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    coke machine (not cooling)

    Hey guys, I just bought a used coke machine that is not cooling. The compressor makes a grumbling sound like it's stating up for a few seconds then stops. It does this about every ten seconds or so. I'm leaning in the direction of a low charge but I don't want to put ports on it yet until I can eliminate any other possibility. So I decided to get some advice from the experts.

    I'll get the model and serial number tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sda View Post
    Hey guys, I just bought a used coke machine that is not cooling. The compressor makes a grumbling sound like it's stating up for a few seconds then stops. It does this about every ten seconds or so. I'm leaning in the direction of a low charge but I don't want to put ports on it yet until I can eliminate any other possibility.

    So I decided to get some advice from the experts.
    Sound's like the compressor might be heading south our you could have bad start components.Ya might try a 3-n-1 on it.
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    I don't even know what they look like on these things. I was looking for a start cap. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by sda View Post
    I don't even know what they look like on these things. I was looking for a start cap. LOL
    Same concept.

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    Sorry to sound so lame but a lot of these components are foreign to me. Do these have a start cap built into the compressor, or rather sitting on the side of it?

    Since it's a 120 volt would I wire the cap booster any differently?
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    I used to manage a restaurant. If memory serves, a coke machine uses practically the same components as a prep table. Anywho, I once had a prep table that would only start for a few seconds and then quit. On the side of the compressor is an overload relay. If your coke machine wasn't maintained, its possible that the overload was tripping quite a bit and wore out (in the case of my table). Might give that a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stebs View Post
    I used to manage a restaurant. If memory serves, a coke machine uses practically the same components as a prep table. Anywho, I once had a prep table that would only start for a few seconds and then quit. On the side of the compressor is an overload relay. If your coke machine wasn't maintained, its possible that the overload was tripping quite a bit and wore out (in the case of my table). Might give that a look.
    Cool I'll check that tomorrow. I left the machine outside today man These thing's are soooo heavy. LOL

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    Another things is there's all this tar like substance allover the place. I don't know if it came that way from the factory but it looks like it was used to paint the condenser coil. I would think that would serve to insolate the condenser.

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    OK it's a

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    You do know no extension cords on those right?

    Got a pic of the tar stuff?? I always try to keep them cond"s as clean as I can! Grease from a fryer maybe? Taste it and let us know. Electrics are on the can ( compressor ) .

    Did you by beers for it yet?
    Last edited by deux; 11-25-2009 at 09:42 PM. Reason: b the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by deux View Post
    You do know no extension cords on those right?

    Got a pic of the tar stuff?? I always try to keep them cond"s as clean as I can! Grease from a fryer maybe? Taste it and let us know. Electrics are on the can ( compressor ) .

    Did you by beers for it yet?
    I was using a cord! whould that cause these isues or just heat up the cord. I'll get pic tonorrow It's like a tar/paint. black and sticky.
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    Plug straight into wall outlet and see if it fires up. Extension cords, especially poor quality ones, will have a voltage drop and current gain, not good. Could be the problem. Do you own any quality tools?
    if so, check that start cap. or replace. Next would be replace the current relay. Good luck.

    Pics would help a lot.

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