I am looking to build a kegerator and can't find a mini fridge
without a shelf at that bottom. Ideally the shelf should be at the
top like this unit..
I came up with the brainstorm idea of running the fridge upside
down and wondered if this would be possible and reasonable to do.
Does anyone know if it would be possible for me to modify the
refrigerator to run upside down? I have always heard that you should
never lay a refrigerator down but do not know why, can anyone explain
Thanks in advance,
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Can I Lay the Refrigerator on its Side?
Avoid laying a refrigerator on its side. The oil in the compressor can
flow into the cooling lines when the refrigerator is tipped onto its
side. When returned to an upright position, there is a risk that the
oil will not completely drain from the cooling lines and the
refrigerator will not cool.
If you have to lay the fridge over, try to avoid laying it completely
flat. Instead tip it to an angle by placing a box under the top of the
fridge; this will help to keep the oil in the compressor. Also, there
are several lines connected to the compressor. The cooling and
discharge lines should be oriented to face up. You must keep the oil
out of these lines. Laying the refrigerator over with the tubes facing
up will minimize the risk of fouling the lines.
My added comments:
Obviously the oil situation will be even worse if you turn the unit
upside down. And not that it will matter once the oil has drained
out, but I doubt the mounting hardware as currently installed will
hold the compressor correctly. If it's mounted on springs and using
gravity as part of the mounting system, things could go pretty bad if
you try to "hang" it.
"I wonder if you can run the compressor-less type that uses a heating
element to drive the cooling cycle up-side down?"
It might work, it depends on how the ventilation system for the heating tra
nsfer is set up and how much the fridge depends on gravity to move the flui
d around the cycle. If you can find that type of mini-fridge, get the manu
facturers info and contact them and ask.
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