Can I convert an existing refrigerator to a freezer ?
I recently took over a cafe that has 2 large reach-in refrigerators but no freezer. I would like to convert one of the refrigerators a freezer unit as I have limited floor space.. I have a True Model #T-49 1/2H 115 Volt and a Glencoe Model#ALA-48-TE, Thanks for your help!
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Re: Can I convert an existing refrigerator to a freezer ?
It's do-able but really not worth the money it would take to do it. You would most likely have to change out the entire refrigeration system (compressor, evap., and expansion device.) Then you would have to add some sort of defrost timing device and defrost heaters. This woud include an defrost terminator and fan delay device as well. Way too much work and money to get what you want.
I would try to shop around too see if you can pick up a good used one from a reliable source.
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Service engeener always checks the average temperature inside freezer or refrigerator compartment. When you turn on freezer, the compressor starts to circulate gas through the system and the temperature in the freezer is decreasing (go to minus). When inside of the freezer reaches the set temperature the compressor is switched off and temperature will increasing. What will be the difference of inside temperature depends on the type of refrigerator and type of thermostat or sensor and moves to max. 8-9 degrees. With the advent of new "No Frost" refrigerator, this difference was reduced to only a few degrees Celsius, thanks to the fan inside the refrigerator and NTC sensor.
So 29 + 14 = 43; 43/2 = 21.5 which means that your average temperature of -21.5 which is not too much deviation from the set temperature of -18 and I think that is ok.
Is the thermostat set to the correct temperature (Low, Med, High)?
Are the door seals in good repair and making a good seal with the freezer cabinet frame?
Is the door warped or distorted in any way, will lead to leaks.
Can you hear the compressor/motor running?
Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong.
If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing thencheck out the last two tips.
If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...
Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...
Anything is possible so Yes... Although I wouldnt recommend it. The price to have a qualified technician do the job would reach very close to the cost of a new reach-in cooler and it could put a bit of a burden on the compressor. You are better off selling the freezer and purchasing a cooler with the money from the sale. It would involve one of two fairly large scale jobs. 1. The recovery of the refrigerant and installation of a CPR (Crankcase Pressure Regulator) with some wiring changes and adjustments... Or 2. The replacement of the compressor and capillary tubing.
The temperature controls are located at the top front of the refrigerator or freezer compartments. The recommended setting should be correct for normal household refrigerator use. The controls are correctly set when milk or juice is as cold as you like and when ice cream is firm. Wait 24 hours for your refrigerator to completely cool before adding food. If you add food before the refrigerator has completely cooled, your food may spoil. NOTE: Adjusting the refrigerator and freezer temperature controls to a colder-than-recommended setting will not cool the compartments any faster. If the temperature is too warm or too cold in the refrigerator or freezer, first check the air vents to be sure they are not blocked before adjusting the controls. To turn Off/On: Style 1 Press the freezer down arrow touch pad until a dash (-) appears in both the refrigerator and freezer displays. Neither compartment will cool. Style 2 Turn the freezer control to the word Off. Neither compartment will cool when the freezer is set to Off.
Energy Saver option (on some models) The Energy Saver option turns off the heater which helps to reduce moisture on the door hinge seal. The refrigerator uses more energy when Energy Saver is off. Press the control to On to save energy when the environment is less humid. Press the control to Off when the environment is warm and more humid, or if you notice moisture on the door hinge seal.
Adjusting controls If you need to adjust the temperature in either the refrigerator or freezer compartment. NOTES: For Style 1 control, press the up and down arrow touch pads; for Style 2 controls, turn the dial to adjust the temperature. Except when starting the refrigerator, do not adjust either control more than one setting at a time. Wait 24 hours between adjustments for the temperature to stabilize.
First check for bunrt wires that can be grounded, then you can disconnect the compressor and plug the freezer and if doesn't blow the breaker , the compressor is bad ,if still blows them ,put the compressor back and try the fan , then try the other fan(inside one) or also could be the light switch, or the defrost heaters.
This problem could be cause by a few things. Can you tell me if your condenser is clean? If it is dirty, the heat cannot be rejected. Will you feel the large copper line going to the compressor and tell me if it is cold to the touch? If it is not col and your compressor is running you may be low on refrigerant. Also, is the evaporator frozen over? If your evaporator is frozen over you might be low on refrigerant, or you evap fans may be out.
You said, you have a FFU20FC6AW2 freezer that I have noticed is running continuously. Explains my $400 electric bill.
How old is the freezer?
The thermostat may be faulty. But check out this list first.
If the black tubes running back and forth that carry the freon is under the freezer and behind the plastic grill down near the floor you may want to remove the grill cover and gently run a refrigerator brush across the coils. Ive seen them never cleaned and full of lint and dust 2 inches thick. This is not good for the freezer or any refrigerator too! They need to be clean so air can run across them or they over heat and get hot. Room or outside weather is hot. It is normal for the freezer to work harder under these conditions. Reasons why Freezer may run too much or too long. 1.Freezer had recently been disconnected for a period of time. Freezer requires 4 hours to cool down completely. 2.Large amounts of warm or hot food have been stored recently. Warm food will cause the freezer to run more until the desired temperature is reached. 3.Door is kept open too long or too frequently. Warm air enters the freezer every time the door is opened. Open the door less often.
4.Freezer door may be slightly open. (Freezer is not level. It rocks on the floor when it is moved slightly. This condition can force the cabinet out of square and misaligned the door.Freezer needs to be leveled if this occurs. Floor is uneven or weak. Freezer rocks on the floor when it is moved slightly. Level the floor by using metal or wood shims under the freezer or brace floor supporting the freezer.
5.Temperature control is set too cold. Turn the control knob to a warmer setting. Allow several hours for the temperature to stabilize. 6.Freezer gasket is dirty, worn, cracked, or poorly fitted. Clean or change gasket. Leaks in the door seal will cause freezer to run longer in order to maintain desired temperature.
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The compressor is overheating and not starting. Could be just the start relay. If this happens again try unplugging it for about an hour then it should work for a while. Heat between doors is normal this is an electric heater designed to keep the doors from sweating. You just noticed it because the refrigerator wasn't cold.