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Old 08-14-2015, 11:53 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Slow to Cool (I think?)

We have a 2015 26 RLWS and this is our first year camping. We have noticed lately that the refrigerator is slow to get to safe cooling temperatures. We ensure that there is adequate flow through the refrigerator and, for the most part, pre-cool any items we place in the fridge.

Is this normal for this time of year? Is this a matter I need to take the unit in for service? I noticed there is a cable with what seems to be a temperature probe "dangling" in the refrigerator. Is placement of this "probe" critical? What is this cable with probe?

Any advice, suggestions, reassurance, would be appreciated.

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Old 08-15-2015, 12:23 AM   #2
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I have the Whirpool 18 cu ft refrigerator and also had problems.

I opened the freezer and didn't hear a recirculating fan. It is located behind a cover in the middle of the freezer. When I removed the cover the fan had frozen so all i did was turn it and it has run ever since.
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:34 AM   #3
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Maybe this post will help......

Dometic Refrigerator Temperature Slider
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:08 AM   #4
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Refrigerator Slow to Cool (I think?)

The thing that is dangling should be attached to one of the cooling fins. Mine is on the far right not sure if they are all in the same place. You can adjust the temperature by moving it up and down the fin.
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:20 AM   #5
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The fridge in your unit is very different than a home unit. It has limited cooling and recovery power as compared to a home fridge. That being said, if used properly, it will do a great job.

1. Start the fridge the day before your trip. This allows it to coll.
2. Pre cool (at home) as much of the food and drinks as possible before loading
3. If camping in very hot areas add a circulation fan in fridge .
4. If loading warm replacement drinks, add a few at a time and allow fridge to catch up.
5. minimize open time while looking for items
6. Make sure the RV/fridge is level.

RV fridges are most efficient when they are full. Check the small slider clip in the fins to insure it is on the fin and in the coldest position.

A fridge works by removing heat energy from items. An empty fridge has very little cold mass to absorb heat and the temp rises quickly. A fridge full of cold items has a larger heat adsorbing capacity and is less effected by an open door or added warm items..
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:54 AM   #6
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Ice Packs

We usually put 5 or 6 ice packs in the freezer and 2 in the fridge at start-up.
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I agree with the previous responses. I start my frig at least a day or two before we pull out. The RV frig takes a long time to cool down because there's no compressor. The heater element and burner make the liquid move through the system. During the day or two before we pull out I am putting things in as we think of them or buy them before hitting the road so when it's time to go it's loaded. Yes the more food and ice in the better off you are.
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Propane fridges take a loooong time to get cool, especially in the summer.
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Propane fridges take a loooong time to get cool, especially in the summer.
and the fridge takes longer than the freezer.
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:44 PM   #10
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Thank you all for your input. I repositioned the thermister in the plastic "slider" then positioned to "Colder." It barely got the refrigerator to 40degF; the freezer, however, was doing a great job of freezing things. I'm probably going to take the trailer into the dealer and have them inspect it.

Thank you all!!

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