Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-09-2016, 17:33   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Alert Bay B.C.Canada
Boat: Whitby 42 , Ketch
Posts: 24
Re-charging Refrigeration System

After 18 years of service my Freezer Compressor packed it in.Ground fault in
the Windings.Today I replaced the unit with a new one ( Tecumseh ).
Cost about 200.00 CAN. I thought I had a deal.Until I figured out the cost to get a Tech to the boat and re-charge the System.
The closest guy is 250 km (one way ) and a ferry ride away.By the time he gets to Alert Bay he has already 4 hours on the book .
Plus Parts,actual Working time and return trip.$$$ 582.00
What does it take to do the job myself ? How easy is it and what tooling do I need ? What do Cruisers do in the middle of nowhere when they lost there
Freon due to a leak ?
Need Help .Thanks
svthreecheers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2016, 18:38   #2
Registered User

Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 371
Re: Re-charging Refrigeration System

I had to recharge my fridge this summer after an o-ring in one of the connectors went missing. I just went to an autoparts store and got an R134a AC recharge kit and R12 adapter. total coat was $45 USD. you can't get R134a over the counter in Canada so you either have to take a trip to the US to get the kit or get a RED TEK kit from Canadian Tire it uses R12a. when you recharge ( if you have an evaporator plate type system) turn on the unit, get the compressor running and then give it a 5 second shot and then let it run for 10-15 minutes. check the plate for frost. if no frost then another 5 second shot, and wait. keep repeating until the whole evaporator plate is frosted. Be careful not to over charge as that can damage the compressor.

A good resource

Kollmann Marine
pcmm is offline   Reply With Quote

charging, refrigeration

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale: Refrigeration charging kit amsvatek Classifieds Archive 0 05-05-2014 08:45
Glacier Bay Refrigeration System marc Classifieds Archive 0 07-07-2009 11:35

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:17.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.