try and start then and an audible ‘click’?

I’ve worked in refrigeration for nearly 10 years and you would be surprised at how many times it comes down to a simple fix to revive the departed so to speak.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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MarkwithaK

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#4 posted 306 days ago

And I feel your pain about this baseball season….I’m a die hard Cubs fan.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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Makarov

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#5 posted 306 days ago

I am a Mariners fan, I understand your pain. With the current short lifespan of fridges I would buy new.

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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bullhead1

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#6 posted 306 days ago

Well, Mark I gave her CPR with the air compressor on the coils. I have not heard signs of life for several hours. She’s pretty old (20 years+) and unfortunately I am not real mechanical. I hate to pay a repair man 60 bucks and find out it’s terminal. Could it be the defrost timer? If it’s the compressor, I would think that would be like a heart transplant.

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 306 days ago

Defrost timer is actually a common failure and usually easy to replace.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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MarkwithaK

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#8 posted 306 days ago

Defrost timer, thermostat, start components. Generally speaking a compressor is a pretty stout component and can last a good long while (especially the older ones) and given the longevity of newer units (I still say that they are designed with a certain life span) it may be worthwhile to repair it.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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MarkwithaK

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#9 posted 306 days ago

If it is stuck in defrost that will keep the compressor from cycling. You should see a ‘slot’ on the timer to advance it which should close the contacts for the compressor.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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bullhead1

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#10 posted 306 days ago

Ok Mark I’m ignorant. Where is the timer?

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jonah

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#11 posted 305 days ago

A new, efficient fridge will pay for itself in energy savings in no time. Old fridges are the worst culprits – they are horrendously energy-inefficient.

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bowedcurly

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#12 posted 305 days ago

it’s about winter time you really don’t need a fridgitator

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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MarkwithaK

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#13 posted 305 days ago

Ok Mark I’m ignorant. Where is the timer?

Typically they are located on the lower rear of the chassis. Small plastic box with several wires leading to it.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 305 days ago

I don’t feel the pain of baseball being over (Cardinals fan) and my shop fridge runs fine. But I do appreciate the post and the impact is serious. Hope you get her running soon!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#15 posted 305 days ago

For a shop fridge, definitely shop Craigslist. You can get what you need for a fraction of what it would cost new and last nearly as long, given the shop environment will probably be the killer verses old age.

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