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Old 05-09-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
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Checking out DM2862 Fridge

I bought a used DM2862 and it doesn't even try to get cold. I checked the heating element and the thermistor, and they are within spec. With 12VDC and 120VAC connected, and the fridge OFF, I get 12V across the orange and red in P1. I get NO voltage between J1 and J10 or J4 and J10. I do get voltage between the red and orange on the upper board, with power ON.
These tests were done with the thermistor disconnected.
The board number is 50-965201-D, which crosses to a Dinosaur 3850712.01.
The Diagnostic Service Manual doesn't say what these results mean.
Do I need a new lower board?
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Joe in Colorado
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:23 PM   #2
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How long did you wait for it to get cold???

Will it work on propane??
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:52 PM   #3
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It is not in the RV, so I have not connected to propane. I waited two days for it to get cold.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:05 PM   #4
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Well I would hook it to propane - This way you will know if it works or not.

The propane heat is simple and supplies faster cooling than the electric unit.

It is possible the frig is toast - but you won't know until you get enough heat for it to try and work. The whole principal is simple - heat the ammonia and the frig works.

Essentially you are trying to bypass the circuit board to see if the basic frig even works.
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:46 AM   #5
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It is not in the RV, so I have not connected to propane. I waited two days for it to get cold.
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Is it hooked up to 12 volts? Just plugging it in only works the heating element and does not produce the required 12 volts DC to run the control panel.

Connect a battery to the DC inputs and then plug it in.
Press "AUTO"
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:16 AM   #6
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Yes, 12V Is Connected.
I'm Going To Try To Connect A Bbq Grill Hose To It.
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:06 PM   #7
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OK, next you need to check the 120 VAC fuse.

You should also look for a yellowish stain anywhere around the coils, especially in the lower right side (the boiler).

If there is a leak here you will need a new coil set.
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This may also help



If it turns out you need a coil replacement, here is one place.
I have not done business with them.

http://www.rvcoolingunit.net/servlet/StoreFront
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Thanks. The fuses were checked out first, and are ok.
The heating element has continuity.
I did all the tests mentioned in the Diagnostic Service Manual.
There is no evidence of past leakage on the back. In fact, the fridge is only 4 years old, and looks new all over.
It has been cold and snowy here, and I've not gotten to pulling a hose from a grill so as to check out the propane system.
An answer to my original question about lack of voltage between J1/J4 and J10 would be appreciated.
When I set the fridge on Auto, the gas part does click.
Thanks for the help.
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Cold and Snowy? Is the fridge outside?

Is is possible the outside air temp is below the thermistor setting?

Push comes to shove, a control board may be your next move (or call Dometic Tech Support for a suggestion).

Replacement boards for Dometic

Contact - Dometic
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