I have two Frigoboat systems I installed on my boat. The system you described sounds like them. I'll tell you the good and questionable parts
of my installation
. I have a freezer
and a seperate refrigerator
. I have a compressor, evaporator and keel cooler
for each system. The boxes are rather large, so it necessitated the two systems.
Good: Very energy efficient, pretty easy to install, freeze ice in the box.
, cost of replacement parts
When I initially installed the freezer
, it ran fine for a day then it started using more power and the freezer stopped freezing. I called Frigoboat up in Annapolis
. Long story short, I was down on refrigerant. I had to purchase
refrigerant, and the adapter valves to fill the compressor with refrigerant. I had to use dyes to try to find the leak. I learned way more than I wanted to about refrigerant and refilling systems. It was not a leak, system just needed to be topped off. I am not certain if it was something I did, or the extension tubing that I had to buy.
The cost of their extension tubes are VERY high. It was several hundred dollars for a 5 foot peice of copper tubing with a couple of fittings on the end. So, be aware.
When I was in the Bahamas
, the compressor stopped working. The electronics
said it was working, but, the compressor wasn't working. This supposidely has a 2 year warrenty, I had only had the thing installed for 5 months. I contacted Frigoboat, after a week, we determined that it was the controller board that is built on the compressor. After pulling it, it was obviously damaged by moisture. They say I must have gotten it wet, I say I haven't had any floods in my boat lately. They say to bad, your fault. $400 later, I am back in business. The board was $200, the shipping
of the old board back to them and paying for shipping
and duties on the new board was another $200. Not pleasant. The electronics
, in my estimation, are not really suited for a marine environment
. What is one paying $1500 if not some degree of weather
The compressor can stall if you lose DC power momentarily, usually this is self correcting.
If you loose power to the thermostat while the refrigation is on, the refrigeration will stay on. even though the temperature is well below its set point. This causes you to use a lot more energy and freeze some food
you might not want froozen.
When every thing is working, the energy use is excellant, I don't think you'll find many systems that are as efficient as theirs.
I have heard some users say they have had issues with the keel cooler
because of corrosion
. I got the keel
coolers with the zincs built in. Each cooler has two zincs. I change one of the every three months. The good part is I can do this by just snorkling. The bad part is, it is obvious that they need to be changed. If you don't have them connected to a central zinc or something, I'd be particulary attentive.
I was on the fence as to whether I'd get a Frigoboat system again if I had to do it over again. I am now inclined not to. I was really displeased with the reliability
and the response by Frigoboat to these reliability isssues.