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Old 09-26-2016, 01:37 PM   #1
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Fridge just took a dump...

SO, I came home from OCMD last Sunday, plugged in after parking the rig. Unloaded clothes, bikes, gear, etc. Around Tuesday night last week, went out and unloaded the fridge, all was well. Then this past Saturday, I'm out there cleaning, vacuuming, etc--open the fridge to load some beers in, and everything is HOT. Fridge is totally shut off, freezer is totally defrosted. Threw everything out. Won't work on electric or propane. Why can't stuff work for more then 2 years these days?
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:45 PM   #2
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If you do not smell or detect the presence of amonia you most likely have an electrical issue. Look to Ford refrigerator RV repair and troubleshooting videos on the net to get you familiar with what might be your problem. Just sayin'
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SO, I came home from OCMD last Sunday, plugged in after parking the rig. Unloaded clothes, bikes, gear, etc. Around Tuesday night last week, went out and unloaded the fridge, all was well. Then this past Saturday, I'm out there cleaning, vacuuming, etc--open the fridge to load some beers in, and everything is HOT. Fridge is totally shut off, freezer is totally defrosted. Threw everything out. Won't work on electric or propane. Why can't stuff work for more then 2 years these days?
Battery good?
How about the status lamps on the front upper panel ... what do they show?
DC fuse? AC breaker?
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Thanks for the Ford AC video recommendation. This a Dometic DM2652, for the record.

So, I went out and did some troubleshooting. All the lights on the front panel are working normally, as is the light inside the fridge. The fuses on the board in the control panel were both OK. The unit does ignite the burner when you set it to gas, which I didn't think it was doing. The board is getting 12V DC and 120V AC like its supposed to be. So if it cools down in the next few hours on gas only, it may be a burned out 120V element. But if that's the case, why didn't the gas burner come on when it was set to "Auto" when the temp inside rose to abnormal levels? Or is the burner prevented from igniting when 120V AC is turned on, regardless of temperature? Does the board even "know" what the temp level is inside? How does it know when to turn the AC element or the LP burner on and off?

So many questions, so little knowledge...
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If you haven't used it on propane for a while or have changed the tanks, there could be air in the line that needs to be bled out.
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This a Dometic DM2652, for the record.
Well if you would have asked people to guess what fridge you had, as one of the many unfortunate owners of that particular unit,that would have been my guess.
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Unfortunately, the board doesn't know when the element is burned out, and it doesn't use the temp to determine if it should switch energy sources. If there's 120 available at the board then it switches to electric power.
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Unfortunately, the board doesn't know when the element is burned out, and it doesn't use the temp to determine if it should switch energy sources. If there's 120 available at the board then it switches to electric power.
You can check the electric element by disconnecting it from the circuit board and hooking it up directly to 120 vac. Let run overnight. If your fridge gets cold, the element is OK. Mine was at 32 degrees in the fridge compartment after 12 hours.
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Unfortunately, the board doesn't know when the element is burned out, and it doesn't use the temp to determine if it should switch energy sources. If there's 120 available at the board then it switches to electric power.
120Vac determines which mode its in. Exactly right, BR.

Someone (dealer, T), needs to figure out the problem... board? Element? zombie apocalypse?
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You can check the electric element by disconnecting it from the circuit board and hooking it up directly to 120 vac. Let run overnight. If your fridge gets cold, the element is OK. Mine was at 32 degrees in the fridge compartment after 12 hours.
Never thought of that MKH.
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