Originally Posted by chrisarias
I recently delivered this boat
to St. Simons Island. While underway, one of the owner's guests punctured the ice compartment wall of the reefer, emptying the freon and rendering the reefer worthless. He'd like to repair or replace that compartment if possible. Does anyone have any suggestions on this?
Thanks so much!
If the fridge is the original Beneteau
, it is likely a Frigoboat. If so, as I discovered with our own equipment
with similar damage as few years ago, there was/is no replacement for the evaporator plate. In theory one might cobble up a repair by using a generic plate and brazing the coolant
lines together but as our Refrigeration
Tech informed me, there is no assurance it will work
properly or that the brazed lines will hold very long or well. Given the cost of the speculative repair, with no assurances that it would be successful, replacement was our only option. Fortunately, we were able to find a replacement model with the same configuration. Unfortunately, it was in France
and had to be shipped to the US which added to the cost. We 'bit the bullet' and replaced the old unit with new and have generally be pleased with the results but it was an expensive exercise.
Before making the change I did get our old unit working for awhile by using an epoxy
soaked piece of fiberglass
to make a patch over the holed area, applying it after thoroughly cleaning
and lightly sanding
the damaged area. That did work
for a few months although the differential expansion between the aluminum
plate and the patch with temperature changes did eventually cause the patch to fail.