Troubleshooting Your Kegerator

If you are experiencing problems with your kegerator, please refer to our troubleshooting guide below. If your problem is not found below or you are unable to correct an issue you find on the chart, please leave a comment and/or give us a call at 1-866-950-8710.

Issue Possible Cause Solution
Cloudy Beer:
Beer is hazy and not clear
Temperature too low Increase the temperature of the refrigerator to 36°F or higher.
Faucet partially opened Turn the tap off, then open it quickly and fully.
Keg has something warm on it Remove any item that is not cold from the keg.
Flat Beer:
Head comes out like large soap bubbles and disappears quickly. Beer tastes less fresh
Greasy glasses (grease can come from fried foods, lipstick, or dirty hands) Wash glasses thoroughly after use and allow to air dry. Do not dry wipe. Cold rinse glasses before pouring beer. Designate beer-only glasses.
Poor pour Be careful about the distance of the faucet to the glass. A perfect pour will give you about a 1/2″ to 1″ thick tight head on top.
Low pressure Check if the CO2 tank is on and is not empty. Check for obstructions in the air lines. If the PSI is too low, raise it a little bit at a time. (Be careful as the regulator is very sensitive). Regulators need to be replaced every 4-6 years after wear.
Bad or Off-Tasting Beer:
Beer is bitter and has an unpleasant bite.
Dirty beer line or faucet Clean the faucet and lines after you finish off every keg.
Dirty air line Replace the air line if it looks to be contaminated. Otherwise, clean it like you would the beer line and rinse it clean.
Old beer Toss the keg, and get a new one.
Foamy Beer:
You pour and it comes out all foam and no beer.
Warm Beer Regulate the refrigerator’s temperature to be at 38-42° Fahrenheit
Excessive CO2 Lower the CO2 pressure going into the keg. Turn off the CO2tank, pull the relief valve for about 3 seconds, wait about 15 minutes before turning it back on.
Old beer lines Replace your beer lines.
Clogged faucet Remove the faucet, soak in hot water and clean with a brush every few weeks.
Poor pour Be careful about the distance of the faucet to the glass. A perfect pour will give you about a 1/2″ to 1″ thick tight head on top.
Worn down parts in faucet Check for worn washers and replace as needed. Check the faucet to make sure it opens fully. Replace the faucet or it’s parts as needed.
Warm beer lines The full length of beer tubing needs to be refrigerated. Beer lines longer than 6 feet may cause issues as well.

If your problem is not found in our troubleshooting chart above or you are unable to correct the issue, please leave a comment below and/or give us a call at 1-866-950-8710.

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Comments

  1. says

    My Haier kegerator model HBF05eABB-01 is ruining my beer cause I cant keep temp at 38′. If fluctuates from 32 to 50. I bought a Johnson digital controller to regulate but the same problem, so I am returning it. Should I buy the thermostat control unit and change it?

    • says

      Edge Star Kegerator model KC2000SSTWIN – cannot get the temperature below 44 degrees even with it set as low as it will go. Using two thermometers and both show same temperature. What can I do to lower temperature? Unit is brand new, purchased August 4, 2014 and just got keg to put in it.

    • Bill says

      I had same problem. Put a digital control with an adjustable differrntial and sense temp of a bottle with mix of water and glychol set at 30 degrees, my beer pours at 35 degrees. Coors light.

  2. Sober and frustrated says

    Frustrated! My Danby Kegerator is dispensing flat beer. Unlike the symptoms listed in the FAQ, the head is not large “soap bubble” like and does not go away; it looks like normal beer head. CO2 level is set appropriately, and it is getting into the keg. Is it the coupler?

  3. carolyn says

    On DYI MAN CAVE I SAW AN UPSIDE DOWN BEER TAP THAT FILLS YOUR CUP FROM THE BOTTOM UP AND STILL HAS FOAM . DO YOU KNOW WHERE THESE ARE BOUGHT?

  4. Vaughn says

    The temperature in my kegorator fluctuates, sometimes as much as 5 degrees, without me adjusting any settings. Is this normal?

  5. Lorren says

    Hello all,
    I just purchased a Continental Beer Refrigerator from a chef off of Craigslist. We got a great price for it, but that may be because it is not working. This is our first Kegerator and we were wondering if anyone has one of these/knows anyone with one of these/or knows anything about the electrical aspect of one of these and may be able to provide some help with setting it up. There are some loose electrical cords that are coming in through the back of the unit and into the refrigerated part. Unfortunately, it seems like nothing is happening when we turn it on so we are assuming that this is because this cord is severed. Any thoughts?

    Thanks

  6. David Hulshouser says

    I have a Nostalgia Electrics KRS-2150 and a foam issue. I’ve measured the temp in a glass placed both in the bottom and top of keg. The bottom was a nice 33 degrees. The top was around 50! The beer never gets much below 50 either. I’ve installed a fan and tube to pump cold air to the tower as well as insulated (as best I can) with pipe insulation around the beer line and air tube. I’ve even stuffed some foam insulation into the hole above the keg where the beer & cooling line go up to the tower to try and minimize warm air entering from the tower. Very frustrating. I’m shocked that there could be such a significant temperature difference in such a small space. Seems to defy laws of nature. Thoughts?

  7. Greg says

    I have a Summit Kegerator, which is about 10 years old. For whatever, reason, it will not pour any beer – none – when the tap handle is engaged. There is pressure in the CO2 tank and keg (roughly 10 psi) and the CO2 tank is not empty. I was concerned that the keg or lines had somehow frozen, but the temp inside the kegerator is not cold enough. What could be the cause?

  8. Greg says

    So, after my keg would not dispense beer last night, I checked the following:

    Pressure: 10-12 psi, good to go
    CO2 tank: full
    Temperature regulator setting on back of kegerator: set at normal (mid range)

    Still no beer. However, after tinkering around inside the kegerator with the door open, I noticed a coat of frost forming on the lower half of the keg. So I pulled the keg out to find it frozen – solid as a rock. Given the temp regulator setting, I can only think the regulator is broken. However, when I unplug the unit and then plug it back in a little bit later, the cooling mechanism kicks in. Just can’t figure out why it won’t STOP cooling once it hits the temp setting.

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