Air Cooled or Water Cooled?
Some people would like to have their boat’s refrigeration run both air and water cooled, feeling that two methods of heat exchange is better than one. Well, yes and no.
If your refrigeration system needs both to get your box down to set point, then yes, you need to use both, or get a new system.
However, if your system works fine using either one method or the other, then no, you don’t need both to run at the same time, but you still may want both methods available on board your boat.
If you want the flexibility of choosing which heat exchange method to use, then yes, having both in a single unit is good. But why would you want that choice and when would you choose one over the other?
Marine Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Monitoring, and Solar Solutions
Are you a boat owner, or soon-to-be boat owner, with questions about your vessel's systems? Let us help you find those answers. For example:
- How many amp/hours are your solar panels putting into your battery bank? Philippi's PSM System Monitor will tell you.
- Water-cooled vs air-cooled refrigeration, see "Which Condensing unit should I use" in Refrigeration > Planning.
- Planning for solar panels on our boat? See "Marine Solar Panels Planning and Installation Guide in Solar > Planning.
- Air-conditioning on your boat, while on the hook and no generator running? (Yes you can!)
- Need a refrigerator or freezer cabinet for a small space? See our catalog - Vitrifrigo has many sizes to choose from
If you don't see the answer to your questions in our website, blog, facebook, or twitter posts, then contact us directly. We are here for you.