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Last update: 30 Jun 2022

Refrigeration – Repairs

Marine Refrigeration Mike Campbell

2022-04-26 05:34:36 UTC

Island: Tahiti

Mike Campbell
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning - Installation - Maintenance - Repair
689 8964 3260

Located in Taina on a mooring opposite the super yacht key on board Alila, an Irwin 54

This is the first fridge business that we know that solely specializes in Yachts.  

We have heard of multiple folks with excellent experience using Mike

1-22 SV Hedonsim Mike Campbell, our friend and also the “go to” refrigeration guy came by to finish installing our new Danfoss BD50 compressor today. Mike needed to use his big 230 VAC vacuum pump to purge the system so the best way was just to “raft” with us for a few hours. It is very rare for a BD50 to fail but ours did after 16+ years. Mike actually had a new BD50 “in stock” on his boat!! Our new install also includes an air condenser in series with our Keel Cooler so should be pretty efficient and we will be able to run the fridge while “on the hard”. Thanks Mike!

12-21 SV Cyrolia- Mike Campbell just installed a new Vitrifrigo freezer unit on my sailboat. Super happy with Mike, the quality of his service and work, and his British sense of humor!

And Mike: if you see this… my four tubs of ice cream are rock solid frozen!

7-21 Jacaranda - We returned to the boat in Mo'orea after an absence of two years and the fridge did not start. After conducting some tests at Mikes suggestion I contacted Mike with the results of these tests and Mike gave me a 95% probable rate that it was the controller. I replaced the controller and fridge is working now. Mike is a good guy!

7-21 SV Lilikoi Introduction: We bought our FP Lipar1 41 in Marina Taina in March 2020, then locked-down in Hawaii until this week. Finally got to our boat and the fridge didn’t work. Looked for info on your guide and found Mike Campbell under Refrigeration repair.

Mike dinghies over the day after I asked him for help by email. He assessed the situation, went back to his boat for tools and materials, returned 2 hours later, trouble-shooted it to isolate the controller as the issue, replaced the controller and we have a cold fridge again.
Mike is prompt, courteous and professional, as well as a fun-loving guy with a great sense of humor. Highly recommend Mike in the Marina Taina area, and thank you for providing and maintaining your guide for cruisers.

1-21 SV Barracuda Mike came round shortly after we contacted him. He was quick to spot the problem (a change in our power management) and give advice. Definitely knows his stuff and is friendly, responsive and helpful.

11-2020 SV SV Mat-Lau III   Mike has repaired and serviced our fridges twice now, latest Oct 2020. He knows what he’s doing, and will also tell you if he’s unsure if a particular fix will work, unless tried (in our case we took the chance - it worked). He has replaced copper tubing, bled and re - adjusted pressures, and also given us instruction on testing ourselves, if any future issues may arise. He always returns within a day or so, to ensure things are still working ok. Our fridges are now running perfectly.
He does answer calls or emails, and will come within a time span he has indicated.
Also has a good sense of humor.

8-2020 SV Sugar Shack We thought we had a slow leak in our fridge. Mike came by to do an initial assessment and scheduled to come back with his tools and Freon. He walked Matt through testing different things to diagnose future issues, filled her up with Freon and gave us many laughs and giggles along the way. Even though he came for two visits and stayed a little more than an hour he only charged us for one hour. He is very professional, kind, and courteous.