05-24-2012, 09:21 AM
man this is making me all jittery for my cooler to arrive!!!
lower 40s is pretty dam good bet its gunna blow ur old one oudda the water performance wise!!!
05-24-2012, 09:45 AM
Wow, you got the exact same one as mine. Nice! Sadly while trying to get the thermo controller thing out I stripped one of the screws. Luckily by opening the top panel I am still able to access it. Btw how did you turn off the fridge, I dont know how. On another note, I have been doing some tests, I dumped large chunks of ice into the compressor and it got the tank down to 55 with an almost 80 degree room. After the ice melted the temps slowly went up to 60 though. So I think my only issue is bypassing the temp controller so that it is always on.
05-24-2012, 09:53 AM
Never Knows Best
If you unscrew the back panel on both sides of the unit you'll see a thermostat. Below I have detached the cooler thermostat:
In my case the one on the right is for the fridge (trace the white wire that leave the thermostat, it should go below the water container). Once you have figured out which is which, rotate the screw on the thermostat all the way to the left untill you hear a click. The bimetallic temperature sensing strip is at this point moved all the way to the side breaking the circuit and no matter what the temperature is it's going to remain open.
The other thermostat is the water cooler, turn it all the way clockwise, but dont force it if it's stop rotating. Cooler thermostat did not click. This way you are setting the temperature to the lowest possible setting. If you want to bypass it completely so that it is always on, I suspect connecting the two wires that lead to the thermostat together will essentially close the circuit permanently rendering it as "always on". Turn Off the unit before you do it!
Last edited by gill_za; 05-24-2012 at 10:02 AM.
05-24-2012, 04:45 PM
05-24-2012, 05:38 PM
Never Knows Best
As I have mentioned I am not sure whether it is the best way of bypassing the thermostat. Let robthered comment.
But if you are willing to experiment:
Disconnect the wires from the thermostat first (completely). Do not try to bypass the thermostat by attaching the wire between the contacts wile everything is plugged in. After you have disconnected the wires do not try to bridge them with anything thinner than the wires themselves. It is better if you could somehow connect wires one to another.
05-24-2012, 05:47 PM
wire nut might do the trick?
05-24-2012, 07:57 PM
I tried yanking them out but they wouldnt budge. Hopefully like you said, robthered will enlighten us on the subject.
05-24-2012, 09:04 PM
Sorry I've been really busy lately. I actually ditched the water cooler and made another contraption using a regular travel cooler, an AC and the pump, rad etc. The small reservoir of the water cooler wasn't enough to cool my 4 foot by 4 foot tank. I think the water cooler application is restricted to smaller setups. I'll get some pics soon. To sum it up quickly, I took the rad I had last summer (http://pages.videotron.com/beast/nav...0Terrarium.htm), stuck the AC Rad into the cooler, placed the pump in the cooler, hooked up the computer rad and that was pretty much it. It's working amazingly and I can get really low temps in my tank now and the AC hardly runs . It's 24c in the room, but the tank is 14c.
As for bypassing the thermostat, yours looks the same as mine except that mine had a visible switch that I just blocked to the on position with a screw.
In your case I think you can just cut the white wire. I'm pretty sure it's the probe that leads into the reservoir, so if you cut it, then it'll I think that will do the trick. Or if you can trace the wire, you might be able to disconnect it from wherever it's connecting to.
*disclaimer* I hold no liability to whatever happens to your cooler - just had to put that out there heh.
05-24-2012, 09:05 PM
haha you've moved onto bigger n better setup already! cant wait to see it
05-24-2012, 09:15 PM
I will have to trace the wire tomorrow.