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Old 09-05-2013, 14:28   #31
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Re: Fridge high current draw


Thanks for all the help and comments, sorry for some of the wars of words I seem to have started.
I released some pressure as advised and the current draw has dropped to maybe 6.5A, I released for 5sec and waited, current dropped, released for another 5 dropped again.
I have been reluctant to loose any more as we have been in the back end of the Bahamas and the fridge is still cold just using way to much current.
Advise please on whether I should do more ????
I will be in the US early June and will get a vacuum and refill then if needed.

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Old 10-05-2013, 17:02   #32
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Re: Fridge high current draw

Are all of the channels in the evaporator frosting? If so, the system is at least full, but possibly still overfilled. If the channels near the exit are not frosted, do not take any more refrigerant out. If the exit line is also frosted, you can let out a very small amount of refrigerant and watch for the frost to retreat back to the plate. If the exit line is not frosted, but all of the channels are frosted, your problem is more likely in the condenser, whereby you have air in the system, or the ambient air temperature is just warmer than your previous experience.

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