Vitrifrigo fridge is in need of replacement due to a refrigerant leak that's been deemed non-fixable (leak is in the evaporator and apparently the evaporator isn't available to replace and it can't be fixed).
So now I'm fridge shopping
. I'm limited to staying with a vertical setup, as going top-load would require gutting and re-doing the entire galley
due to the current
For off the shelf fridges that fit the current space well, it looks like my best choices are a Vitrifrigo DP2600 or a Novakool RFU 9000. The Isotherm Cruise
219 would fit as well, but that would require a little bit of trim work
on the opening it goes into (it's a little taller and narrower than the other 2 options which almost perfectly match the current cutout). Basically, the space for the fridge is about 54" tall, 24" wide, 24" deep (allowing for some air space around the unit in the cabinet it sits in).
Of those options, I like the Novakool best I think, although it is the most expensive (but also the biggest internal volume). 12v and 120v operation is preferred, but 12v only is ok.
I'm left wondering if building something custom might end up being a better option in terms of having good insulation
and making good use of space, especially considering it doesn't look like it would be all that different in cost. However, most of the custom builds I've seen are top loading, not front loading.
What does everyone think?