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Old 10-31-2010, 12:47 AM   #1
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Refrigerator doesn't work

We just got back from a week long trip out of town. When we came back we found the refrigerator smelled as the freezer and refrigerator had both not been working. Things were thawed out in the freezer.

We cleaned out the refrigerator but can't seem to get the refrigerator to work even though the front panel looks like it normally does. Correct indicator lights are lit.

The freezer seems to be getting colder but the refrigerator does not.

Any suggestions on how to fix this problem other than calling a technician?

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Old 10-31-2010, 09:53 AM   #2
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Patience first

Give the fridge a few hours to do it's magic. If it doesn't get cold, check to make sure you have propane in your tanks. ~ That's a start, now the experts will guide you through the next steps....should they be required.
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:02 AM   #3
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Dry camping or hookups?

If dry camping and your battery voltage drops the DC controls on the fridge will quit and the fridge will shut down even with full propane.

The Fridge pulls 1.2 amps DC as long as it is running on Propane.
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:33 AM   #4
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How low is too low?

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Dry camping or hookups?

If dry camping and your battery voltage drops the DC controls on the fridge will quit and the fridge will shut down even with full propane.

The Fridge pulls 1.2 amps DC as long as it is running on Propane.
Herk, How low can the battery go before the fridge shuts down?

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Old 10-31-2010, 12:54 PM   #5
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Make sure you are level ground, if you are not level that can create an issue, if on propane make sure you are not low or even out. If plugged into @ least 15 amps @ home & level just give it a chnace 3-5 hours.
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:57 PM   #6
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To be perfectly honest, there are too many variables to be sure.
(I know... A cop out answer)
However, it depends on your board and what quits on it first.
Like any computer, low voltage does crazy things.

I would bet any dc voltage below 11.5 is going to cause problems.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:07 PM   #7
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All good advices above. I don't don't know what make it is , on my refg. there is pig tail temp. sensor that is clip on the fin that came lose . Acted the same as your.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:28 PM   #8
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Does the light go out when you close the door?

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All good advices above. I don't don't know what make it is , on my refg. there is pig tail temp. sensor that is clip on the fin that came lose . Acted the same as your.
I talked with a manufacturer's represenative of my fridge, (Dominic) and was told the sensor elevation on the freezer fin, up/down, only accounts for a temperature variation of three degrees.

Who knows, I may have been talking with a corporate executive and his expertise was exclusive to the bean counting department.

I pulled my sensor off the fin and moved it down as far as the connecting wire would allow. I'm now getting, at least, 6 degrees colder below the freezer.

One time, and only once, for some unknown reason, the temperature in the non-freezer department dropped to 28 F degrees....Go figure.
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that sounds like a bad thermostat. if it were a conventional ref, that would be what i have changed to correct a proplem like that (where it freezes in the frig part then work almost normal). on the absorption frig, i don't know what that clip is in conjunction with.
perhaps someone knows if that clip on is a thermocouple or what. i don't know the control system on that type frig; maybe someone here does and knows what part that clip plays in it.
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Do you have the dm 1350 fridge? if so its a known problem with the junk.Mine would do it until i did the fan mod and that took care of the problem, until I traded it in.
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