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refridgerator motor as AACT DIY pump? or pond pump?

 
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I have an old Kelvinator. Can the motor be removed to be used in an ACCT or as a pond aeration system? If so how complicated is this process? thanks
 
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Most reefer motors are designed for intermittent use rather than continuous use. A good reefer will only run for a few minutes per day. The motor needs to do some heavy work for those few minutes (run a compressor).

That being said, an old Kelvinator probably has a much more durable motor than a newer one would.
(Corporate logic says "If 99% of our motors outlast the useful life of the appliance, we could get away with a cheaper motor.")

Since the unit is now out of service, I would say to go ahead and use the motor. If it burns out, what have you lost?
If the reefer is old enough (no plastic inside), they make wonderful smokers.
Or, just save the shelves for herb drying, fire pit grills, etc.
 
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I recommend looking into smog pumps from automobiles, in particular the one from 1988-1997 Ford trucks and vans with the 7.5L engine is a big unit with it's own electric motor.. I've heard of them being used to aerate ponds
 
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@ john polk -
thanks .... by reefer, do you mean the interior of the fridge?
and ... a smoker - I will definitely look that up on the internet... great idea.
 
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Yes, I meant the interior of the fridge..

I knew a guy who has several old fridges in his backyard. He did his fire in the space where the motor/compressor/etc had been removed.
Laid all the fish on the racks, and let it smoke away.

Burned out old ovens work even better (built for heat).
They are often found for free (keep checking the freebies on craig's list). Just need a truck/trailer & strong back.

 
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