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  • Re: REFRIGERATION

    tidetim said:
    I have a GE over-under refrigerator on my boat (48' trawler) that obviously uses AC current to operate. When off the dock, that power comes via our 3000 watt inverter/charger and 900 Ah battery bank. When the fridge goes into defrost mode (about 6x/day), power use skyrockets from approx 13 amp to over 26! I'm hoping someone has installed a manual defrost switch in place of the automatic/timer currently on the unit. That way I can choose when to defrost, like when I'm running my generator or main engine. Any details as to how to do this would be appreciated. Thanks. Tim
    Find the element, cut the wires, add a timer switch that turns on the element for X minutes.  (It should also turn off the compressor.)  Beware - the refrig will freeze up fast; auto-defrost refrigerators are not designed with large clearances in the evaporator.