Good Friday 2017 was spent pulling out and reinstalling two of our 5 refrigeration devices on board. Currently we have
2 x Vitrifrigo (Italian) OEM.
1 x Waeco 80 lt Vertical (Asian) OEM.
1 x Waeco 65 (Asian) portable added fridge/freezer.
1 x Nova Kool Freezer (Canadian) added.
Today we attack the 80lt Waeco our out side drinks fridge and the best of all the units except for the Waeco portable.
Followed by the Vitrifrigo (AKA The Mushroom Farm as we now know it) mounted in the same unit as the TV.
Removed from the cabinet, exposing the high tech insulation used on the outside surfaces. Recognise the material?
Black Plastic core
flute board used by sign and display companies the world over for signs not as insulation.
Master Insulator (Steve Plum from Clear Horizons) works while the mere mortal watches on. The Waeco drinks fridge gets an Insulation upgrade 7mm foam with Gold foil on the inside and Silver on the outside. Apparently it makes a difference.
The finished fridge prior to re-install. The back of compartment and side into the adjacent cupboard already had ventilation holes cut by Lagoon that were not in Steve's boat, built some 200 units before mine. I also cut a 90 mm hole directly above the compressor
to vent into the void above.
Vitrifrigo 130 fridge (AKA The Mushroom Farm)
This was the main problem and the first attempted fix after water
was seeping out of the floor joint, involved using thick plastic to line the cabinet to allow water
to come out the front and not soak into cabinet.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Loui Pastor would have a field day in there.
The mushroom farm exposed.
The fungus is growing in the hole I cut prior to the Plastic install to vent the lower space and dry out.
The back of the VirofrigomushroomOh the discolored area is where in the past large lumps of ice have grown externally on the back of the fridge. When you defrost the inside, this would melt into the woodwork. Water would also condense on the cold outer surface and just run down into cupboard.
So, same plan as the Waeco add more insulation on the outside, so the cold stays inside and the hot damp air on the outside does not condense or freeze on the outside of the refrigerator.
The back area received a few layers of off-cuts to try to stop the ice build up on the outside (see discolored area above). Thus eliminating the precursor to the Lagoon, free of charge mushroom farm. I hope.
Thanks for all the help, advice and encouragement from (Steve450).
Will attack the other Vitrifrigo next all though this has never shown much water other than condensate on the front door also has not been removed since being built. I look forward to a pleasant surprise, but my hopes are not high.