Fridge Vent Fans Recommendations

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  1. Allanm

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    I read about these on an earlier thread and bought a twin fan kit with control panel. Fitted it and it worked fine...... for a week.
    Now, when the fans start, there is a high pitched squealing noise and the fans can be heard inside the van, quite loudly. I have emailed and phoned the supplier but as of today, I have been ignored by them.
    So, we are due to go to France next week for 6 weeks or so, and I would like to replace these fans with some nice quiet ones while I try and get a refund.
    So, the reason for the post, any recommendations?
     
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    Thanks Andy, thats the one I have, its awful, I can hear the startup squeal from 50 feet away. I know its faulty but can't get a response from the retailer.
     
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    Are the blades touching the frame, do they turn freely with power removed?
     
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    If you find the fans themselves are faulty (and your supplier doesn't help) take a look at computer fans on eBay. You'll find plenty of choice.
     
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    indeed.. and from only a couple of quid a piece ..
     
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    Yes, the blades move freely, and it does its job of keeping the fridge cool, very well. Its just the noise.
    I actually managed to get hold of the company now and they are asking me to send the unit back, might be a bit tight getting a replacement back to me by next week though.
     
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    I have the same as Andy been fitted for 2 years now and works great - cannot hear it until we are in bed and even then I have to listen hard. I check fans now and then for dirt, but other then that let do it's thing.
     
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    I have used brushless computer fans and you cannot hear them at all. I have used 2 systems for operation, both successful. System 1, the fans wired directly to there own small solar panel on the roof without connection to batteries. This worked well on an American RV with the big fridge freezer. System 2, with a controller bought from Maplins, this was wired to the leisure batteries and worked equally well.. Make sure the fans are positioned at the top grill and pulling air out, as opposed to pushing air up.
     
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    I've done the cheap pooter fans before but I prefer the thermostatic speed control and prepared to pay the price.
     
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    I am with Mr Techno100 here.

    My mate bought a couple of cheap fans and a thermostat control item, an on/off switch and some wire, because a bloke in a nearby van said it was the way to go...

    He got another mate to solder the things together as he didn't have a clue how to, and then he attempted to fit the bodge up into his fridge. It didn't work and the lot went into the nearby bin accompanied with a few words.

    He (and I) popped along to Camper Serve the next day (just off the N125) and he bought the pucker kit, off the shelf for €60.

    It came with all the brackets, wires, a neat panel with the switch and thermostat controller. He fitted it himself in less than an hour and it looked so neat and tidy you would have thought Terry himself had fitted it.

    It has worked perfectly ever since.

    All this bodging and ebay dealing and following advice from the next door van man is all well and good and might well save you a few pence but sometimes it's best just to spend a tad more and get it right.

    After all, if you are a Freeloader, you have the cash you didn't spend on sites fees loose in your pockets... right?

    JJ :cool:
     
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    @Allanm
    Try adjusting the temperature set point. It seems that if the actual temperature is on the cusp of the set point it will create a high pitch frequency (the controller not the fans) moving the set point may help.
    If it still squeals in the manual position then ignore the above.
     
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    that's my way.. (y)

    and all for under a tenner.. done this on several motorhomes and caravans and no problems..

    not everyone has money to burn .. ;)
     
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    Ive has the standard computer fans fitted for around 3 years, never had an issue.
     
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    Been using computer type fans on caravans & motorhomes for over 20 years without any problems.
     
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    nearly took off :LOL:
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    Excuse my ignorance but why do you need a fridge vent fan, and if needed why are they not fitted as standard equipment?
     
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