Cfx40 Poor Quality Electronics that fail and Dometic unhelpful
The main PBC board failed causing it to go from +2 to -22 without warning and freeze and explode the contents. Dometic wanted $66.00 to access the fault and another $221.00 to replace the PBC board. The fridge is just 4 years old and only been used a total of 10 weeks since new. Dometic customer phone support when asked the live span of CFX40 said at least 5 years trouble free service, but Dometic Service wont honour warranty for a known part failure and dont return phone calls to service department and service division needs a major shake up cleaning out the deadwood. I have a ENGEL 40lt running 24/7 since new and no problems In 19 years operation.
Giving a one star rating is to high.
When it operated it was good, started playing up the fist day I used it, took it back to the shop where I purchased it and they exchanged it. This one lasted three days, had nothing nothing but trouble with it, it was in the repairers multiple times for extended periods, the last time it failed the repairer said the compressor needed replacing, but the fridge was a few days out of warranty.
I contacted Waeco and explained the situation and of how little use I have had of the fridge because of all the breakdowns and the amount of time it was wit...
h the repairers (which Waeco were well aware of) Although it was only a few days out of warranty they refused to help. I rang the repairer and told them they could keep it! The worst thing I have ever bought and with all the lnconvenience it caused, a terrible experience.
Be careful they do not last
We purchased a new CFX40 a few years ago was working great when new but ironically shortly after the warranty period we have had nothing but trouble trying to keep it running either on 240v or 12v. Tried different batteries, leads etc but it is just one electrical problem after another. After speaking to the repairer I'm not alone with this. Now it's going back for another repair as something has shorted out inside and is tripping power off whether connected to 12v or 240v.
This fridge was lucky to be used a couple of times a month and was alw...ays kept in an insulated cover safely inside the back of a 4wd wagon. As it was to spend most of its time inside the back of a 4wd out of the elements I thought I would go for the cheaper plastic Waeco over the more expensive Engel. That is where I went wrong. We have friends with 2 Engels that get thrashed around and have never had an issue with them, one is over 30yr old. This Waeco wont make 4yrs. Hopefully my new 40l Engel will be more reliable.
Had it for my 25 day road trip working off my dual battery system on the car and worked perfectly, kept the beer cool and the food fresh. Fits fine on the back of the Patrol and managed to take the banging of some off road bumps like a champ. Also never managed to fully drain the battery so battery draw is as low as prommissed.
It does a very good job!
I have tried the cheaper coolers, and the traditional ice-filled esky - and the price of these Waeco's made me wince. You can buy a lot of bagged ice for $800 odd dollars. Anyway, Anaconda were having a bit of a sale and I bought the Waeco CFX-35 - slightly smaller than the CFX-40 and my reason for going for that one is that it was easier to open the lid while in-situ in the back of the 4WD. I used the fridge during a 3 week trip up the east coast to Cairns and back and it never missed a beat - I didnt have the cover for it,...but used the Waeco CoolPower RAPS 44AH Battery Pack to power it when camping . The combination of the two meant my fridge was never without power. OK its expensive compared to bagged ice, but you are paying for the convenience and its quiet ( almost silent ) when it's running. I played with the iphone app to check the temp remotely - nice gimmick but not necessary, although I did use the USB port to charge the phone a couple of times. the front panel/ display and the handles that double as mounting points are all good. All in all i am a satisfied customer. A solid product.
Not sure yet
OK so I have used this once, on the mains power overnight when I first got it, worked fine, 3 months down the track went to use it again on mains power and nothing no power, however powers up via 12volt not sure if it cooled but. It did not even work on emergency mode via mains. So I'm thinking the 240v supply circuit is stuffed. After one use!! Does not fill me with confidence. And no its not the fuse or cord.
Seen nothing but issues with the old CF waecos and was turned off. I tried to purchase every other brand but as my ute tray was low I was stuck with the CFX40. I decided to give it a crack and got it for 899 at tent world. Been a great fridge no issues yet (3mnths) and is left on 24/7 on my ute dual battery. Had it running at 0deg in 55 deg temp in the back of my ute for the week and didnt fault. Not that thirsty on amps either. Impressed so far.
Cape York Trip essential equipment, a fridge, researched, bought CFX 40 against advice from friends
Installed into UTE June 2015 with a big 2nd battery just before heading for Cape York. Used to cool food and beer.
The CFX performs as a fridge extremely well, you know, it keeps things at the temperature set, even when its 35 degrees outside. My concern was - can it handle the corrugations and still perform its fridge like duties?
"Corrugation is the occurrence of periodic, transverse ripples in the surface of gravel and dirt roads, and there are lots of gravel road up to the tip"
We really tested that CFX, fixed on a fridge slider, i...t bounced around in the back of the UTE, the corrugations were very extreme and the gravel roads caused red dust to find its way into most parts of the car, it caked around the CFX ventilation grids, but it still did the job. Other gear failed, like roof racks and trailer welds but the CFX provided a beer at 2 degrees every time! I left the CFX in the back of the UTE and now, 18 months later it's still performing as a fridge very well. If a fridge can withstand those corrugations and still perform then it's gotta be worth of 5 stars!
Great addition to the camp gear
Family of four, first time using the fridge - 3 compartments - 2 in cage and one shallower fit everday access like butter. I took the basket at the local IGA because I was worried about space - for one basket of fresh food it's great. It cooled down quickly to the 4 degrees we set it at. Ours has the jacket on. Shop around for deals - it's an expensive piece of kit but will make life easier than ice runs and soggy cheese. We have it on a stand hooked up to a powered site. Anaconda will price match on individual items and beat by 10% - well worth looking into.
Best piece of camping equipment I ever purchased.
Bought the fridge a little over 2 years ago after getting an offer I couldn't refuse. There's just 2 of us so I didn't need anything bigger and I preferred the lid opening length ways instead of sideways. It lives in the canopy of my 4x4 ute and although it's not turned on all the time, it always works reliably and only takes 30 minutes or so to reach 4deg. I've camped numerous times and had it up to Cape York and back and it's never let me down. I had a 5yr old 75ah battery and it ran it for 48hrs with very light use. The new 100ah battery wil...l run it parked up for 36hrs without needing a charge. In saying this, we don't have kids in and out of it all day but the two of us do enjoy a refreshment or two. I only run a 2m light strip so there's not much other demand on the battery. Update. At a little over 2 and a half years living in the canopy of my 4wd it's still going strong. The only thing is the LCD readout has lost a couple of lines. You can still tell what the reading is though.
Questions & Answers
Part of the number display has not been working for some time, its not a problem if you can work out what its ment to show, just now when its ment to be on 4 or even 10 deg its frezzing everything both on 240v and 12v
The display is only showing part of the number but the fridge was still operating ok until today then it stopped. Now it is going again. what is the most likely problem.
I have a Waeco CFX 40.
If the power is dropped off, 12 or 240 volt, it defaults to - 22 degrees when it is repowered. The thermostat works fine once it is reprogrammed back to the correct setting. My question is, do they have a small internal memory battery for remembering the most recent thermostat setting.
I would appreciate some constructive, knowledgeable assistance.
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