A swarm of work (trawlerfans)
South Pacific Familyadventure 2008
Sun 1 Dec 2019 09:25
As already mentioned our recently installed Eberspächer D5 unit broke down signalling faultcode 54 (fuelsupply) and 14 (overheating). It took almost 2 weeks for the experts (Braekken Electrics serving the Ebers and Webastos of the whole fishingfleet up here) to have it back in place working. Replacing fuelfilters,fuelpump and total cleaning of unit twice made it servicable again,but except for a forgotten net inside the unit no obvious fault was ever found. Warranty discussion is ongoing.
Meanwhile the freshwater pump broke. Having a central role in the whole domestic watersystem (including toilets) I was glad to find a refurbished spare. The sparepump had no working pressure switch but foreseeing this Randal already plumbed in a spare switch. Spare pump was installed working well until a new pump was brought by Felix and plumbed in.
In the meantime the refrigerator stopped working. Finding no power to the compressor I finally found the fault in the inline fuse on the power supply. Fuse was ok, but contacts oxidized giving bad contact. After cleaning (grinding) and WD-40 it´s up working again,but the inlinefuses (mentioned several times before) really do create loads of problems.
Just some days after the Eberspächer was up working again the American Cruisair reversed heating system signalled low suction pressure and faultsearch revealed a seized pumpmotor.
Again a refurbished spare was found in Dora Mac´s wast sparepart storage (thank you Randal !) and plumbed in. Bleeding it from air is an issue but once bled properly it´s up working again.
The majority of electric motors and pumps have now been replaced onboard Dora Mac during my ownership and it´s obvious that they have a certain lifespan. Subsequently it´s mandatory to service/refurbish failing pumps/motors to have a good stock of spares.