Proving that Murphy’s law is alive and well, we are having refrigerator
problems one week before friends come to stay with us for 8 days. And it's around 99 degrees here in Greece
. Definitely in need of help solving this.
I think the problem is just electrical
, which unfortunately is my achilles heel, but with the power of Cruiser's Forum I'm sure it can be fixed.
THE SITUATION: Last night we noticed that the fridge water
pump (ours is raw water
cooled, not air cooled) was running a lot. It was running for a normal length of time and then stopping briefly before starting back up again. After checking the compressor
what I found was that the compressor
would start up and trigger the pump to start. However a few seconds after the compressor started up it would stop. The fridge pump would continue to run for a while. As soon as the pump stopped the compressor would try and start again. And it would repeat with the compressor running for only a few seconds, triggering the pump to start back up, and then the compressor would stop. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Not good.
We checked the manual and one of the “Minor Problems” listed under trouble shooting was this:
Compressor starts but stops almost immediately afterward:
- Check that the voltage is correct, if in doubt charge the battery
- Check that all of the connections and the fuse in the supply from the battery
are well tightened and not corroded.
- Disconnect terminal “F” from the Electric
Controller. If the compressor then runs correctly, check the pump or pump relay as the amperage is too high. As soon as you can, get an authorized Frigoboat Service
agent to check the unit.
It was night time, so we had no power generating from my solar panels
, but our house battery bank was showing 12.4v. Then we tried running our engine
to see if that changed anything. With the engine
running the compressor stayed on and the fridge worked fine. It’s morning now and with the solar panels
keeping the batteries up (we usually show 13.3v-14v with full solar) and the fridge is running just fine. Last night with no solar
and with 12.4v on the house bank I shouldn’t of had any issues, but we did.
So all of that to say, we have fridge issues and based on what is happening it sounds electrical
and hopefully minor. Any thoughts?
I'm going to try and disconnect the solar
(which I haven't done before, the boat came with solar) so that I can recreate the problem in order to follow the steps in the manual. Any other thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.