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Old 27-11-2016, 09:26   #16
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Isotherm 2 Drawer DR 190 Stainless Steel Refrigerator

Helia 44 Owners,

We have been reading about a lot of other catamarans that do not have enough Refrigerator space, so they are adding a larger unit or more units.

We are very impressed with the Isotherm 2 Drawer DR 190 Stainless Steel Refrigerator after using it for this first season.

We do have the Isotherm 90L Freezer in the galley, but have not found a reason to use it yet.

The Isotherm 2 Drawer Refrigerator keeps ice for over a week and itís plenty large enough for our boat parties.

It's nice not having to defrost it once a month.

We were off the grid for the whole season, and this refrigerator ran 24/7 on our 500 watt solar panels.

The drawers make standing access and viewing very easy.
No dumpster diving into a hole or kneeling down on the floor to see inside.

Isotherm 2 Drawer DR 190 Stainless Steel Refrigerator
Total Volume / Capacity: 5.7 cu. ft.
Frost-Free
Voltage: 12 / 24 Volt DC and 100 - 240 Volt AC
Compressor: Built-in Danfoss BD50F
Current Draw: Compressor Running: 5.0 Amp @ 12 Volt DC , Average: 1.5 Amp @ 12 Volt DC
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Old 27-11-2016, 09:31   #17
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Re: Refrigerator & Freezer & Icemaker

But the isotherm 130 unit has more space and is more efficient.
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Old 27-11-2016, 09:40   #18
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Re: Refrigerator & Freezer & Icemaker

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But the isotherm 130 unit has more space and is more efficient.
Not sure how that can be. The spec. show its smaller than the 190.

Isotherm Drawer 130 Stainless Steel Refrigerator / Freezer
Volume: 4.6 cu. ft., (1) Pull-Out Drawer

This unit does not come on a Helia 44
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Old 28-11-2016, 05:36   #19
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Re: Refrigerator & Freezer & Icemaker

I stand corrected. I was replying from memory based on old research. However, on a volume-equivalent basis, the door style fridges are lighter and more efficient, but not by much.
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Re: Refrigerator & Freezer & Icemaker

Hi all,

Our cockpit fridge has stopped working. It is getting power as the light is on, but the compressor does not appear to be running. Any tips for troubleshooting for an electrical noob?

It's the vitrifrigo c75lx.
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Re: Refrigerator & Freezer & Icemaker

If you dont have the manual, here is a link, Amy.

https://www.caravansplus.com.au/pdf/...anual_2%20.pdf
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Re: Refrigerator & Freezer & Icemaker

Yeap, I've got the manual. After more research, if I am understanding correctly, if the light is coming on the compressor should be getting power. I wanted to test that but can't get access to the proper connections without tearing the unit out, which I can't figure out how to do (yet).
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Yeap, I've got the manual. After more research, if I am understanding correctly, if the light is coming on the compressor should be getting power. I wanted to test that but can't get access to the proper connections without tearing the unit out, which I can't figure out how to do (yet).

Amy I would first try jumping the thermostat . You can do this by unscrewing the cover for the thermostat inside the fridge. Make up a short piece of wire with two male spade connectors and use that to connect the two wires on the thermostat. If that makes it run then you know the problem. If that doesn't work it will likely be the control module.
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Ugh, Captain Jay you rock! It is the thermostat! Thank you so much for saving us a boatload of time and money.

Now to just find a replacement thermostat here in NZ....
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Isotherm 190 Refrigerator

Helia 44 owners,

We love the double drawer Isotherm 190 Refrigerator, but the magnets are very strong that hold the door seals.

The wife and kids struggle to open the drawers and have to use two hands.

Added some $2 Home Depot handles and now the drawers are much easier to open with just one hand.
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Refrigerator & Freezer & Icemaker

Helia 44 Owners,

Hereís an idea for lots of extra usable storage in the Helia 44 cockpit.

If you did not install the FP factory cockpit fridge or cockpit icemaker then you can cut out the openings, but install boatoutfitter doors.

The fiberglass is 3/8 inch thick and you can cut it with a jig jaw with a metal cutting blades.

We sized the cut out holes to be smaller than the actual appliances, just in case we wanted to install one in the future.

We will install shelving inside these cabinets later on now that we access into these spaces.

You can order the lockable doors from Boat Outfitters . They will fabricate and send them to you within a week.

The Icemaker door cost $217.
The Fridge door cost $258.

This takes around 8 hours to cutout and install both doors.
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