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Old 06-11-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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Dometic Fridge.....

I plugged the camper in about 4 days before we went on our first trip over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. waited overnight for the temp to cool off. Fine. Fridge got cold. Our trip went great and everything worked fine except for the electric awning but that is getting fixed next week. We went out to the camper to check on things and noticed that the fridge had the check light on.

I shut the unit off, waited a few minutes and then turned it back on. I heard the igniter trying to fire the gas. It went through its process and after trying to fire 3 times, the check light came on again. Ok. I turned the gas on and then turned the fridge on. The gas lighted on the second try. after about an hour,of letting the fridge run on gas, the temp started cooling.

Ok.... this tells me that the gas is working but the electric is not cooling. I turned the gas off and then tried to get it to revert back to electric and it set itself back to trying to fire the gas system.

Is it possible that a fuse is blown? We had a power outage within the past week and a half. Could the fridge have possibly tried to run on the battery and then switch back and then ultimately blown a fuse? If a fuse is blown, does it void the warranty if I remove the cover plate to check the fuses?
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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I think you should check the circuit breakers. The one for the fridge is probably labelled. Turn it off completely and then back on.

(Fuses are normally only for 12v items unless they're on the appliance internal circuit boards.)
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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The breakers / fuses was the first thing that I checked. Nothing was tripped, nothing was blown. When I look at the schematic in the manual, it refers to a 3 amp, a 5 amp, and a 30 amp fuse. When you take the protective cover off outside, there is a black dust cover on the lower left. It appears that there is 1 screw holding this cover on. I would imagine that there are fuses behind this cover. Im afraid that if this is tapered with, it would void the warranty and if there is a bigger problem within, dometic would probably not cover it.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:29 PM   #4
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There is also an AC fuse for the heating element.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:45 PM   #5
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To add to herks post there's two fuses under the cover he posted.

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The breakers / fuses was the first thing that I checked. Nothing was tripped, nothing was blown. When I look at the schematic in the manual, it refers to a 3 amp, a 5 amp, and a 30 amp fuse. When you take the protective cover off outside, there is a black dust cover on the lower left. It appears that there is 1 screw holding this cover on. I would imagine that there are fuses behind this cover. Im afraid that if this is tapered with, it would void the warranty and if there is a bigger problem within, dometic would probably not cover it.
I would say that if there is a label/tape over the screw that you have to damage/remove to get the screw out, then doing so might void the warranty. In this case, I'm quite sure there is no such label, so there is no problem with removing the cover to look at fuses.
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To add to herks post there's two fuses under the cover he posted.

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The other one is the DC Control fuse.
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How old is your fridge? I get the impression, from recent experience, that 10 or 11 years is about when they die.

We were getting ready for a 3-week expedition down the Oregon coast and I turned the fridge on a couple of days before departure. The evening before we were due to leave. I checked the fridge temp and it was still in the high 60's.

A poster on RV.net identified a symptom. If there's a deposit of a yellow flour-like powder (sulfur) around the base of the flue, the cooling unit has died. Took the cover off and yeah, sulfur powder.

We went on the planned trip anyway, relying on insulated coolers and frequent purchases of ice. What a PITA!

After we got home, I had a new fridge installed (approx $1800!). This time, we got one with an adjustable temperature setting. I can't believe that Dometic has the effrontery to say "we know how cold your food should be, so we aren't allowing you to change it."

We're hoping there won't be any more $1800 disasters for the next couple of seasons.
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Problem found and fixed. Upon extensive research, I found that my extension cord that is providing shore power, had shorted out and the cord nearly blew apart. I didnt take the time to test other appliances until then. I grabbed my wall socket tester and started poking around and found that the wall sockets in the camper were not testing right. I then tried to turn on a tv but it wouldnt come on. I then realized that i was on 12 volt power. I traced the cord and found that it was broken. Replaced the cord and now everything seems to be back to where it was. My wife and I were racking our brains trying to figure out what was the problem. Thank goodness we found and fixed it. I think what i may do is put a 30 amp service off the side of my house so i can run everything if i need to.
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Problem found and fixed. Upon extensive research, I found that my extension cord that is providing shore power, had shorted out and the cord nearly blew apart. I didnt take the time to test other appliances until then. I grabbed my wall socket tester and started poking around and found that the wall sockets in the camper were not testing right. I then tried to turn on a tv but it wouldnt come on. I then realized that i was on 12 volt power. I traced the cord and found that it was broken. Replaced the cord and now everything seems to be back to where it was. My wife and I were racking our brains trying to figure out what was the problem. Thank goodness we found and fixed it. I think what i may do is put a 30 amp service off the side of my house so i can run everything if i need to.
Love to see a photo of the cord.
It would be a great addition to the library.
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