European AC Refrigeration
(formerly called ConServ)
Made by Vestfrost of
Vestfrost refrigerators (formerly known as ConServ) are still
available in the ever popular white model but are no longer
available with stainless steel
doors. The manufacturer has discontinued production of the
stainless steel units. Click
information on a stainless steel alternative model, made by
Summit Appliance. Click
here for information on Energy Star-listed euro-style
models, also produced by Summit, available in white and
refrigerators by Vestfrost offer energy-efficient,
CFC-free operation in a uniquely designed package. Each
unit is built with all recyclable parts by the largest
manufacturer of refrigerators and freezers in Scandinavia -- ISO-certified Vestfrost.
The Vestfrost, designed by internationally acclaimed
Bang & Olufsen artist David Lewis, is a beautiful addition
to any kitchen. The fresh food section is located at
"waist-to-eye" level, with the freezer compartment on
the bottom. The condenser and cooling tubes are built into
the walls of the unit, with the back sealed to keep dust out of
the working parts, and the unit can sit flush against a wall as
there are no exposed coils. This "sealed"
design allows for quiet and ultra-efficient operation. The
freezer has three drawers along with an ice drawer making very
efficient use of the space in the unit.
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Built-in condenser for lower energy consumption
2) CFC-free refrigerant and foam
3) Separate compressor for fridge and
4) Left OR right hand door opening
(easy to change with no special tools or
5) Attractive European styling
6) 1 year warranty
1) Net Capacity (refrigerator):
7.1 cu. ft.
2) Net Capacity (freezer): 3.4 cu.
3) Height: 79.2"
4) Width: 23.6"
5) Depth (excluding handle):
6) Freezing capacity (24 hours):
7) Compressor (refrigerator): surge 14.5A;
8) Compressor (freezer): surge, 16A,
9) Power Consumption (24 hours): at
90°F -- 1.5 Kwh* (~547Kwh annually)
10) Standard Voltage: 120V, 60 HZ
11) Cord Length: 6'4"
12) Freezer defrosts manually.
*In its heyday,
the Vestfrost was among the most efficient
refrigerators on the market. However, the Vestfrost
is considered by the manufacturer to be a
"commercial" unit and as such is not eligible for
listing as a U.S. DOE Energy Star product. The
energy rating of 1.5KWH per day is a worst-case
scenario; the Vestfrost generally uses around 1 kwh
per day, depending on ambient temperature. Because
of it sleek design and small footprint, it is still
very desirable for those with limited kitchen space.
PRICE: Model CP 171W (White):
These are not
stocked locally and are shipped from our supplier back
east. Please call us for a freight quote.
number 375 is the Vestfrost manufacturer's number for
these models; our supplier uses the model number
Parts for your later model ConServ/Vestfrost are
from Summit Appliance, email@example.com or call
them at 800-932-4267 (ext. 591 is their parts department
and reference part no. CP-171).
KWH per year (kilowatt hours per year) usage of the
Vestfrost refrigerator is about 1.5kwh per day (at
an ambient temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit) or
around 548 per
annum. Some EPA ratings may be misleading--as the
numbers depend on ambient temps--and the dollars needed
for operation, per year, depend on what you're paying per
kilowatt hour. Some folks in the USA pay as little
as three cents per KWH -- and some pay as much as
of European Union Ecolabel
The Vestfrost Group was the first company
worldwide to obtain the Community Ecolabel.
A clean environment and A/S Vestfrost - two sides to the
same issue. Vestfrost is the first in the industry
to document compliance with all EU energy and
environmental criteria. EU's green flower label symbolizes
that products do not deplete the ozone layer, nor add to
the greenhouse effect. In 1992 the Commission of the
European Communities introduced a regulation for the
ecolabelling of refrigerators and freezers by groups,
which in 1994, moreover, was included in the EU-directive
concerning energy labeling. On October 3rd, 1996,
this led to the final resolution of the Commission in favor of criteria for the award of the Community Ecolabel,
European Union. The object is to promote design,
production, marketing and use of products which have a
reduced adverse effect on the environment during their
entire life cycle, and to give better information to the
consumers about the effect on the environment of the
products. Consumers have so far not been able to see
whether a refrigerator or freezer is environmentally
acceptable. The "flower" assures consumers
of the environmentally
acceptable choice. The EU eco-label criteria generally
require that no materials or gases are used that deplete
the ozone layer or add to global warming. Product
materials must be recycled as far as possible. Finally,
refrigerators and freezers must be energy efficient.
Note from Chris Daum, Owner of Oasis Montana:
live with the products we sell!
I’ve had a ConServ
refrigerator/freezer in my home now since 1996.
These units were the precursor of the current
being identical in specifications save that the
new style doors curve slightly outward, as
opposed to the straight doors of the old ConServ models.
The new door design is considered to be a more
"modern European styling" than the old
This unit is not a frost-free
unit (energy efficient units are rarely
frost-free), but I just recently defrosted it for
the second time after
over four years of use--so they do not accumulate
And, its "small
2' X 2' footprint" allows the unit to fit into a
small kitchen like mine.
Lastly, I run this most of the
year off of my 480 watt array, through a Trace
DR1524 inverter! I couldn’t touch a conventional
refrigerator with that small an array of solar
Can you tell I really like this
product? I’m proud to be selling a quality,
energy efficient ‘fridge like this!
(Note: We now have a
Radian GS8048 inverter and also run office
equipment off our system.)
ATTENTION owners of older-model Vestfrost models!!!
If you have
been looking for replacement handles, we have found a
website in Great Britain offering two types of handles that
may fit your older Vestfrost refrigerator. Go to
to see two available handles.
The plastic universal handle featured on the above website
did not earn very good reviews, but the metal handle appears
to fit the bill. Unfortunately, it isn't cheap,
selling for just under $45, not including shipping.
But for those of you who have looked high and low for
replacements, you know there aren't any available in the
U.S., and espares may
be the only place on the planet that carries Vestfrost
replacement handles. If anyone out there has found an
alternative, let us know!
The manufacturer (Vestfrost
of Denmark) recommends a minimum clearance of 1/2" around
the sides and back and 2 to 3" overhead, so the unit may
properly dissipate the heat it gives off. More clearance is,
of course, just fine.
How to Defrost A Vestfrost
Defrosting is a pretty simple procedure and
takes maybe 20-30 minutes. First, unplug the refrigerator.
Then put your frozen goods in a cooler. Next, put hot (but
not boiling) pans of water into the freezer. There's a
little flap in the front of the bottom of the freezer that
you can fold out so the melting ice will flow into a pan,
but I usually do that and put an old towel around the front
to catch any dripping water. After 15-20 minutes or so (30
at most if there's a lot of ice build-up) you can easily
remove the ice that's left, wipe it down and plug it in
again, returning your frozen goods to the freezer. It won't
hurt the 'fridge to be unplugged for a while (but it's
important that it remained unplugged for at least 20 minutes
or so; short times without power, like 5 minutes or so, can
be hard on the compressors according to the manufacturer).
By the way, the more full your freezer is, the more
efficient it operates--even if you are just storing ice in
Keep it Full!
Never run any refrigerator or freezer
from any manufacturer when it is empty. You should
always have something inside each compartment (at least
a few jugs of water or something like that). Air alone does
not retain enough cooling for the thermostat to properly
sense the temperature; your compressor will end up running
much more that necessary. Also, your freezer will operate
more efficiently if full; if you are the sort who doesn't
have many goods in your freezer, add sacks of ice to keep it
full. It will cycle less and use less electricity. And, if
there is an extended power outage, you will be the toast of
your neighbors as you will have ice to spare.
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