Problems with ENGEL 40th Anniversary

Submitted: Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 07:52
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G'day,

just wondering if anyone else who owns one of the engel 40th anniversay 39L fridge freezers has had problems with the unit failing periodically?

It's happened to mine twice. First time it was in the back of the Hilux on a trip out to Cobar. On the last day of the trip I noticed that them temp was sitting on 15C when it was supposed to be around 3C. As a result it was taken back to the dealer in Sydney who apparently ran a data logger in it for 24 hours and found no problems.

After getting it back from the dealer, it was fine, but last night I noticed that on full freeze, it couldn't get below 13C. This is a problem as we are about to endeavour on a 4 week trek to Alice and back.

Has anyone else had similar problems and what was the fix?

Ando
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Reply By: Jimbo - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:00

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:00
Ando,

You're dreaming.

This is simply not possible.

The almighty Engel is foolproof, never breaks down. It's a miracle of modern science. You will not get a response on this forum as no-one here has ever experienced a problem with an Engel.

Sorry, couldn't help myself. See post 34682.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:08

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:08
heheh It was only a matter of time before someone started the Fridge vs Fridge debate.

Have you turned if off and let it sit for a while?

Could be a stuck or bung thermostat or if there is a solenoid involved in the system, this could be stuck.

Do you notice the compressor motor kicking in at all?
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:46

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:46
Jimbo ,people have the hide to call me nasty and insensitive ?? u u u u can of worms opener!!!! lol.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 09:12

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 09:12
Yep he's trying to catch a fish Alloy, no doubt about that. I took the bait but quickly spat it out..hahahah...lol...nice try Jim
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 09:32

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 09:32
about time he traded up eh jimbo
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Reply By: Ando79 - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:09

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:09
I forgot to add, that the problem is not with the thermometer, as i was using it as a freezer and consequently had to throw out the ice cream which had turned to slush.
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Follow Up By: Ando79 - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:11

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:11
Sam - yeah mate, what I did notice is that when its not working properly it is noisier than normal. When it works you can hardly hear it. Not sure what to do about it as taking it back to that mob in Taren Point is not really an option at this stage for obvious reasons. Left it off for 12 hours, turned it back on this morning, so will see if it changes it mind by this arvo. Fingers crossed.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:26

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 08:26
I wont say what I think of that mob at Taren Point.

There are a couple of service agents up near you. Have a look here.

Also try this mob.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 09:33

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 09:33
you What!...you threw the icecream out....thats akin to spilling your beer
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 09:27

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 09:27
Is the fridge venting properly? Recently a fella who came along on one of my trips had a brand new Engel play up the same way. He had his Prado packed with so much gear that the fridge had a problem breathing. So they turned the fridge around so that the vents faced the back door and it worked sweetly after that.

Just a thought.
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Follow Up By: Ando79 - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 08:33

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 08:33
Yep, its running on the kitchen bench on 240V power.
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Reply By: Crackles - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 09:57

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 09:57
The majority of fridge failures (any brand) are often associated with poor batteries or the wiring & not in the fridge themselves. Check the voltage drop between the battery & the fridge. Thin wiring, poor connections or over heated cigarette lighter plugs are all common faults that will cause symptoms like you describe. One key failure of Engels is the plug going into the fridge. When gear is packed around it, they have regually been known to break the wires inside & have an intermitant power supply. Wriggle the plug when it's running to see if this cuts it out. Willem's suggestion too is very commen with any brand of fridge when too much gear is packed around the unit not allowing enough ventilation. (makes a huge difference)
A couple of things there for you to test Ando.
Cheers Craig.............
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Follow Up By: Ando79 - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 08:35

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 08:35
Yep. Sorry I didn;t mention its inside on 240V and playing up. Was playing up in the car too. Maybe my dodgy home install of the redarc was a bad idea??? ;) Getting the local auto electrician to have a look at it next week.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 13:44

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 13:44
TROLL! TROLL! TROLL!

I'm not biting any more:-)
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Reply By: wheeleybin - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 19:08

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 19:08
Any portable fridge with insulation of less than 50MM will battle to hold extremely low freeze temperatures in high ambients as they are made to a general price not a specialty price and the ones that do go down will run 24/7 and will not cycle with efficiency.
Wheeleybin

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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 20:46

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 20:46
Good one ,

Maybe I am biting , but I have the same fridge and it worked its ass off going around OZ ,when left inside the vehicle in high ambient temps kept my food and ale frosty . IE outside >30C inside Patrol probably hotter = frosty beer !

If you have problems dealing with people just keep going up the food chain each time ,once you start dealing with the guys that make the particular product hopefully they will care .

Glenn.
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Reply By: DesC - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 20:54

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 20:54
CHECK THE WIRING CONNECTIONS, FUSE HOLDERS ETC.
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Reply By: meandet - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:33

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:33
Hi Ando

We have 40lt Engel and swear by it, yours is the first I have heard of with problems apart from wiring problems but this doesn't appear to be the case where yours is concerned. Stick with it but, we have done 4 big trips since 2001 (5th this year) and the only broken down fridges we have encountered are Waeco's, quite a few of them also. The power drain on 12 volts is the lowest in the business. We power ours through an Optima 2nd battery charged with 2 x 40 watt solar panels for long stays.

Cheers
MeandET
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