The Refrigeration Zone
After several curdled milks and some iffy dinners (Me: “you sure that’s still good?” Stephane: “I can eat it first. If it’s bad, we’ll know within ten minutes or so.”), we decided to pull out the Tropikool refrigeration cooling system and get a different/new one.
Before installing our new refrigeration unit, we decided we needed to decrease the space in the refrigerator so that the cooling would be more effective. We made this decision because Stephane took some measurements and did some crazy math to determine the cubic square footage of our fridge. Which was too much.
To decrease the square footage of the fridge, we bought some styrofoam (Stephane says it’s “styro-propelene”, which apparently is fancier than styrofoam). We measured and cut out different-sized/shaped styro panels and fit them into the different sections of the fridge to help insulate and to take up more space.
Once we got the refrigerator prepped, Stephane installed the compressor (in the bilge) and the evaporator (in the fridge). The compressor and the evaporator are the things that make the refrigerator cold. We flipped the refrigerator circuit breaker and waited…a few minutes later…