instruction manual
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
UNDERCOUNTER BUILT-IN KEGERATOR
MODEL:VK1501
BEFORE USE, PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS.
Kegco has a policy of continuous improvement on its products and
reserves the right to change materials and specifications without notice
KEGCO
Distributed and Serviced by BEVERAGEFACTORY.COM
8510 Miralani Dr., San Diego, CA 92126
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Table of Contents
Diagram and Description
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Safety Tips
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Installation Instructions
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Handle installation
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Keg Configuration
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Using the Tower Spacer
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Operation Instructions
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Setting Temperature
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Care and Maintenance
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Troubleshooting
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Technical Specifications
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Warranty Information
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Diagram and Description
1. Beer Faucet
2. Cabinet
3. Control Panel
4. CO2 Regulator
5. Beer Line
6. Compressor Shelf
7. Draft Tower
8. Door
9. CO2 Tank
10. Handle
11. Leveling Leg
12. Insulation Sleeve
13. Lock Rings
14. Gaskets
15. Threaded Tower Spacer
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Safety Tips
Before using this appliance, it must be properly positioned and installed as described in this manual, so please read the
manual carefully. To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock or injury when using the appliance, follow these basic
precautions. Failure to heed these safety requirements may result in severe personal injury or death.
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Plug into a grounded 3-prong outlet. Do not under any circumstances cut or remove the third ground prong
from the power cord supplied, do not use an adapter, and do not use an extension cord.
It is recommended that a separate circuit, serving only your appliance be used. Do not use outlets that can be
turned off by a switch or pull chain.
Never clean appliance parts with flammable fluids and do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors
and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.
Unplug the appliance or disconnect power before cleaning or servicing. Failure to do so can result in electrical
shock or death.
Do not attempt to repair or replace any part of your appliance unless it is specifically recommended in this
manual. All other servicing should be referred to a qualified technician.
Use two or more people to move and install appliance. Failure to do so can result in back or other injury.
To ensure proper ventilation for your appliance, the front of the unit must be completely unobstructed. Choose
a well-ventilated area with temperatures above 60°F (16°C) and below 90°F (32°C). This unit must be installed in
an area protected from the elements, such as wind, rain, water spray or drips.
The appliance should not be located next to ovens, grills or other high heat sources or in areas of extreme cold.
The appliance must be installed in accordance with state and local codes. A standard electrical supply (115 V AC
only, 60 Hz), properly grounded in accordance with the National Electrical Code and local ordinances is required.
Do not kink or pinch the power supply cord of appliance.
The fuse (or circuit breaker) size should be 15 amperes.
It is important for the appliance to be leveled in order to work properly. You may need to make several
adjustments to level it.
Never allow children to operate, play with or crawl inside the appliance. Child entrapment and suffocation are
not just problems of the past, junked or abandoned appliances are still dangerous. When no longer using your
old refrigerator, take off the door so that children may not become trapped inside.
Do not use solvent-based cleansers or abrasives on the interior as they may damage or discolor the interior.
Because of potential safety hazards under certain conditions, it is strongly recommended that you do not use an
extension cord with this appliance. However, if you must use an extension cord, it is absolutely necessary that it
be a UL/CUL-Listed, 3-wire grounding type appliance extension cord having a grounding type plug and outlet and
that the electrical rating of the cord be 115 volts and at least 10 amperes.
If the appliance is going to be used in an area that is prone to power surges/outages, it is suggested that you use
a power surge protector. The surge protector that you select must have a surge block high enough to protect
the appliance it is connected to. Damages due to power surges are not considered a manufacturer covered
defect and will void your product warranty.
The cord should be secured behind the appliance and not left exposed or dangling to prevent accidental injury.
Never unplug the appliance by pulling the power cord. Always grip the plug firmly and pull straight out from the
receptacle. Repair or replace immediately all power cords that have become frayed or otherwise damaged. Do
not use a cord with cracks or abrasion damage along its length or at either end. When moving the appliance, be
careful not to damage the power cord.
Do not use this apparatus for other than its intended purpose.
Failure to heed these safety warnings may result in extensive product damage, serious personal injury, or death.
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Installation Instructions
BEFORE USE:
 Remove the exterior and interior packaging.
 Before connecting the unit to the power source, let it stand upright for approximately 8 hours. This will reduce
the possibility of a malfunction in the cooling system from handling during transportation.
 Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water using a soft cloth.
 This appliance is designed for both freestanding and built-in use.
 Place the unit on a flat, solid floor that is strong enough to support it when it is fully loaded. To level the
appliance, adjust the front leveling leg at the bottom of the unit.
 When moving your refrigerator, please do not incline it more than 45 degrees.
 Locate the appliance away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator, etc.). Direct sunlight
may affect the acrylic coating and heat sources may increase electrical consumption. Extreme cold ambient
temperatures may also cause the unit to perform improperly. The optimal ambient temperature range is 32°F 100°F. Do not mount the draft tower remotely, as the exposed beer line will not be refrigerated, causing foam.
 Avoid locating the unit in damp areas.
 Plug the refrigerator into an exclusive, properly installed and grounded wall outlet. Do not under any
circumstances cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord. Any questions concerning power
and/or electrical grounding should be directed to a certified electrician or authorized products service center.
 After plugging the appliance into a wall outlet, allow the unit to cool down for 3 to 4 hours installing a keg in the
appliance.
 Note: In a built-in application, the door should protrude at least 1" beyond the surrounding cabinets.
Handle Installation
Step 1: Remove the box containing the handle and screws from the kegerator.
Step 2: Pull out a bit of the rubber gasket from the back side of the holes.
Step 3: Insert the screws through the holes and connect with the handle.
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Keg Configuration
The Kegco VK1501 Kegerator is designed for use with one 5 gallon or 7.75 gallon quarter slim keg and a dispense system
including a 5 lb CO2 tank. Both store bought, commercial kegs and home brew kegs can be used in this kegerator.
The 5 lb CO2 Tank will fit on the
compressor shelf along with the
regulator, allowing you plenty of room
for the keg to sit on the kegerator
floor in front of the compressor shelf.
A larger CO2 tank will not fit on the
shelf, and also would not have enough
room to sit on the kegerator floor
along with the keg.
The kegerator is wide enough to fit a
CO2 tank with a double gauge
regulator attached.
Using the Tower Spacer
The kegerator comes with a Threaded Tower Spacer for undercounter installations. The tower spacer prevents loss of
cooling due to gaps between the top of the kegerator and the bottom of the countertop and ensures a good seal for the
cooling system. The Threaded Tower Spacer comes with two Lock Rings, two Gaskets and a Tower Insulation Sleeve.
Along with the internal blower hose, these components help to maintain cool temperatures up to the back of the faucet,
helping you avoid foamy beer.
It is important that the hole drilled in the countertop be lined up
with the hole on the top of the kegerator so that the Threaded
Tower Spacer can align through both holes. Follow the old rule,
“measure twice and cut once!”
With the kegerator installed under the countertop, insert the
threaded end of the Threaded Tower Spacer through the
countertop and into the kegerator. From inside the kegerator,
install a Gasket and then a Lock Ring onto the threaded end of
the tower spacer and tighten until the Lock Ring fits snugly
against the top of the kegerator. The tower spacer is long
enough to be used through thick counters and in situations
where a gap is present between the kegerator top and counter
bottom. If your application does not require this extra length,
you can saw off whatever threads extend past the lock ring to
allow plenty of room for the keg and direct draw kit to fit inside
the unit.
With the tower spacer in place, drop the beer line through the
spacer and install the tower on the countertop. Insert the blower
hose into the bottom end of the tower spacer to cool the tower.
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Operation Instructions
The Kegerator should be placed in an area where the ambient temperature is between 32-100 degrees Fahrenheit. If
the ambient temperature is above or below this range, the performance of the unit may be affected. For example,
placing your unit in extreme cold or hot conditions may cause the interior temperatures to fluctuate.
Your Kegco Kegerator includes an operating panel on the front. The operating panel includes several features to operate
and control the temperature of the kegerator, including:
ON/OFF - Turns the unit on or off
TEMP SET - Displays the desired temperature on an LED display
UP/DOWN Buttons – Increases or decreases the temperature in 1 degree increments
°C / °F – Indicates whether the displayed temperature is in Celsius or Fahrenheit
°C / °F Button – Toggles the displayed temperature between Celsius and Fahrenheit
LIGHT - Turns the interior light on or off
If you are going on vacation, you may leave the Kegerator operating during vacations of less than three weeks. If the
appliance will not be used for several months, you should remove all items and turn off the appliance. Clean and dry the
interior thoroughly. To prevent mold growth, leave the door open slightly, blocking it open if necessary.
Setting Temperature
This Kegco Kegerator has a temperature range of 32 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. You can set the temperature as you
desire by touching the UP or DOWN button. When you touch the buttons for the first time, the LED readout will show
the original temperature set at the manufacturing facility. Each push of the button will adjust the temperature by one
degree in the desired direction. Please be aware that the desired temperatures may fluctuate depending on whether
the interior light is ON or OFF and depending on the positioning of the cans and bottles.
PLEASE NOTE:
 In the event of a power interruption, all previous temperature settings will be automatically saved and the unit
will return to the previous temperature setting.
 If the unit is unplugged, loses power, or is turned off, you must wait 3 to 5 minutes before restarting. Attempting
to restart the Kegerator before this time has elapsed may prevent it from starting.
 When you use the Kegerator for the first time or restart the Kegerator after having been shut off for a long time,
there will be a few degrees variance between the temperature you select and the one indicated on the LED
readout for the first few hours of operation. After a few hours of operation, the temperature will normalize to
the displayed temperature.
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning your kegerator:
 Turn off the power, unplug the appliance, and remove all items including the dispense kit.
 Wash the inside surfaces with warm water and baking soda solution. The solution should be about 2
tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of water.
 Wring excess water out of the sponge or cloth when cleaning area of the controls, or any electrical parts.
 Wash the outside cabinet with warm water and mild liquid detergent. Rinse and wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
 Do not use steel wool or a steel brush on the stainless steel. These will contaminate the stainless steel with steel
particles and rusting may occur.
 Dust the front grill and back of the unit twice yearly. Make sure the power is off before cleaning.
 It is recommended to clean the unit completely inside and out yearly to maximize the longevity of the product.
Moving Your kegerator:
 Remove the keg, the dispense kit and any other items you may have inside the unit.
 Securely tape down all loose items inside your appliance and tape the door shut.
 Turn the adjustable leg up to the base to avoid damage.
 Be sure the appliance stays secure in the upright position during transportation.
 Protect the outside of the appliance with a blanket or similar item.
Troubleshooting
There are many common issues you may experience with your kegerator that can be solved very easily, without the
need of a service call. Try the tips below to troubleshoot your unit should you experience any problems:
PROBLEM
Kegerator does not operate
Kegerator is not cold enough
Kegerator is turning on and off frequently
The light does not work
Vibrations
The kegerator seems to make too much noise
The door will not close properly
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POSSIBLE CAUSE
Not plugged in or the appliance is turned off
The circuit breaker tripped or a fuse has blown out
Check the temperature control setting
External environment may require a higher setting
The door is opened too often
The door is not closed completely
The door gasket is not sealing properly
The room temperature is hotter than normal.
The door is opened too often.
The door is not closed completely.
The temperature control is not set correctly.
The door gasket does not seal properly.
Not plugged in.
The circuit breaker tripped or a fuse has blown.
The light bulb has burned out.
The light button is “OFF”.
Check to assure that the Kegerator is on a level surface.
A faint humming noise may come from the flow of the
refrigerant, which is normal.
As each cycle ends, you may hear gurgling sounds caused by
the flow of refrigerant in your kegerator.
Contraction and expansion of the inside walls may cause
popping and crackling noises.
The kegerator is not on a level surface.
The kegerator is not on a level surface.
The gasket is dirty.
The shelves are out of position.
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Technical Specifications
Keg Capacity
One 5 Gallon Keg and dispense kit
OR one 7.75 Gallon Quarter Slim Keg
and dispense kit
Dimensions
33 1/2" H x 15" W x 23" D (25" w/ handle)
Weight
75 lbs. (empty)
Voltage / Frequency
115v / 60 Hz
Running Amps
2.3 A
Operating Temperature
32°F - 75°F
Ambient Temperature
32°F - 100°F
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Warranty Information
WHAT IS COVERED LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY:
For one year from the date of purchase by the original owner, Kegco will, at its option, repair or replace any part of the
unit, which proves to be defective in material or workmanship under normal use. During this period Kegco will provide
all parts and labor necessary to correct such defects free of charge, so long as the unit has been installed and operated
in accordance with the written instructions in this manual. Kegco will provide you with a reasonably similar replacement
product that is either new or factory refurbished. In rental or commercial use, the warranty period is 90 days. All Kegco
Appliances of 3.5 cubic feet capacity or less must be brought/sent to the appliance service shop for repair.
LIMITED SECOND THROUGH FIFTH YEAR WARRANTY:
For the second through the fifth year from date of original purchase, Kegco Products will provide a replacement
compressor free of charge due to a failure. You are responsible for the service labor and freight charges. In rental or
commercial use, the limited compressor warranty is one year and nine months. Cost to move the appliance to the
servicers’ shop and back to the user's home, as may be required, are the user's responsibility.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED:
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Content losses of food or other, due to spoilage.
Incidental or consequential damages.
Parts and labor costs for the following will not be considered as warranty:
o Door springs, and/or frames.
o Inner door panels, door rails and/or door supports.
o Light bulbs and/or plastic housing.
o Plastic cabinet liners.
o Punctured evaporator that voids the warranty on the complete sealed system.
o Repairs performed by unauthorized servicers.
o Shipping and handling costs associated with the replacement of the unit.
o Service calls that do not involve defects in material or workmanship such as customer education, door
reversal, or proper installation.
o Surcharges including, but not limited to, any after hour, weekend, or holiday service calls, tolls, ferry trip
charges, or mileage expense for service call to remote areas, including the State of Alaska.
o Service calls that are related to external problems, such as abuse, misuse, inadequate electrical power,
accidents, fire, floods, or acts of God.
o Replacement of house fuses or resetting circuit breakers.
Failure of the product if it is used for other than its intended purpose.
This warranty does not apply outside the Continental USA.
SERVICE FOR YOUR KEGERATOR:
With the purchase of your Kegco appliance, you can have the confidence that if you ever need additional information or
assistance, the BeverageFactory.com Customer Service team will be here for you. Whatever your questions are about
our products, help is available. Just call us toll-free.
BEVERAGEFACTORY.COM PRODUCT CUSTOMER SERVICES:
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