Posted 05 March 2011 - 01:38 PM
This question is going to seem a bit odd to some. I have an older Whirlpool refrigerator/top freezer (model ET18NKSN02) that I am going to convert in toa temperature controlled cabinet for ale fermentation andsausage curing. The temperature will be controlled not by the units internal controls but bt a seperate inline controller. Vents will be cut into the compartment separator, and a couple of small computer fans will be added to increase air flow throughout the entire unit. The temperature will never be set below 55degrees, usually 65 degrees. While researching this conversion I find abundant information, and many of these recommend disabling the defrost system of the unit..Since the area in my basement where it will be located seldom gets warmer than 75 degrees and the fact that the chamber will seldom be opened more than 1 time a day combined with the fact that it will contain between 10 and 15 gallons of liquid at any given time,I assume that the compressor will run infrequently and not for a long period of time I don't think icing up will be much of an issue. My question is what is the best way to disable the defrost system? I assume that this would best be done by some how disabling the defrost cycle timer ( an older mechanical type with black wire entering and 2 blue wires exiting) while allowing the unit to remain always in the cooling mode. That"s the the information I'm seeking. A I feel guilty asking in a forum where people are seeking answers to real appliance problems(believe me, after the sessions of laying on the floor by the refrigerator ,dishwasher, and oven replacing components I sympathize with you.) Any advice would sure be appreciated .Thanks for your time.