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    Default I need some direction....pleeeeeeeeeease!

    I do things a little ass about face:
    I bought a second hand Engel 40l fridge.

    Once I had the fridge I figured I may need to power it without running my car battery flat, so I put in a dual battery system (WRND dc/dc charger) and because it was solar ready, I put a panel on the canopy roof (after some great advice on this forum)

    My fridge has been using the sun to keep my beer cold for the last 3 weeks constantly. Between running the car to work and parking in the sun to charge the second battery when I'm at work, my beer is so cold my mouth is watering while I'm typing this.

    Until yesterday!
    Yesterday I went to the car, checked that the panel had my battery float charging at 13.7v but the interior temp of the fridge was 26 Degrees C.
    I checked all the connections from battery to fridge. All ok.
    I checked the fuse in the fridge. Ok.
    I checked that I had 13.6v going in to the fridge with a multi meter.
    I checked that the cable from battery to fridge was not broken.

    I have no idea what to check now?
    Where to take it to?
    Will I be ripped off?

    Today is a really sad day :-(
    The beer is warm and I now have a R4k hot box in the back of the bakkie.
    Last edited by MAG69; 2019/10/30 at 08:57 AM.

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    Default Re: I need some direction....pleeeeeeeeeease!

    How much is a new fridge of same capacity and make.
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    Default Re: I need some direction....pleeeeeeeeeease!

    Quote Originally Posted by hunter26 View Post
    How much is a new fridge of same capacity and make.
    It seems around R9500 for a new 40l

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    Can you hear the compressor running?
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    Default Re: I need some direction....pleeeeeeeeeease!

    2 scenarios:

    Fridge is stuffed. Fix it.

    Internal Fuse has blown. Fix it.
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    Default Re: I need some direction....pleeeeeeeeeease!

    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    Can you hear the compressor running?
    Nope, the power light doesn't come on and the compressor isn't running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    2 scenarios:

    Fridge is stuffed. Fix it.

    Internal Fuse has blown. Fix it.

    Where does one send a stuffed fridge to fix it?
    Any direction as to where to find the internal fuse, or should I just open the guy up and take a look?

    Fanks :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAG69 View Post
    Where does one send a stuffed fridge to fix it?
    Any direction as to where to find the internal fuse, or should I just open the guy up and take a look?

    Fanks :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    4x4MegaWorld can fix. But it will cost a lot.
    Thanks Jelo
    Any chance there's an alternative to 4x4MegaWorld?
    It's not like it's under any warranty or anything :-(

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    Default Re: I need some direction....pleeeeeeeeeease!

    Does the fridge work on both AC and DC via separate plugs? If so have you tried both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyahhey View Post
    Does the fridge work on both AC and DC via separate plugs? If so have you tried both?
    It does work on both. Separate plugs. I haven't tried on mains yet. I'll give that a shot.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAG69 View Post
    Thanks Jelo
    Any chance there's an alternative to 4x4MegaWorld?
    It's not like it's under any warranty or anything :-(
    based on a multitude of previous threads on this, the only alternative is a different compressor

    This forum member apparently knows how:

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...p/3201-JohannP
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    Default Re: I need some direction....pleeeeeeeeeease!

    Before taking it in and incurring the expense and since it was a used unit, I would suggest opening it up and using your multimeter to do some tests.

    You know that you have power going in so start there
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    I would think that it's a fuse. It has a fuse outside at the power input. Is there an internal fuse as well?

    If the light came on and it did not cool then I would be worried. This sounds like an electrical supply problem. Hope you get it sorted.
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    Does the power get to the fridge. Unplug the cable on the fridge and measure there.

    My biggest gripe with that Engel is the lack of low voltage protection. It will gladly run the power down to 7V and then burn the motor.
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    Default Re: I need some direction....pleeeeeeeeeease!

    Test it on the mains plug first as has been mentioned
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    Default Re: I need some direction....pleeeeeeeeeease!

    Quote Originally Posted by MAG69 View Post
    Nope, the power light doesn't come on and the compressor isn't running.
    Probably a power supply issue.

    Follow advice already mention.

    Johan on the Forum is your guy if you don't come right.

    These fridges are very robust, I doubt is something serious.
    Last edited by DC Polokwane; 2019/10/30 at 11:32 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uys View Post
    Does the power get to the fridge. Unplug the cable on the fridge and measure there.

    My biggest gripe with that Engel is the lack of low voltage protection. It will gladly run the power down to 7V and then burn the motor.
    Hi Uys
    Yip, if I measure where the socket meets the fridge, it has power reaching the fridge.
    I'm hoping it has an internal fuse and that has gone just from wear and tare. The outside fuse at the back of the fridge is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    Probably a power supply issue.

    Follow advice already mention.

    Johan on the Forum is your guy if you don't come right.

    These fridges are very robust, I doubt is something serious.

    Thanks so much.
    I really hope you're right that it's not something serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAG69 View Post
    Hi Uys
    Yip, if I measure where the socket meets the fridge, it has power reaching the fridge.
    I'm hoping it has an internal fuse and that has gone just from wear and tare. The outside fuse at the back of the fridge is fine.
    maybe something just downstream from the fuse holder...

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