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goschman:
Hi All. I recently moved to a house that has an insolated garage so I have decided to get back into kegging. I don't really have the space to put the fridge inside. I use a Johnson Thermostat to control fermentation temps usually. It has been warm with temps around 80F in the garage. With the temp set at 50F the fridge seems to run continuously during the day. I would like to set it lower but really don't want to waste the energy/$.

Any tips on making the fridge run more efficiently? I understand that there is not very much I can probably do. It will be starting to cool down here soon so it shouldn't been an issue for toom much longer.

I only have one corny in there currently so I just placed a 6.5 gallon bucket of ice water next to it and loaded the doors with bottled homebrew.

Joe Sr.:
I don't think it should run continuously.  That sounds like something is wrong.

Are the coils clean?  I'd start there.  If the coils are not clean it will not be running efficiently.

goschman:

--- Quote from: Joe Sr. on September 05, 2013, 03:04:30 PM ---I don't think it should run continuously.  That sounds like something is wrong.

Are the coils clean?  I'd start there.  If the coils are not clean it will not be running efficiently.

--- End quote ---

Yeah that was the next thing I was going to check. I shouldn't say that it is running continuously but it is definitely running a lot more than it is not.

Steve in TX:
Try putting the probe in a liter of water. I did that with mine. It runs longer, but less often. Before it ran 5 minutes an hour. Now it runs 10 or so every few hours*.

*Figures are completely anecdotal. I do not care enough to actually time my kegerator. My kilowatt tells me it cost $4.00 a month. So I got that going for me.

goschman:
Thanks for the advice. Coils definitely were not clean. They are on the bottom so I used the shop vac to get what I could. Probably need to do some more but its a start.

Broke my damn lab thermometer after hitting my head on the counter when getting up. Not a good week in relation to beer. Broken hydrometer and thermometer in 4 days...

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