Originally Posted by mashenden
It is worth the time/effort IMHO given the unit was damaged during its initial installation
, meaning the compressor
unit has 0 hours.
I realise this thread has been sleeping for 2.5 years but something happened today that made me google
I visited my little local marine
shop today and spotted a Norcold SCQT-4407 on the window. Having had incredibly bad luck getting a boat fridge kit here to the booneys in the past I was naturally interested. I talked with the guy and he told me that he has TWO of those units. Both USED. Both are customer returns under warranty and the other unit only was ever switched on for a day and a night but never produced any cold. His price
for the evaporator plate only was 1000 ringgits (about 250 USD) and he would throw in the compressor as well. Norcold do not want these faulty units returned to them, they just ship a new unit to the customer.
At this stage I got really exited and thought to myself omg, I'm gonna snatch that set and fix it up. But then I thought to hold my horses and do a bit research
first. And OMG. Google
search shows plenty of problems with these units. Not just on this forum but on other ones as well. Or is it just that people only write about disappointments? But it did not appear to be uncommon for these to never work out of box or failing relatively soon, like after a season or two. Are these really so bad? If I paid 1K for a similar kit I would want at least 10 years of service
out of it. (Nowadays WM price for the newer 4408 is 700 plus).
Mashenden, were you able to repair your unit? If yes, what did you do? Did you find out what that fifth wire was for?
This question goes to everyone: is it really so that one can not add gas to these? Can not retrofit valves and use a gauge set and vacuum the system? I am no expert but I am under the impression that one should vacuum the system before adding gas?If adding gas is no option then I don't know if these can be made to work after they have been connected and disconnected once. Anyone knows?