Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-12-2016, 01:55 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
jbhodj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 104
Update. So I did some more digging into this checking voltages and amps in several areas and found the small 5a 250v bus fuse was blown on the control panel. Not sure why this blew but replaced it after checking I have correct volts across that fuse which was fine. Checked the element and talking with a tech it sounds like my element may have an issue. Suggested that I start the fridge on propane to cool first then switch over to electric and see what transpires then. If it fails we have a deeper issue which is the way I'm leaning now and will take it into dealer.


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________

__________________
jbhodj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2016, 02:07 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
MartiB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Wheeling, IL
Posts: 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbhodj View Post
My Dometic has 2 switches, on off and auto/gas button. When hooked to shore power and on auto and gas turned off you can hear it trying to light the heater and then check light comes on. Turn on propane and purge, the turn off and back on the fridge lights burner although it's set to auto which I thought would not use any propane to run. Is this normal for the burner to light when running on electric? It will run with propane switch selected just fine with gas in but won't run in auto with gas off

Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
Not sure if this is the same issue but most times when I turn the fridge on, the Auto light comes on and I think all is well. A few minutes later, the Check light comes on. If I turn the fridge off and then back on again- all is working fine.
__________________

__________________
MartiB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2016, 02:17 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
dieselguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Kansas
Posts: 728
mjbuckely ... assuming you're not hooked to shore power ... if you have had the propane off for a few days or have refilled the bottle ... it's best to turn on a burner valve to your stove top and light it just for a few seconds. This purges the gas line of air quicker than your fridge can do it. Your fridge won't time out trying to light off on propane triggering the check light.
__________________
dieselguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2016, 02:58 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
jbhodj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 104
Quote:
Originally Posted by dieselguy View Post
mjbuckely ... assuming you're not hooked to shore power ... if you have had the propane off for a few days or have refilled the bottle ... it's best to turn on a burner valve to your stove top and light it just for a few seconds. This purges the gas line of air quicker than your fridge can do it. Your fridge won't time out trying to light off on propane triggering the check light.

Hooked up to shore power and have purged. Issue is Not running on shore power, runs on propane fine


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________
jbhodj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2016, 02:59 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
jbhodj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 104
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjbuckely View Post
Not sure if this is the same issue but most times when I turn the fridge on, the Auto light comes on and I think all is well. A few minutes later, the Check light comes on. If I turn the fridge off and then back on again- all is working fine.

Have tried this too and didn't help but thanks for advice


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________
jbhodj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2016, 04:01 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
MartiB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Wheeling, IL
Posts: 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by dieselguy View Post
mjbuckely ... assuming you're not hooked to shore power ... if you have had the propane off for a few days or have refilled the bottle ... it's best to turn on a burner valve to your stove top and light it just for a few seconds. This purges the gas line of air quicker than your fridge can do it. Your fridge won't time out trying to light off on propane triggering the check light.
I usually do light the stove first. Has happened both on propane and on shore power. Will watch more carefully to see if it happens again. Thanks.
__________________
MartiB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2016, 04:09 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 398
If your fridge is like my Dometic 2-way, the AC circuit should be drawing around 2.5A when cooling. A 5A fuse should never blow. The electric heating element draws the most power when it's cool (ie first starting to heat) which means that you should be able to check the heating element with a good ohmmeter.

Disconnect the electric heater wires from the control board and measure the resistance between them. You should measure somewhere around 48 ohms. If you measure 25 ohms or less, you'll definitely blow the 5A fuse and even at 30 ohms, you'll be pushing the fuse's capacity. Harbor Freight has digital VOM meters with AC clamp-on capabilities for around $25.

Phil
__________________
pmsherman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2016, 04:18 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
jbhodj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 104
Quote:
Originally Posted by pmsherman View Post
If your fridge is like my Dometic 2-way, the AC circuit should be drawing around 2.5A when cooling. A 5A fuse should never blow. The electric heating element draws the most power when it's cool (ie first starting to heat) which means that you should be able to check the heating element with a good ohmmeter.

Disconnect the electric heater wires from the control board and measure the resistance between them. You should measure somewhere around 48 ohms. If you measure 25 ohms or less, you'll definitely blow the 5A fuse and even at 30 ohms, you'll be pushing the fuse's capacity. Harbor Freight has digital VOM meters with AC clamp-on capabilities for around $25.

Phil

I have a good ohm meter and will do exactly what your suggesting and update soon


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________
jbhodj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2016, 10:41 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
DouglasReid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 235
If it turns out that your electric element is shorted out it is a relatively simple job to replace it if you are even mildly mechanical.

You need to disconnect the refrigerator, in the back, remove the mounting screws in the front and back and slide it into the living area to access the heating element. (there are several u-tube videos showing what I am describing)
The heating element has two wires and simply slips into a tube on the rear of the cooling unit. Hook the new wires where the old ones were connected and you are done.
Save you MANY dollars at the RV dealer and can be done in a couple hours rather than waiting days or weeks to get yoru RV back.
__________________
Maurice, LA

2012 Wildcat Sterling 32RL
2008 Chevy Silverado 2500HD LT Diesel
TST TPMS system w/ Flow-thru sensors
2001 Cougar 281 EFS (sold)
DouglasReid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2016, 10:47 PM   #20
Site Team
 
dcheatwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,209
Mine did this recently and I found a blown fuse behind a cover in the outside, lower access. It was a vertical glass fuse.
__________________

__________________
2013 Rockwood 8282WS
Reese Revolution Pin, Reese 16K
2008 Tundra Limited Double Cab 5.7L
Air Lift 5000 w/Wireless Air

dcheatwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dometic, electric, fridge, gas, select

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:53 AM.