That is correct. We are currently enjoying a chilly Xmas thanks to a new freezer.
Our old freezer (16 yrs old) stopped working in November 2015. The control module burned up. We were not able to buy just the replacement control panel on such an old model. This meant we would have to buy a whole new unit =$$$$. Consulting our budget, we decided to wait a year and just make do with a fridge only.
|New control module|
Well, Santa got wind of our predicament and decided to treat us with a new freezer for Xmas! Thank you, thank you Santa and Mrs Clause!
|Freezer and fridge - empty|
Tom got the new unit ordered but it wouldn't make the December ship from Italy via Miami. It would be on the January ship. Okay. Slight change in our cruising plans. No worries. We now had a reason to come back to Trinidad and oh yeah.....it would be Carnival time!
|Fridge part - holding plate|
Tom felt confident that he could get the new unit installed and running. However, he opted to wait until after carnival because we only arrived just before Carnival. Nearly all of Trinidad business shuts down during Carnival. If he needed to consult with one of the marine refrigeration experts, chances are they would be closed or unavailable until after carnival.
|The stove is missing!|
|Missing stove found|
The first step in replacing anything is getting the old out. In order to do this Tom also had to temporarily removed the galley stove. It gave us a chance to clean behind and under......eeew.
|New evaporator plate with copper tubes - DON'T kink it or them!|
Pulling the old copper lines out wasn't a big deal. Putting the new ones in he had to be careful not to kink them while snaking them back through tiny runs and weird angles. But of course he got it done.
|Old evaporator plate|
Even though there was nothing wrong with the evaporator plate on the old unit, we opted to put in the new one. It comes as one long, straight plate. The installer then has to bend it to fit the install location. Bending it carefully so as not to kink it and therefore making it useless. The installers being us. Gulp!
|Measure, mark, measure again|
|First bend complete|
|Second bend complete|
|Installed and running. The lower area is the freezer. Upper is fridge.|
So, we are excited about our frosty Xmas present. It will make this cruising season that much more enjoyable. Thank you AGAIN Santa and Mrs Clause!
Final note - On the old unit, the pump and motor were mounted vertically so the sea water could potentially leak down from the pump onto the motor. Sea water = corrosion = leak = more corrosion. This burned out the motor causing a voltage surge through the control module thus burning it out. The new model has been redesigned. The pump and motor are now mounted horizontally. Much better.