Fix your beer fridge for 10 bucks.

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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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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Nice work, but I'm surprised to see a Canadian with less than a 25 CF bar fridge, 🍺
 
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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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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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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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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
 

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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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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
 
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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, 🍺
I'm a Newfie by birth and up and over there, they don't keep no beer in no stinkin fridge. tongue2
 

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Originally Posted by SubieRubyRoo
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
Actually he did. I missed it because we tend to think of bar fridges as cubic meters up here. No, I was stuck with a puny trainer unit because my wife wanted to fit it under the counter. LOL
 

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Originally Posted by sohccammer427
Originally Posted by 4WD
Nice work, but I'm surprised to see a Canadian with less than a 25 CF bar fridge, 🍺
I'm a Newfie by birth and up and over there, they don't keep no beer in no stinkin fridge. tongue2
Yes B'y ! I miss those huge "crawfish" on the decks with some hilarious Newfs going at each other … I was happy to bring a chunk of ribeye since many of them were not as enamored by those huge crusher claws 🦞
 
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