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Posted by danny burstein on January 31, 2009, 10:26 pm

Your Australian units are a couple of years ahead of the US...

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Posted by Mauried on February 1, 2009, 8:47 am
On Sat, 31 Jan 2009 22:26:01 +0000 (UTC), danny burstein

My fridge is made in China and its a cheap nasty one but its got a
defrost thermostat.
I know as Ive had to replace it twice now.
You may be able to install one in youir fridge to save the defrost
heater running when its not needed.
They only cost a few dollars.

Posted by jan siepelstad on February 11, 2009, 8:02 am

It's not so bad as you expect.
The (original) freezer has drawers.
So there's not so much cold air "falling".
I agree in theory a chest freezer is better.
But look at my measured consumption. This is reallife practice!

Best regards,
Zwerius Kriegsman

Posted by Roderick on February 13, 2009, 12:16 am

It would be useful to gather a kWh number over a year of normal
usage.  I know that the energy ratings for refrigerators here in the
US make the assumption that the family is opening the door and putting
warm groceries in, and taking the cold food out, a certain average
number of times a day.

Posted by Lord Gow333, Jeff Jarrett's nu on February 15, 2009, 4:23 pm

A slightly easier conversion was described in a magazine I read
(www.farmshow.com , awesome inspiration for tinkerers). That guy just left
the freezer thermostat alone and instead plugged the freezer into a seperate
inline thermo with the sensor installed thru the wall of the freezer. That
way with his inline themo set at 40ish degrees the power would cut to the
freezer before it got down to whatever the stock thermo was set at. I would
suppose the biggest issue with that approach would be not hitting anything
important when drilling the sensor hole.

Sidenote: I am not affiliated with Farm Show magazine, I just tjink it's
neat. They have a searchable index on their site, but if you find the
freezer article you will have to buy a copy of the article or the back issue
for specifics. If anyone wants I could try to dig mine up to see if I left
anything out.

"Keep it simple. If it takes a genius to understand it, it will never work."
- Clarence Leonard “Kelly” Johnson

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