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Old 11-12-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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Frig Problems

My frig will only cool on propane. When switched over to 115 AC the compressor will not kick in, any idea's on what would be causing this?

I have checked all the breakers and fuses that I can find and there is 115 volts AC at the outlet. The two small fuse's behind the black service panel are good and the breaker is not tripped because I do have power to the outlet.
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Old 11-12-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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It sounds like either the electric heating elements are burned out or the control board is bad. (PS: No compressor in RV fridges.)
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Post make and model number of your fridge to get more help......
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I agree, if you can get the make and model fridge that would help. I actually had that issue 2 weeks after taking my new 5th wheel. It was the dometic RM1350. I checked the breaker, the outlet, and it "looked" like the fuse for the 120 was good. But I pulled the fuse, put a meter on the fuse and it failed and ohm test. Luckily I was able to find the same fuse at my local home depot. Replaced the fuse and I was good to go and no issues since.

The fridge worked fine during the PDI, so the only guess is the vibrations of the tow or plugging in at some point caused the fuse to burn where it was not visible. I would have taken it back to the dealer if it where not for the 4 hour tow and I found that out 4 days before I had planned to use the trailer again.
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Check the high temp reset on the chimney.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
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Are you sure it isn't cooling on 110? On propane I can hear the burner but on 110 I hear nothing - silent operation. The 110 volt heater element is working, heating the ammonia based refrigerant, but it is silent. Also it takes several hours for the trudge to cool on either propane or 110.
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Are you sure it isn't cooling on 110? On propane I can hear the burner but on 110 I hear nothing - silent operation. The 110 volt heater element is working, heating the ammonia based refrigerant, but it is silent. Also it takes several hours for the trudge to cool on either propane or 110.

I left it plugged in for a couple hours, nothing. If I remember you can hear something with the panel off while it is running on AC. But your right it is almost silent.
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I agree, if you can get the make and model fridge that would help. I actually had that issue 2 weeks after taking my new 5th wheel. It was the dometic RM1350. I checked the breaker, the outlet, and it "looked" like the fuse for the 120 was good. But I pulled the fuse, put a meter on the fuse and it failed and ohm test. Luckily I was able to find the same fuse at my local home depot. Replaced the fuse and I was good to go and no issues since.

The fridge worked fine during the PDI, so the only guess is the vibrations of the tow or plugging in at some point caused the fuse to burn where it was not visible. I would have taken it back to the dealer if it where not for the 4 hour tow and I found that out 4 days before I had planned to use the trailer again.

It is a Dometic. I will get the model # when I get home.
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A couple hours is pretty short for an evaporation cycle fridge to notice much cooling. Most say overnight minimum.
On our 2012 Solera, I first feel some cooling on the walls of the freezer, then on the cooling fins in the top of the refrigerator box. Once cooled down it works well - on either propane or 110.

Good luck -

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Two year warranty, so if it isn't something simple at least there is an upside. Mine has a slight amonia smell so I'll be taking it in for a cooling unit swap out in the Spring.
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