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Old 01-05-2017, 05:27 PM   #1
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Question Ventilation for Residential Fridge..

I have a '16 Sierra 377FLIK with a LG residential fridge (electric only) that sits in the kitchen appliance slide on the left side (driver's). There is an external vent opening for the range vent (hard to reach but does work when open), but I see no vent for the fridge. Is this intentional? Maybe these fridges run cool enough that no vent is needed? I see some aftermarket fans that are designed to keep air moving behind the fridge on hot days. Maybe convection into the kitchen living space is enough?
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Old 01-05-2017, 05:48 PM   #2
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I have a '16 Sierra 377FLIK with a LG residential fridge (electric only) that sits in the kitchen appliance slide on the left side (driver's). There is an external vent opening for the range vent (hard to reach but does work when open), but I see no vent for the fridge. Is this intentional? Maybe these fridges run cool enough that no vent is needed? I see some aftermarket fans that are designed to keep air moving behind the fridge on hot days. Maybe convection into the kitchen living space is enough?
The range vent is an exhaust vent. Why would you need a vent for the fridge? Especially a residential fridge that doesn't run on propane? You don't have a vent in the house do you? I wouldn't think it would be at all necessary. I think the fans for the hot days would also be a waste of money, I have fridges in my garage where temps reach over 100* in the summer and they do just fine. Am I missing something?
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Maybe this is not a problem - that's what I'm asking. Fridges in your house specify lots of ventilation around the unit and it is probably cooled by AC in the summer. I was wondering if RV residential fridges need ventilation to survive long-term.
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Old 01-05-2017, 05:55 PM   #4
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FR doesn't make their own AC, do they? What brand of AC are you having trouble with?
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Old 01-05-2017, 06:10 PM   #5
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FR doesn't make their own AC, do they? What brand of AC are you having trouble with?
Dometic but it came attached to the unit I bought from FR and FR says it's A-OK!!!!

As far as the fridge, there are several inches of space around mine in back and both sides as well as almost a foot on top. I really don't think it needs more than that. I have the residential fridges in my garage and have used on my food truck where temps got to 110 plus with the grill and everything running the a/c in that one is a coleman but stands NO chance against the refers and grill especially when you have a huge serving window wide open. There should be enough space for adequate air flow in your unit, I wouldn't worry about it too much at all. Now If the fridge is having issues holding temp below 40* then I'd look at things but at that point I'd look at the cooling fins and clean them from dust and pet hair and what not, then I'd check the freon level before suspecting the amount of free space around the unit.
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Most modern refrigerators are nearly zero clearance. The air space around the RV fridge is sufficient. Propane refrigerators are the only ones that need external venting.
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:13 PM   #7
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Residential refrigerators vent under the bottom not the rear. That's why the coils are under the fridge. I also have an LG fridge.
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