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What do you do to convert a T49F freezer to run as a refrigerator and is this feasible?

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  • Dennis Boxerman May 11, 2010

    Yes, you can reset the t'stat to a higher temp but there are a few possible problems. Standard restaurant temp for a refrigerator is 34 to 38 degrees. A freezer is usually zero degrees plus/minus 5 degrees. The evap runs 10 to 15 degrees colder than the box temp. The problem is that the freezer system is designed to run at a colder temp. Running it at a higher temp will cause the compressor to run at a higher amp load. (Compressor working harder). The pressures are higher thus a higher load on the compressor. It also has some sort of device for defrost cycles. This causes the system to cycle off for periods of time to clear the coil. It also has heaters that come on to clear the evap of any frost. It may or may not stay in defrost very long due to the higher temps. Lastly, the system will probably not have very long run times which can effect the humidity of the box.

    So, in the nut shell, reset the temp and monitor what happens. It might or might not do the job. It could possibly lead to an early death for the compressor.

    Choose wisely grasshopper and Good Luck.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Standard refrigerator temp is 40 degrees F. If the freezer has a thermostat which will allow it to run at 40 degrees, I'd say you could just set it there and use it for a fridge.



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First of all the unit uses a low temperature compressor which is designed to work on a freezer. Refrigerators use a medium temperature compressor. So most likely it would be over sized for what you are trying to accomplish,
Secondly the evaporator feed device is designed for "low temperature", not "medium temperature", so it would involve resizing the feed device.

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