Fridgidaire failed

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barkleydave
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Fridgidaire failed

Postby barkleydave » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:12 am

Ok my Norcold OEM died in 2009. I had major sticker shock when I priced the replacement. I found a 4.2 Cubic Ft Fridgidaire that fit the space nearly perfectly. Since I have an 1800 watt inverter no problem running it underway and on the hook. It worked great until FRIDAY!

Reached in for a cold one and oops no cool. I discovered the compressor had locked up. It was warm and was kicking out the overload circuit.
Well a fire is not on my wish list.. so out it came and into the recycle bin.

So off to Lowes and found another one. Almost identical just an 1.5 deeper. Fits good but does stick out a little farther. $199 bucks.

Ok here is the tally...

Old Fridgidaire on inverter was drawing 4.5-5 amps DC
New Fridgidare on inverter now draws 3 amps DC

6 seasons: $33.34 per year. So while longevity is no where near the Norcold, unit the cost per year was acceptable.

safe boating,
dave
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Re: Fridgidaire failed

Postby nascarjonb » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:51 am

What kind of battery life were you getting on the hook?
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Re: Fridgidaire failed

Postby jralbert » Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:47 pm

Financially, what you did makes sense. I recall when I had to replace my AC/DC fridge (IT was either Taylor or Norcold, can't recall) the price was about $1,000.

Why the replacement? Mechanic turned off the AC when he left the boat. Bait I had stored in the freezer went putrid and I could not get the smell out no matter what method I tried. The mechanic was fired soon after for many other transgressions.
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barkleydave
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Re: Fridgidaire failed

Postby barkleydave » Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:05 pm

With 2 6 volt golf cart batteries in series and fresh
I can easily go 2 days on hook with fridge and 2 fans running
Never ran th below 11.4 volts.
5th season they had lost at least 40 percent absorbtion
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Re: Fridgidaire failed

Postby Roger2 » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:50 am

Look at G E or other under counter mini fridge, much cheaper. Mine works just fine.

Roger
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