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Chest Freezer/Refrigeration Question
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,410
    So my chest freezer/ferm chamber isn't working. The power is on but nothing is running. Any ideas? It was $60 used. Is worth fixing or should I just buy a new/used one?

    Thoughts on what's worng with it.
  • ceanntceannt
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    Intuitive wild ass guess .... control board
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Or the compressor
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    is there any noise at all when you plug it in? like a hum or a pop?
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  • jlwjlw
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    Not a noise. The orange indicator light is on telling me the unit has power. I think it's a compressor but it's a random guess based off of a little internet research.
  • ThymThym
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    hard to tell, even from this intensely detailed problem description. I'd start tracing power and go from there.

    try to find a schematic for the unit - or just trace the wires and take pictures of what you find.
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  • jeepinjeepinjeepinjeepin
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    If you can bypass all of its controls and run you own thermostat in their place you could save it if it's not a mechanical problem with the compressor.

    Are you using a Ranco or similar inline thermostat? If so, take it out, plug the freezer direct to the outlet and turn the units thermostats up and down. If you hear the relay clicking, but get no compressor it's probably toast.
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  • jlwjlw
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    If you can bypass all of its controls and run you own thermostat in their place you could save it if it's not a mechanical problem with the compressor.

    Are you using a Ranco or similar inline thermostat? If so, take it out, plug the freezer direct to the outlet and turn the units thermostats up and down. If you hear the relay clicking, but get no compressor it's probably toast.



    I'll check that out. I removed the Ranco and plugged in directly to the outlet and it didn't do anything. I'll check the thermostat next.