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Old 06-18-2018, 10:55 PM   #21
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Latest update on fridge cooling issue

In reading all these suggestions, it is apparent that many of us trawler owners experience the same issues with fridge ventilation. I own a Property Management company here on island with many staff specialists...I invited my reefer tech for a afternoon on the boat with a motive...he took the fridge out of the cabinet and made several suggestions...one I was very surprised on...he said you should not have a fan blowing on the compressor, as it needed to heat up the gas to go up to the cooling fins...so we took out that fan I installed in previous threads. Then he installed one of my low draw amp fans pointed upward to force the hot air towards the vent by the stove top. Then drilled a 4" hole as suggested by many on this thread for ventilation inbound from the side cabinet, and also one facing outward to salon (hidden with vented chrome covers) to draw cooler air into that backside of fridge.



The results amazed me...now my 18 year fridge sits at 4.5 on the dial (7 is max), cycling regularly, ice in freezer in 6-8 hrs (when before it had to be 18-24 hrs). Thank you all for the suggestions on resolving this common ventilation problem for increased fridge/freezer operation. Here in the tropics, ice cold Heineken's are just mandatory out on the water.
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Suntansailor, did you install additional insulation on the sides of the box too?
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No, did not install any insulation. My tech guy had a cool instrument that measures temp on an long flexible wand. After what he did, and when we put it all back together in the cabinet, it showed 3-4 degrees cooler behind the fridge, so I think all the fans and ventilation holes seem to be working.
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No, did not install any insulation. My tech guy had a cool instrument that measures temp on an long flexible wand. After what he did, and when we put it all back together in the cabinet, it showed 3-4 degrees cooler behind the fridge, so I think all the fans and ventilation holes seem to be working.
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