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Fulvio

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water in the reefer
« on: June 25, 2001, 12:16:35 PM »

Over the last several months, I was annoyed by a continuous buildup of water on the bottom of the reefer.  At first I attributed it to condensation.  I live aboard, so it's always on, but recently I had to take the battery charger to the manufacturer, so I emptied the reefer and turned it off.  That's when I realized that the water was coming from the galley drain (and thus I also figured out why the water was so murky :().  Sure enough, I took the backflow valve out, tested it, and it wasn't blocking backflow anymore.  I bought a new one, and I'll install it today.
 But now my question is:  shouldn't the foot pump be blocking backflow, too?  (Of course, the valve is there for a reason, and if it's broken, that certainly doesn't help.)
 
 BTW, the Shurflo valve I had does not seem to be available anymore (part #140), so I got part #340 instead, which looks completely different, but should do the job.
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Ken Juul

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Back Flow Valve
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2001, 06:40:59 AM »

I had the same problem.  Talking with the parts guy, he thought a new valve might last 3-4 years.  I don't remember the price he quoted me, but I thought it was way out of line.  Found one at Lowes in the well department that fit right in.  It was under $10 for the valve and hose nipples.  Sure makes a difference in the bottom of the refer.  :)
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Reefer shut off valve
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2001, 10:26:49 AM »

Fulvio
 
 If you haven't already, I suggest you check out the Projects section on the website, Ice Box & Galley Drain.  I contributed a shutoff valve article that addresses your question.  It's only one of a number of ways to do this but it works for us.
 
 Stu
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