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Old 04-06-2015, 08:40 PM   #1
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U-TEC Refrigeration

Anyone have a link to a U-TEC instruction manual or site? I have a U-TEC eutectic cold plate fridge, and separate freezer, served by a mains current (240v) powered compressor. Both work well.
The electrics side of the fridge, namely 2 small air distribution fans and the interior light, don`t work. A warning on the control/thermostat box near the light says turn everything off before opening it, dangerous voltage inside , but the non working int. light looks 12v, as do the computer style fans. I need to start tracing what wires (if any) go where, a Manual or diagram could be useful.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:13 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what the unit looks like but any other panels you could pull? Sometimes there is a sticker or diagram somewhere with a basic schematic.

Since none of the low voltage items work I would chase after the main distribution area if they have a small sub panel of fuses or a power brick to go from 240v to 12v, maybe a failure occurred in a central location feeding all of the low voltage devices.
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Thanks Derek, I will pull the panel next time I`m onboard, and also look for wires going to the fridge cabinet. Being eutectic, 90% of the time the remote located compressor is not running and the generator is likely to be off, so it makes sense the light and fans are 12v supplied separately 24/7, maybe via a non fridge specific circuit, rather than being 240v converted to 12v. I can`t get zapped investigating if both genset and shorepower are both off.
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Probably the best move to go in disconnected for safety. You may end up having to energize the circuit to do some voltage checks internally though.

I can't speak from experience but many of the multi-voltage devices I run into are completely based on the lowest denominator which is 12v. Regardless of what AC voltage you feed it, the power supply always converts down to the 12v DC. I would look at what voltage specs are on the compressor as well. If it's 12v DC, then everything probably leads back to a power source conversion issue or the issue is further downstream. Could be that the ground for light and fans is bad. I would do more poking around with a flash light to see if anything obvious is missing or burnt.
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Fairly sure the compressor, which is overkill (designed for shop refrigeration), is all mains voltage. It recently had the freezer at -27C. But, as the warning doesn`t fit with 12v,I will tread v carefully. Wish I had a Manual for the thing. I suspect the cabinet and fittings are an Aussie product. The current 4yo compressor is Italian made.
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Hi Bruce,

Not sure if this is of any help but anr`t bulbs stamped with the voltage. I know they are in the auto world.

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Hi Bruce,

Not sure if this is of any help but anr`t bulbs stamped with the voltage. I know they are in the auto world.

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David,The bulb is a festoon, pointed double ender type. I looked/could not find the expected markings, but can`t imagine one of those being 240v, certainly looks automotive. But, why the voltage warning? I`ll take a careful look in a couple of days.
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A fridge expert in Victoria (state) who I emailed, says U-TEC closed down a while back,and he forgot to update his advert. Looks like Manuals/diagrams won`t happen but it can`t be too complex.
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Hi Bruce...

On the thread it was mentioned to check with a tester to see if circuits were
O K........ I was just suggesting that if the inside bulbs were marked 12 v it would be safe to check them without running into any 240 v there.

I am not great with elec things and your suggestiion about disconnecting the shore power would allow you to check all other circuits on their own.

Good Luck and play safe.

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Thanks David, good thought, and see my post 7 above. I hope Qld. weather is better than ours, rained most of Easter, and keeps wanting to rain.
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If it is not computer controlled, it really can't be more than a set of switches and loads. I would imagine the compressor runs off a pressure switch tied to a thermostat and the lights on a door position switch. I would be looking at any data tags on these for voltage or maybe even part numbers that you can cross reference on the Al Gore Interweb to see the specs.
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"But, why the voltage warning? I`ll take a careful look in a couple of days."

Probably for the same reason your radio is stickered to not take it into the bathtub.

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