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Old 04-24-2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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Crusader 290RLT Fridge Fan Noise

Hi,

I'm starting a new thread on the 290rlt fridge fan noise because the original one started by Jim Hawthorne on 5/1/2012 is no longer active and I have a question.

I am starting my first summer with my 290RLT and experiencing the same loud refrig fan noise. The fan I found on OutletPC has the following specs and wanted to know if this is the same fan that Jim installed. The CFM is around 32 which seems low compared to some of the Sunon's. The fan speed seems lower also so I'm not sure if this is the same fan Jim installed.

I'm hoping Jim is still on this forum and could respond to this post.

Thank you

Here is the spec info off OutletPC


Gelid FN-TX09-20 Quiet Case Fan (92mm)

Advanced Features:

Air Flow (CFM): 31.32
Bearing: Hydro Dynamic Bearing
Cable Length (mm): 500
Connector: 3 Pin Molex
Current (A): 0.1
Dimensions (mm): 92 x 92 x 25
Fan Speed (RPM): 1500
Noise Level (dBA): 20
Safety Approvals: CE, RoHS Compliant
Sensor Cable Length (mm) 300
Static Pressure (mmAq): 1.515
Voltage (V): 12
Weight (g): 76
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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We noticed on our weekend maiden voyage that the fan on our 295RST is also noisy. Where is the original thread?
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:31 PM   #3
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290rlt Fan noise

At the top of the Forum page is a "Search" box. Type in 290RLT and then click on search. When I do that, the original thread is the first one listed.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:39 PM   #4
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I hadn't noticed the fan being overly noisy in our 2014 295RST. Maybe they switched fans?

I will listen for it this weekend though.

Then again our first 2 weekends out it has been at or near the freezing mark.
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I hadn't noticed the fan being overly noisy in our 2014 295RST. Maybe they switched fans?

I will listen for it this weekend though.

Then again our first 2 weekends out it has been at or near the freezing mark.
It generally doesn't come on until the outside temp is ~80 or above.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:03 PM   #6
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So there is a thermal sensor to enable the fans?

If so then it might be a while before I need em given the way the weather has been around these parts.
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Have a 2013 RLT290 when i phoned the service dept. of PT on our 1st trip they said its normal when the fridg is in a pull out????BS to me.
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Have a 2013 RLT290 when i phoned the service dept. of PT on our 1st trip they said its normal when the fridg is in a pull out????BS to me.
Yes, it's normal to have fans to pull air thru the condenser if your fridge is in a slide out. This is how Dometic wants them installed.
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[QUOTE=Crusaderguy;358678]Hi,

I'm starting a new thread on the 290rlt fridge fan noise because the original one started by Jim Hawthorne on 5/1/2012 is no longer active and I have a question.

I am starting my first summer with my 290RLT and experiencing the same loud refrig fan noise. The fan I found on OutletPC has the following specs and wanted to know if this is the same fan that Jim installed. The CFM is around 32 which seems low compared to some of the Sunon's. The fan speed seems lower also so I'm not sure if this is the same fan Jim installed.

I'm hoping Jim is still on this forum and could respond to this post.

Thank you"

Hi! This is Jim!

Please note that the 2 fans I installed were the "Silent 9 TC" version; these move about 38 CFM each. The "TC" stands for "Thermal Control" and makes the fan run between 900-2000 rpm, depending on the temperature inside the enclosure. The basic "Silent 9" runs at 1500 rpm and moves about 32 CFM, so I recommend the "TC" version.

My original Sunon moved about 70 CFM, and the 2 Silent 9TC versions together move about 80 CFM. The actual volume of the enclosure behind the fridge is approximately 6 cubic feet, so I feel there is more than sufficient air exchange.

I chose GELID fans as I found that they always ran flawlessly while cooling computer cases, router arrays and server racks, and never had a failure. But there are other manufacturers that also make quiet fans.

I have had no problems with the fans and really appreciate the quiet!

If you can wriggle a camera down into the enclosure and get a photo of the existing noisy fan, you can then go get the specs on it before you buy a replacement to make sure the replacement(s) will move enough air!

Good luck!
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Here are 2 pics of the installation: The original single Sunon and the 2 GELID replacements... Note the thermal sensors 'pig-tailed' just below the cooling fins...
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