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Old 06-21-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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Fridge Thermister Replacement

Even though I finally got the temp ironed out in my fridge for the most part, I went ahead and changed out the thermistor for the Articca adjustable thermostat. I had forgotten how much I disliked the thermistor on the fin deal. The last few fridges I've had were higher end models with adjustable thermostats already built in. Either way, I like this thing. It's really easy to install, and works as it says. In case anybody hadn't already seen the link as mentioned in some other threads, it's www.snip-the-tip.com/cgi-bin/articca.cgi
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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Don't tell me nobody's done this mod?
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:38 PM   #3
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Even though I finally got the temp ironed out in my fridge for the most part, I went ahead and changed out the thermistor for the Articca adjustable thermostat. I had forgotten how much I disliked the thermistor on the fin deal. The last few fridges I've had were higher end models with adjustable thermostats already built in. Either way, I like this thing. It's really easy to install, and works as it says. In case anybody hadn't already seen the link as mentioned in some other threads, it's www.snip-the-tip.com/cgi-bin/articca.cgi
Does this allow you to get your fridge a lot colder? I find that my fridge doesn't get as cold as I would like.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:14 AM   #4
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The original problem was it was getting too cold. After playing with the location of the old thermistor (sensor on wire clipped onto fins) I got it in the 34-38 deg range. It's typically clipped on the far right fin, then you gradually slide it up or down to adjust temp, waiting several several hours in between adjustments to check. I ended up moving mine to the 4th fin over before I could get it to not freeze. I believe, the further to the top and right, the colder it'll get. You can see in the picture how it used to be set up. Fridge fan on bottom shelf for air circulation, thermometer on lower rack since its naturally cooler at the top. Will this articca set up make it colder? It won't do anything that the old thermistor wouldn't do. It just makes adjustment a heck of a lot easier. Turn little dial warmer or colder instead of jockeying the clip on the fin around hunting for a sweet spot. I would recommend that anybody get a fridge fan for air circulation. Cheap and they work.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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Awesome tip. I bookmarked that link.
I think there will be one ordered before long...
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:25 AM   #6
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Hit the send button to quick here.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:31 AM   #7
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I had another thread going not long ago titled "fridge temp at 29 deg tops". I wish I could remember who originally posted that link to the Articca sensor as I'd thank them. Seen that and of course said ah ha, cheap mod to make life easier. It was working fine before I put it in, but I love modifying RV stuff.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:35 AM   #8
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We must have horseshoes up our butts, because our fridge works perfectly.
Just leave it on a 3.5 setting, electric or propane, and it stays at the perfect temperature.
I wonder what the difference is? Luck?
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We must have horseshoes up our butts, because our fridge works perfectly.
Just leave it on a 3.5 setting, electric or propane, and it stays at the perfect temperature.
I wonder what the difference is? Luck?
Mine isn't a number setting- I have to slide this fin thing up or down to determine how cold it is.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:11 AM   #10
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bakken, you must have the digital setting on the outside of the fridge. I've had those and they have been reliable for us in the past. My first camper and this one are the only ones that have had this set up (adjustment on fins), this RV being the first to give me temp problems. Even though it works ok, this will probably be our last "RV" fridge. Fifth wheel will have an inverter and Residential fridge, and anything after that will have one even if I gotta modify / install one myself. Just so much easier with the residential. You're seeing more and more manufacturers going this route, slowly but surely.
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