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Old 06-13-2018, 04:51 PM   #1
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Refrigerator will not start when on LP

We have a 2014 3011D Forester. When we are on LP it just clicks and will not start. Any suggestions, if we used our generator when traveling would that run the frig on Electric.

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Old 06-13-2018, 05:53 PM   #2
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Thats an easy one but requires KSA’s to fix it. Your igniter is firing but not lighting the burner. Two possible conditions cause that.
1. NO GAS
2. Improper gap/location of the igniter probe.
Both require you to remove the burner can to fix it. However, there is an inspection window for observation.
The burner can should be found on the right side of the lower exterior fridge vent behind the cover.

Edit: The fridge will run off of genset power.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:13 PM   #3
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Have you tried lighting the stove to purge the gas line?
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:10 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help, removed vent cover and removed corrosion on igniter. Working now,thanks for taking time to help
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:37 AM   #5
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Just some additional info if someone is interested. The ignitor gap should be 3/16” with the tip in the burner flame. The ignitor tip heats to a red glow which can make it vulnerable to bending. This happens more often if you are running the fridge while bouncing down our ultra smooth roads. A lot of folks take their unit in for a fridge “tune-up” and spend about $100. for something you can do yourself. YMMV
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Old 06-14-2018, 01:45 PM   #6
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Spiders and webs

Did you check for the infamous spiders /spider webs? For some reason spiders LOVE to build a web inside the tube which blocks the gas flow. I have dealt with this more times than I care to think about, especially when first firing up after the winter hibernation. Hope this helps.
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Have you tried lighting the stove to purge the gas line?
This is what I have to do every time.
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This is what I have to do every time.
I guess I am not the only one. Especially if it has not been on gas in awhile.
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I don't know if this would help, but I had the same sort of problem with my Dometic in my 2016 Forester and through a post on this forum I shut off my batteries and disconnected it from shore power for a day and it fixed itself. Another way would have been to open the refer outside cover and take off the cover to the control unit and push the test button.. unfortunately I can't really get to one of the clips to get the cover off ... go figure. .
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:46 AM   #10
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Yes if it is clicking on gas and running on electric, then it frequently is the gap or dirty burner. Blowing that area out with compressed air helps. Using a Emory board to lightly clean the burner slits and the igniter is also helpful. It doesn't have to look very dirty.

Take a look at the burner when it does start for a nice blue flame, if it is yellow at all you may need to reset the mixture at the orifice, but maybe not tackle that one, take to a dealer.
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