Originally Posted by SV THIRD DAY
The front opening box has a 4X rate of frost growth and if not scraped off or defrosted will dramatically cut down the heat transfer rate from the box to the evaporation plate, giving higher box temps and longer compressor
runs times. THIS I think was a bigger factor in the loss of efficiency than the opening door. I need to do this test again and scrape the evaporator daily but time is hard for me these days to get for playing around in the lab. But I do miss it....
I remember my brother doing the fridge stare for minutes at a time. I of course, never did that
The Tayana 37
I sailed on had a combo top and front, well side loading ice box. That was the best , cough, of both worlds. An energy pig.
Yes Ice on the evaporator is a huge issue. I defrost mine about every two weeks (coincides with a provisioning
run). A 1/4" on the evaporator will raise temperatures in the fridge over 10 degrees F, and cause far more energy usage.
A front opening box would have more air exchange, so yea, more moisture.