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CU-100 Air-Cooled ColdMachine Compressor


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Model # 11861085 | Mfg # 755400000
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Top-of-the-line systems designed for complete reliability, even in the toughest tropical weather conditions, updated with a quick fit system for easy do-it-yourself hookup and removal without the assistance and expense of a refrigeration tech. Since pioneering marine 12V refrigeration systems more than 25 years ago, Adler/Barbour has continued to use the latest available technology to make these systems the most reliable of their kind. Both the Air-Cooled CU-100 (this page) and Air/Water-Cooled CU-200 use the high-performance Danfoss BD50F compressor, with up to 25% better cooling performance than the BD35F in the same size footprint!

How to Create a ColdMachine or Super ColdMachine System
Now you can custom configure a refrigeration system to your boat, taking into account available ice box space and the conditions in which you’ll use your boat. First, select the compressor/condensing unit that matches your performance requirements: the Air-Cooled CU-100 is excellent for temperate climates, while the Air/Water-Cooled CU-200 is the one to choose if you’re headed for the tropics.

Then, select an evaporator style that matches your box best (see below). Evaporators include all parts necessary to create a complete system, including the thermostat, mounting hardware, ice cube trays and owner’s manual. For installation flexibility, compressors may be installed up to 15' from the evaporator plate. Dimensions are listed for each component. Note: The CU-100 and CU-200 Cold Machines cannot be used with evaporators manufactured prior to January 2001. A Retrofit Adapter Kit is sold separately (Model 11930815). One-year warranty.

CU-100 Air-Cooled ColdMachine Compressor
Air-cooled Danfoss BD50F high-efficiency compressor for temperate climates. Extremely quiet running, this compressor is shrouded for maximum fan-forced cooling efficiency and features long-lasting, stainless steel construction. Quick-connect couplings, built-in troubleshooting diagnostics and modular phone jack thermostat/electronics connections make installation easy.

Evaporators compatible with the ColdMachine and Super ColdMachine Compressors:

  • VD-150 Small Vertical Evaporator, Dimensions: 11"H x 10-1/2"W x 6"D (Model 11861093)
  • VD-151 Small Horizontal Evaporator, Dimensions: 7"H x 10-3/4"W x 11-1/4"D (Model 11861135)
  • VD-152 Large Vertical Evaporator, Dimensions: 15"H x 12"W x 6"D (Model 11861119)
  • VD-153 Large Horizontal Evaporator, Dimensions: 7-1/2"H x 15-1/2"W x 12"D (Model 11861143)
  • VD-160 Evaporator Plate, Dimensions: 11-1/4"H x 19"W x 1-1/2"D (Model 11861127)

CU-100 Air-Cooled ColdMachine Compressor

Amperage 4.5-5.5 Amps at 12 Volts DC
Best Use Temperate Climates
Capacity Up to 15 Cubic Feet Refrigeration
Condenser Cooling Air
Dimensions 10" Width x 7 1/2" Height x 11/1/8" Depth
Family ColdMachine
Plumbing Connections Quick-Connect Couplings
Refrigeration Component Compressor
Warranty Details One Year

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Waeco Adler Barbour CU-100 Air-Cooled ColdMachine Compressor

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Nice unit but beware

By Poorsailor

from Melbourne, FL


  • Quite
  • Works Great


  • Poor Support From Dometic

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    Comments about Waeco Adler Barbour CU-100 Air-Cooled ColdMachine Compressor:

    Works great once you get it set up. Mine came with a leak from the factory and West Marine had to get involved to get Dometic to repair it.

    If you have a problem you can't just take it back to the store. The owners manual states "The refrigerant in this system must first be extracted by a qualified technician using approved recovery equipment before the couplings can be loosened or disconnected." (Page 31 of owners manual). It took months for West Marine to get Dometic to send out a repair tech and limited to repair bill to $800.00. Of course the bill was higher than that but West Marine got Dometic to pay for the full repair.

    The unit worked for 2 years and now the compressor is frozen and I have to buy a new unit.

    Beware. I have to say West Marine stood behind what they sold even if the manufacturer didn't want to! Thanks to the Melbourne West Marine on US1.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    works perfect even in tropical climate

    By jonspeed

    from Port Aransas Texas


    • Easily Installed
    • Freezer Temp To -10f


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        Comments about Waeco Adler Barbour CU-100 Air-Cooled ColdMachine Compressor:

        I installed this with the large vertical evaporator in an 8.5 cu/ft drop in box on my sailboat. insulation is 3 to 6 inch. I live in south Texas which is near tropical and the unit works flawlessly. i have had to turn the t/stat down to about half. i may install the holding plates in the future

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


        Works flawlessly,

        By Simplicity

        from Ft. Myers Beach, FL

        Verified Buyer


        • Easy To Install
        • Holds temperature well
        • Quiet


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          • Sailboat refrigeration

          Comments about Waeco Adler Barbour CU-100 Air-Cooled ColdMachine Compressor:

          Easy to install with just a few normal tools. Clear instructions. Replaced a 15 year old unit. Holds the temperature very well.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Fast delivery, came right to my boat.

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