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Old 01-08-2023, 03:35 PM   #1
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Dometic frig on/off switch is stuck

I have a 2018 Rockwood 2509s trailer with the standard Dometic frig (model 2652). My problem ..... the on/off switch on the front panel above the freezer door is sticking when I depress it, both in the on and off position. I'm not sure what to do. I'd prefer not to have to order a whole new replacement front panel for $60 to $70 if I can avoid it. Is it possible this could be a simple DIY repair? I can't tell how to remove this part to inspect it. Anyone have any advice or experience with this sort of thing? Otherwise the frig works fine.
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Old 01-08-2023, 04:14 PM   #2
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I have a 2018 Rockwood 2509s trailer with the standard Dometic frig (model 2652). My problem ..... the on/off switch on the front panel above the freezer door is sticking when I depress it, both in the on and off position. I'm not sure what to do. I'd prefer not to have to order a whole new replacement front panel for $60 to $70 if I can avoid it. Is it possible this could be a simple DIY repair? I can't tell how to remove this part to inspect it. Anyone have any advice or experience with this sort of thing? Otherwise the frig works fine.
All the manuals for this refrigerator are here:
https://techsupport.pdxrvwholesale.c...ometic-rm2652/

The display looks like it snaps into place. Have you tried GENTLY prying around the edges? As you start prying, look at the places it DOESN'T lift away. That's where the snaps are. Pry near those spots.

Once you can see the entire switch, look for a replacement at sources like Mouser, Digi-Key, Amazon, eBay, Jameco, Alliedelec, Newark, PartsExpress, Octopart, etc.

Sometimes you can find a part number or standard style number on the original part and search for that. (It's how I got perfect fitting replacements for our fan switches.) Otherwise, get the dimensions of the old switch carefully to make sure the new one will fit well.
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Old 01-08-2023, 04:27 PM   #3
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Moved thread from the General Community Discussion section to the Appliances and Electronics sub-forum since the OP is asking Appliances questions, not a general question.
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Old 01-08-2023, 05:04 PM   #4
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Had that problem once with such a switch.
I gently pried it out with a utilitie knife then sprayed a bit of WD40. Work it in and out a few times, problem solved.
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Old 01-08-2023, 06:26 PM   #5
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Thanks to both of you for your help. I dove back in and managed to find the place to pry on the little plastic clip and loosen its grip. The panel came loose and I was eventually able to remove it. I then used my advanced investigative powers to figure out how to disassemble the thing, and unplug the wires from the tiny circuit board. I then pushed on both of the switches and they worked as they are they are supposed to (in and out, in and out) freely. It appeared nothing was amiss. So I reassembled everything and got it all clipped back in place. Both switches work now. I guess maybe they somehow got stuck or maybe there was a bit of tightness keeping them from freely switching in and out. So it appears my issue is resolved. We'll see how long it lasts. More robust fail-proof switches (maybe toggle style) would have been better to go in an RV that is constantly bouncing down the road. Thanks again for the advice.
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Good to hear that you got it working.

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