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Old 01-14-2015, 08:20 AM   #1
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Fridge and freezer temp display mod

Has anybody added temperature monitors to their fridge and freezer? I searched on here and could not find a thread on it.

Was thinking of installing two of these to the control panel, to the right of the control switches in the header panel to kind of give it an OEM look. Lots of space to install the displays so that is not an issue.
Just need to get on the side of it to run the probes, I think I can access the side from the inside of the cabinet.

Have seen the wireless setups and want more of an OEM look.
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:31 AM   #2
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Link to that item?
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Very cheap! Was thinking I could run a hard line from the fridge control panel to power them with a voltage dropping diode so not have to use the batteries.


New Digital LCD Thermometer for Refrigerator Freezer with Battery | eBay
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:47 AM   #4
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Is it back lit for nighttime?
Is it just in Celsius?

Looking at the listing it doesn't say.

Otherwise I'm in!
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:51 AM   #5
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It is switchable between C & F, some of them are backlit. There are several on ebay, I just grabbed the pic to this one.
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:54 AM   #6
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I like this one as it has a on/off feature.

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...460751&alt=web
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That one is nice but I am looking more for a panel flush mount type.

Found this one, it is already setup for 12V DC, would be a very simple hardwire and it is backlit.

LCD Digital Thermometer Temperature Sensor Gauge C F PC Mod Freezer 10„ƒ 80„ƒ | eBay

Or this one

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-Ther...82164458&rt=nc
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:55 AM   #8
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That one is nice but I am looking more for a panel flush mount type.

Found this one, it is already setup for 12V DC, would be a very simple hardwire and it is backlit.

LCD Digital Thermometer Temperature Sensor Gauge C F PC Mod Freezer 10℃ 80℃ | eBay

Or this one

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-Ther...82164458&rt=nc
I like the first one.
Think I'll order a couple.
Coming from China so it'll take some time to get here.
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I'll let you install yours first.....
Then you can do a full picture pack and write up of your install so I can duplicate your results!
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I do like the first one as well, I will be getting two of them to try out. I think the access to install the two probes into the side of the housing will be the only problem.
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I do like the first one as well, I will be getting two of them to try out. I think the access to install the two probes into the side of the housing will be the only problem.
That's why your going first!
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We like this one that we've been using for 2 yrs. Nothing to wire. New ACU Rite Refrigerator Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer 00986 | eBay
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We like this one that we've been using for 2 yrs. Nothing to wire. New ACU Rite Refrigerator Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer 00986 | eBay
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We like this one that we've been using for 2 yrs. Nothing to wire. New ACU Rite Refrigerator Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer 00986 | eBay
We've gone a similar route with the wireless as well. Has an added benefit of keeping the receiver in the cab when traveling so you can monitor the fridge temp enroute. For shorter trips I usually keep the fridge off so this makes sure I don't come to regret that decision.
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We've gone a similar route with the wireless as well. Has an added benefit of keeping the receiver in the cab when traveling so you can monitor the fridge temp enroute. For shorter trips I usually keep the fridge off so this makes sure I don't come to regret that decision.
X2 - same unit, same rationale for monitoring while on the road. Only takes one instance of spoiled food to learn a rotten lesson.
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We like this one that we've been using for 2 yrs. Nothing to wire. New ACU Rite Refrigerator Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer 00986 | eBay
One of my buddies has that one as well, works great for him too.
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We, too, have had good luck with the simple, wireless, two sender AcuRite unit, ordered on line, that--while taking batteries, they haven't been replaced in more than a year. We didn't have to worry about access wires for transmitters, can place them anywhere in the freezer and refrigerator spaces, and also keeps a record of high/low temps, just in case you're interested.
With varying conditions (particularly on non-residential type frig units) we feel more confident in the performance by monitoring actual temperatures.
Gotta keep the important stuff cold!
Side note; we take them out of the fridge and leave them on in the fifth. We then have an idea how the temps have ranged while it's in storage.
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We like this one that we've been using for 2 yrs. Nothing to wire. New ACU Rite Refrigerator Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer 00986 | eBay
We just bought the same one off Amazon.
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