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Old 05-05-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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First of , this is a great forum. We bought a new to use 5er this spring and the information on here has been invaluable to us newbies. I like to know how things work before I use them and reading through this forum has provided a huge amount of knowledge.

So, today I turned on the fridge just to make sure it works and after about 4 hours I was sitting in the trailer reading the manual when this intermittent whistling kind of sound that increased in pitch started coming from the fridge. First thought was gas but then I remembered that it was turned off. After a few times I realized it was coming from the freezer area. I assume that as the air inside cooled down that a vacum was created and air was being sucked into the freezer, the door was really hard to open. The seals seem to be ok though.

I'm assuming\hoping that this is normal?
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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Makes sense that the air would "shrink" when the freezer cools. My older unit gets hard to open occasionally as well. I assume it is normal and caused by the air becoming denser as it cools.

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I have never heard of this happening although I am sure it could. You say the door seals appear to be OK.

I would suggest that you take another look at them and perhaps perform the "dollar bill pull" test to make sure they are making a good seal all around the door.

If not, perhaps they need to be replaced.

If everything checks OK, I would suggest cleaning the seals and applying a coat of whatever lubricant the manufacturer recommends.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:23 PM   #4
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So, today I turned on the fridge just to make sure it works and after about 4 hours I was sitting in the trailer reading the manual when this intermittent whistling kind of sound that increased in pitch started coming from the fridge.


Teach it the words! It should quit whistling. Just sayin'
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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This is normal.

Freezer in my home does this as well.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:12 PM   #6
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I will check the seals again although given how hard it was to open I think they are ok. Never hurts to clean them.

I don't know the words so hard to teach...:-)

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Yeah Ours did the same thing. My wife came running out and wanted to dial 911. she thought the camper was filling up with gas..
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The white strip is simply a rubber gasket to prevent air leakage in or out. Some*home*freezers do have magnets in them, but not all freezers do. But all do get the "suction affect". The suction is created when the warm air outside the freezer enters the the freezer. After you close the door the warm air contracts as is cools, thus creating a vacuum in the freezer.The problem with the magnet theory is that if the magnet were creating this force, the door would always be under that force and be difficult to open every time you open it. The magnets aren't powerful enough to create the force that the vacuum can create, i've seen freezers that were nearly impossible to open immidiatly after closing.
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