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Dixie-Narco Vending machine issues (Pictures Inside)

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Hey everyone I recently acquired a Dixie-Narco vending machine. I believe it to be a Dixie-Narco 368?

As soon as it's plugged in, the condenser fan starts up, the segment display come to life, and the machine makes an overall humming sound.

Issues I'm noticing-

I left the machine over night, and the inside actually felt warm. Meaning the compressor is getting hot? the condenser fan is blowing very slight cold air, but nowhere near cold enough to get the machine where it needs to be. What could be the issue?

Secondly, I'm seeing what looks like error codes roll across the front segment display. I have no problem dealing with the software aspect, I just cant seem to find  a lot of info on what the codes mean. 

Lastly, neither of the front fluorescent tube bulbs light up. Could this be an issue with one of the relays? 

If anyone can point me in the right direction I'd be very grateful.

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the codes are part of programming software 🤣 you shouldn't have any issues with that right ? 🤣


check to see if the thermostat is working


lights are on a ballast and will work when the door or door switch is closed, if they seem like they are blackened out on one side, they are probably shot, voltmeter might help there :) 


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And his post number 2 finally shows us what this is.  A 501E is confirmed.  The warm machine means your compressor isn't running or it's out of freon.  If the condenser fan runs in front of the compressor then the thermostat is working.  If that is running then you have a compressor problem.  Your lights not working is either burned out bulbs, missing bulbs, a bad ballast or bad wiring from the ballast to the lights.  The bulbs are High Output in Coke doors so the sockets could even be burned.

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Thank you very much for the advice. I'm working on refilling the freon in my compressor. Just wondering where it could have all gone, must  be a leak or something.


Alright back to the drawing board :(


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You know he's not a pro when he's using a 12 oz can of freon instead of a 30 lb cylinder. It cracks me up the number of folks who post up on utube like they are pros.

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