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Old 09-16-2018, 05:52 AM   #1
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Outdoor kitchen fridge warm

In my 27dbk I have a short outdoor kitchen. Tightly packed at the backend is the small dorm size electric refeigerator.
I haven't checked the temps precisely, but the cold beer test indicates that qhen the kitchen is closed up the fridge isn't cooling well.
Has anyone added venting or fans, or? To help these things cool better?

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Old 09-16-2018, 06:02 AM   #2
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I got two years from my outdoor refer. This year it failed. Apparently these apartment type refers donít like the heat and in confined space the piston in compressor overheats. I replaced mine. When I did I added a fan behind it. I had a vent opening from the factory. Over that opening I installed a fan I bought on amazon. It blows onto the refer compressor. Itís really amazing. The conditioned air from inside camper is pulled out the vent via fan into refer. Time will tell for me. I just did this this year. Click image for larger version

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Old 09-16-2018, 07:32 AM   #3
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the fan is a great idea I think I would add a snap disc thermostat so that when its cool outside and the furnace is running inside the rig you are not pumping warm air on the frig just a thought.
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:15 PM   #4
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Nice thought. Iím just plugging it in when I want it for now. Future mods in the off season.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:17 AM   #5
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I really don't know why the manufacturer doesn't do their homework. When you run a fridge in a tight place with minimal to no clearance around the sides and top and then on top of it shove it in a small box and close the lid you just don't get the air circulation. It's just like your fridge at home. Nice idea about the fan and I'm sure it will help. I know I have had problems with fridges in the slide out because of the lack of air movement. Since the exhaust at the top of the fridge has to angle back out the same side as the inlet you don't get the good chimney effect when it exhausts out the roof and the air just swirls around at the top. I just finished installing some flashing at the exhaust of mine that directs the heat out the louvers. Increased the efficiency dramatically.
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