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Old 09-10-2010, 12:04 PM   #1
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Freezer is cold, fridge is doing nothing.

My Dometic 2652 seems to be acting up. This is a new problem as it worked fine on the previous trip 3 weeks ago.

After being on 12 hours, the freezer is quite cold, 34 degrees F and falling. However the refrigerator is doing nothing. The fins in the back feel about room temperature and it is 63 degrees F inside the refrigerator. The outdoor temperature is in the 70s today.

Here is what I have tried:
- Camper is level
- Both 120V and Propane mode
- Installed internal cooling fans. (Neat invention by the way)
- Checked the fuses on the control board: good.
- One recent thread mentioned a damper between The fridge and freezer. I have looked and I see nothing like that on my model.
- I have tried it with the temp sensor clipped on and off of the fins.
- I just placed a 1 gallon jug of ice in the fridge, so I haven't seen what that will do for the problem

My next step will be to call for service, but I hit the road in about 6 hours, so I don't suspect I will get much help from a service tech until we return next week.

Does anyone on this forum have any other ideas that we can try?
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:11 PM   #2
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We were having problems with ours just before a long trip in May. Ended up using coolers and ice for the trip. When we took it in to the Domettic service center they did some tests and replaced a Thermister on the back side. I can't tell you if this is the issue but you might make a call and ask how much for one. If not too much it may be worth it to swap a new one in just to see.

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Old 09-10-2010, 12:15 PM   #3
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Not sure if this wil help but on our frig there is an on/off switch. When you open the door to the frig look at the top kind of under the freezer door. This may have been shut off by accident. Good luck.
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:20 PM   #4
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After being on 12 hours, the freezer is quite cold, 34 degrees F and falling. However the refrigerator is doing nothing. The fins in the back feel about room temperature and it is 63 degrees F inside the refrigerator.
It can take 24 hours for the frig to cool properly, so it's possible that you haven't let it run long enough. Openning and closing the door to check on it will make it take longer as well.

Hope this helps.
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:53 PM   #5
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Here we are an hour later, and it has now kicked into gear. The refrigerator box is now 47 F and falling. The fins are cold now too. I think grhodes50 called it, patience. Another factor may have been the switching to propane, but I am not sure.

TimeToTow, I know the switch you are referring to, but it is to turn heat tape that reduces the external condensation. It is off on my unit because we live in an arid climate where condensation is seldom an issue. That, and we often dry camp so the heat tape only drains my battery even faster.

NWJeeper, nice to know. I will touch base via email.
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Happy to hear that there was no problem!!
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:48 PM   #7
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The refrigerators in campers are not going to operate as well as a home unit. Also, most of them don't have a cooling fan- they are simply an icebox. We usually start ours on the morning we are going camping, that way it's good and cold before packing it up with food and leaving. You can also run it on gas while traveling, but watch out at gas stations, tunnels, and ferries. Randy
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We usually put a couple of 2 liter soft drink bottles of frozen water in there when we turn it on. It seems to cool down quite a bit faster.
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