RV Refrigerator Troubleshooting: Refrigerator Shelves

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What’s better than a refrigerator that goes wherever you go? The RV Refrigerator is arguably the most important appliance in your RV, and it can help us to live comfortably in our RV. With that being said, many RVers find that there are some small frustrations that can come along with having an RV refrigerator, and may have to resort to some RV refrigerator troubleshooting. Many times the wire shelving inside of an RV refrigerator can be a bit uneven and at times cause a rattling sound that irritates some RVers. In this video, the solution that many RVers have to this RV refrigerator troubleshooting problem is discussed. It is important to know, however, that the common solution to this problem may actually be causing more serious issues with your RV refrigerator, and lead to even worse problems involving refrigerator temperature. Learn how to preserve the proper temperature in your RV refrigerator and what NOT to do in order to maintain proper air flow inside of the refrigerating unit. This will ensure efficiency in your RV Refrigerator. Learn more about RV refrigerator troubleshooting today in this informational RV video clip.

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4 Responses to “RV Refrigerator Troubleshooting: Refrigerator Shelves”
  1. George

    Hi, I’m new to RVing. I have a small truck camper I bought used, it’s a 2013 and the problem I’m having is that it seems to take a long time for the fridge to cool down. I took the camper out last weekend and so turned the fridge on early Thursday am. and it still was not to temp by Sunday, the freezer had just barely begun to freeze by Sunday. The fridge is a Dometic and operates on propane and electricity it also has a cooling fan. I live in the mountains off the coast of California so the ambient temp was in the 70’s. Is this typical for an RV fridge? or is it in need of charging? Any advice/help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time George

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    • Customer Service

      Hello George,

      Welcome to the wonderful world of RVing George! It does take longer
      for an absorption refrigerator or RV fridge to cool down, but not three
      days? There are several great videos on the site showing the
      operation and even cooling tips. First, understand that it’s very
      difficult to start with a warm or hot refrigerator and warm food and get
      it to cool down quickly as the absorption refrigerator heats a solution
      that vaporizes, travels up the cooling unit and turns back to a liquid and
      uses heat obtained from the inside of the refrigerator to change back to a
      vapor which creates cold inside the refrigerator. Starting with warm
      everything takes a long time to cool down. It’s best to let the
      refrigerator cool empty first and cool or freeze items in a residential
      refrigerator if possible, or buy cold food? That’s not always
      possible I know, so here are a couple other tips. Make sure the back
      of the refrigerator is not facing the heat of the sun during the hot
      portions of the day. Check your thermistor inside on the fins to
      make sure it’s not frosted over or frozen then move it a little higher on
      the fins towards the warm air rising. Get a circulation fan for the
      inside. Turn everything off and use an air compressor with nozzle to
      clean off the coils in the back vent as well as the burner assembly and
      flue. Make sure you wear safety glasses as there will be soot and
      dust flying. The system is a closed system so it can not be
      “charged” like typical Freon based systems. If you still have
      issues, take it to a dealer to have the cooling unit checked.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  2. Loren Foos

    My rv fridge will not work on propane but works fine on electricity. How can I troubleshoot?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Loren,

      There are several videos on the site regarding refrigerator
      troubleshooting starting with a quick reference to the code you should be
      getting on the monitor panel inside? If the refrigerator works on
      120-volt power and will not light on LP, start by verifying you have good
      LP pressure by trying the stove top. Next, turn the refrigerator
      off, then on to the LP or Gas setting. Standing outside, listen for
      the clicking sound of the spark probe trying to light the LP in the burner
      assembly. It will try to light for a specific time, then stop for a
      short time and try again. It will try for 3 attempts typically then
      fault out giving a code at the monitor panel. If this is the case,
      you may have a plugged or dirty orifice that isn’t allowing gas to the
      burner assembly in which case you can blow it out with an air
      compressor. Check out the video on this operation. It could
      also be a cracked ceramic probe assembly in which case the spark is
      traveling down the crack rather than to the burner assembly known as
      carbon tracking. You can verify this by removing the cover to the
      assembly and watching the spark travel. It could also be a
      misaligned spark probe. If it is not clicking or attempting to
      spark, then it could be a blown 12-volt fuse in the module board which you
      would to remove the cover and verify 12-volt power to the fuse and
      beyond. There is also a good video on this procedure. After
      that, it could be a defective gas valve or even a closed valve in the
      line?

      Hope this helps,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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