I use my boat
for mostly day sails
every one to three weeks. I have made it a habit to shut down the refrigerator
and leave it open if I am not going out for over two weeks. I remove everything that is not not bottles of liquid.
Do you think the refrigerator
would require less frequent recharging if I let it run continually vs. turning it on for about 36 hours every two weeks?
The unit is a Frigomatic AV35F, about 15 years old. I have had to evacuate and recharge it about every two years recently because it is no longer cooling
well enough to keep the drinks cold. After evacuating the system for a while, to make sure it is internally dry, it seems to hold a vacuum well but not overnight. (Might be the setup.) I have changed and checked all sealing gaskets. The boat
is on shore power
when at the dock
. Climate is temperate.
My theory is that if it runs continually the average system coolant
pressure will be reduced and therefore any tiny leakage will be less.
Thanks in advance for your comments.