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Old 04-13-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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Fridge not cooling

I started my fridg for the first time today since we bought the trailer just over a month ago. Itís been on for 3 hours and has not started to cool. What should I do?
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I started my fridg for the first time today since we bought the trailer just over a month ago. Itís been on for 3 hours and has not started to cool. What should I do?
If your not on gas, switch it gas and see, if your on gas and plugged in switch it to electric, rule that out first. See if it will start to cool. It's not a residential type is it?

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If your not on gas, switch it gas and see, if your on gas and plugged in switch it to electric, rule that out first. See if it will start to cool. It's not a residential type is it?

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Also what does the co troll board say? Does the interior light come on when you open the door? Need more info on things please.
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I started my fridg for the first time today since we bought the trailer just over a month ago. It’s been on for 3 hours and has not started to cool. What should I do?
If it's a RV propane/electric fridge, it'll take hours to cool down. It doesn't work like a residential fridge, it's an absorption fridge.
It'll take at least 8 hours minimum to cool down.

Your dealer should have told you this during the PDI.

Also make and model number of fridge would help.
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How are you deciding it is not cooling. RV fridges are very different than residential fridges. They take a long time to cool and the way they keep stuff cold is by having stuff in them to absorb heat. An empty fridge will feel warm very quickly as there is little mass in it to absorb the heat entering when you open the door. Put a thermometer in it and check it in 4-5 hours.
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If it's a RV propane/electric fridge, it'll take hours to cool down. It doesn't work like a residential fridge, it's an absorption fridge.
It'll take at least 8 hours minimum to cool down.

Your dealer should have told you this during the PDI.

Also make and model number of fridge would help.
I do not find this with my Norcol, mine will go from 78 in the freezer to below 32 in a little over 3 hrs. Could take 5 to 6 to reach 40 in my refer. Section. As far as having to have something in it as said by BOB, that's wrong also, when I tested mine for 24 hours my freezer temp was at 2 and the refer was 28 nothing inside. I guess some are different.

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I should also state on mine , I added a baffle, 2 external fans and a circulation fan total of 3 fans, makes a big difference. My temps are monitored by a accurate, and my test is ran on #5 each year. The lowest setting. Which means it will run longer only not make it cooler as we all know.
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If it's a Dometic, make sure the thermister that's clipped to the cooling fin inside the fridge is slid UP as far as it can go. Sliding down warms the fridge and sliding it up cools it. Of course, as you drive down the road the bouncing causes it to slide down, warming the fridge.

Also be aware that while the CLIP may be slid up as far as it can go, the thermister may not be slid up into the clip as far as it can go.

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If it's a RV propane/electric fridge, it'll take hours to cool down. It doesn't work like a residential fridge, it's an absorption fridge.
It'll take at least 8 hours minimum to cool down.

Your dealer should have told you this during the PDI.

Also make and model number of fridge would help.
My opinion, too. Check it tomorrow and my guess is it'll be ready for your eggs and milk.
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If it's a Dometic, make sure the thermister that's clipped to the cooling fin inside the fridge is slid UP as far as it can go. Sliding down warms the fridge and sliding it up cools it. Of course, as you drive down the road the bouncing causes it to slide down, warming the fridge.

Also be aware that while the CLIP may be slid up as far as it can go, the thermister may not be slid up into the clip as far as it can go.

Very good point, yes it could be that easy. I personally don't like that transistor system, had it on a couple of older trailers. Also with that system it wouldn't make a difference on either gas or electric.
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It’s a domestic and it only has on off and auto, gas, and check. It made a sound like something came on when I transferred to gas but electric is not working.
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Itís a domestic and it only has on off and auto, gas, and check. It made a sound like something came on when I transferred to gas but electric is not working.
There's a plug on the back side behind the vent, make sure you got a 110 volts, assuming your camper is plugged in. If no power there check your breaker in the panel.

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I am plugged in but I’ll check tomorrow or call the shop as well. Thank you for your help
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A lot of suggestions are being made but without knowing the simplest of details like is the electric cord (to the refrigerator) even plugged in, is the breaker tripped does the outlet have power or are any fuses blown, we are just guessing.

Has it ever worked or is this something that just happened?

You are going need to do some basic tests and report the findings.
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How level is the trailer? If itís parked on an angle then that can cause it to not cool so make sure the trailer is as level as possible.
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All the fuses are good . The light comes on inside the fridge. No breakers are tripped . The lights come on when it said checking and the auto light stays on.
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Oh and yes I am plugged in and not on gas or battery
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To check the entire operation of the Frig,the Gas/120 V/and 12 V/ All need to be On! Youroo!!
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Oh and yes I am plugged in and not on gas or battery
I thought you said it worked on gas? If your plugged in on auto, it will try and run on electric. You need to use a meter and check for 110v at the rear, or use a light, unplug the refer and plug a lite in to see if it will come on. If it does plug your refer back in and check what is posted #10 or #11. If that is still not making it cold, you need to take it in
Could be anything from a leak to a blockage or a board. These things are passed the average person, a repair shop is required.
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Oh yes, if your in auto and you unplug the electrical it should switch to gas by itself, if it's not doing that it could be the board. Leave it on and unplug the electrical you should see a light on the panel that shows it in gas mode, not going in you will need a repair person
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