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Old 04-28-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Fan quit working in back of fridge

Sitting here in the hot FL sun the fan that vents the outside of the fridge stopped working. I assume that it is 12V but I don't have a clue where to check for a fuse. Help...the fridge won't get below 54. 2011 378TS with the Dometic 4 door fridge.

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Old 04-28-2014, 03:27 PM   #2
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Would head to a local Radio Shack and pick up a couple of BALL brg computer fans and mount them at the bottom right above the burner and wire them into a separate switch. Then look for the problem with the factory fan.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:42 PM   #3
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I haven't had an issue with my 4 door fridge but have you checked the 12 volt fuse panel in your bedroom for a blown fuse. Also, what about the owners manual?. Can't remember if there was a fuse in the outside access area, if you have one.
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Do you have a volt meter to check for 12v at the fan?

Take a look at this thread lots of good info especially if you go with OldCoots suggestion.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:23 PM   #5
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In the meantime, remove the outside vent cover and set up a small box fan to blow toward the opening. Another "cure" is to purchase a small table top fan (depending on the amount of room you have behind the vent) and plug it into the electrical outlet that the fridge is plugged into. Angle the fan to blow upward. Just something to consider...................

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Old 04-28-2014, 07:57 PM   #6
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We have a 2011 378XL and had to have the board replaced in our fridge. Fridge stopped cooling also while in Florida we were able to move things to freezer for a day or so then temp in it dropped. Went to Walmart and got a portable fridge to get us by until we got home and had serviced.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:42 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the info. And now I've some info to pass along:

We had turned the refer off to defrost and when we turned it back on is when I noticed the fan was not running when I expected it would because it was in the 90s outside. What I had assumed was that the thermostat for the fan would be controlled by ambient temp but in reality it is controlled by the temp inside the area of the back of the refer. After we turned the unit back on it took awhile for flu to heat up and the temp to reach a point for the fan to come on but it did and everything is working correct now.

You all probably think I panicked over this BUT I keep my beer in there!!!!!!
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LostDog, I would still get the 2 fans I mentioned and install them. You will be pleasantly surprised at the improvement in performance of your refrigerator with the added cooling in the rear compartment.
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LostDog, I would still get the 2 fans I mentioned and install them. You will be pleasantly surprised at the improvement in performance of your refrigerator with the added cooling in the rear compartment.
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