DM2663 fridge qwerk? - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Problem Solving | Owners helping each other
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-15-2017, 08:47 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Notasulga, Alabama
Trailer: 2010 EggCamper (#083); 2017 Escape 21 (#053); 2016 F-150 5.0L FX4
Posts: 1,732
DM2663 fridge qwerk?

Riddle me this.... So far, we've been camping exclusively at full hook-ups with our 2017 21', so all AC power, haven't even cracked open the valves on our propane tanks yet. Dometic 2663 freezer holds at 0-2 degrees, fridge at 34-36 degrees. All has worked fine until the end of a four-day trip to the gulf coast this past weekend. Breaking down camp for the trip home, we pressed the "OFF" button, and as expected, all the lights on the fridge went out. But NOT expected, the fridge kept running. Disconnected the AC power cord, fridge still kept running with no lights on the control panel. It had to be running on DC, but no lights on the control panel to indicate. Drove a few miles down the road, fridge still running with no lights on the control panel. Finally flipped the main DC switch to "OFF", and fridge finally stopped running. Flipped switch back on, fridge started running again - still with no lights on the control panel. Flipped switch back off for the rest of the trip home and overnight. Today, plugged trailer into house 120V AC. Everything worked fine on AC (air conditioner, microwave, etc.), including the lights on the fridge control panel - EXCEPT the fridge itself. Switch fridge to DC, it runs fine. Switch it back to AC, it stops. I reset the fridge breaker and checked all five of the fridge-related fuses (1 amp, 3 amp, 5 amp and two 30 amps), and they are all good. So what gives? Why would the fridge not shut off when we broke camp until we threw the main DC switch, and why would it run without any lights displayed on the control panel? And why will it not run now on AC, just on DC? Any suggestions before I pester Rease and Dometic?
__________________

War Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2017, 09:19 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,308
Took me a while to figure out that issue of it not running when switching from one source to another and having the alarm sound. Seemed to remember I could eventually get it to work, however if you place it on Auto, then it senses when you are plugged in and automatically switches over. Then when you unplug, as long as the propane is on it ignites- assuming there is no other problem.
__________________

Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2017, 10:14 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Notasulga, Alabama
Trailer: 2010 EggCamper (#083); 2017 Escape 21 (#053); 2016 F-150 5.0L FX4
Posts: 1,732
Ross, Thanks for your feedback, but at least part of the problem is that the fridge's "Auto" setting isn't recognizing the availability of 120V AC power, when everything else in the camper does, so it switches to DC. Perhaps that's not the end of the world as long as the converter and solar system keep enough charge in the on-board battery to run the fridge, but they shouldn't have to if "Auto" would/could recognize the available AC power. Still a mystery, at least to me anyway.... Dale
War Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2017, 10:36 PM   #4
Site Team
 
rbryan4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Canyon Lake, Texas
Trailer: 2015 19 "Past Tents", 2018 F150 2.7L Ecoboost
Posts: 9,420
Dale, if you can't manually select A.C. power when you're on shore power, that would seem to me to be a problem with the control board. Just a guess. I've also heard of control board issues where the fridge is designed to continue running if the board has a problem - to prevent spoiled food until you have the opportunity to remove it. No lights but fridge running sounds similar to that.

Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
__________________
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
rbryan4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2017, 10:47 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,308
Am thinking the same thing if it chooses DC over AC when plugged into shore power. Probably time to see a Domestic Service Center unfortunately.
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2017, 10:54 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
float5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Denison, Texas
Trailer: 2015 21'; 2011 19' sold; 4Runner; ph ninezero3 327-27ninefour
Posts: 5,156
Okay, I have to ask the stupid question: If there are no lights, how do you know it is running? We cannot hear ours running. I guess you can.

We have a different one but it will not shut off sometimes and has the light still on. Have to keep trying to shut it off.
__________________
Cathy. Floating Cloud
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.... "
Emerson
float5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2017, 02:54 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Olympia wa, Washington
Trailer: 5.0TA 2017
Posts: 1,877
Sounds like mine when the control board started to give out
Fox hunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2017, 06:46 AM   #8
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,354
Quote:
Originally Posted by float5 View Post
Okay, I have to ask the stupid question: If there are no lights, how do you know it is running? We cannot hear ours running. I guess you can.
I was thinking the same thing. There's nothing in an absorption refrigerator that makes noise, like a compressor.

Are you sure it's not the "Texas Fan" option you're hearing run?
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward
2014 Escape 5.0TA
Donna D. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2017, 07:27 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Notasulga, Alabama
Trailer: 2010 EggCamper (#083); 2017 Escape 21 (#053); 2016 F-150 5.0L FX4
Posts: 1,732
Thanks, all. Our DM2663 has a low but detectable hum when running. If it is supposed to be absolutely silent, maybe that's yet another problem (although it works great when working). We know what the external fridge fan sounds like, and it was not running at the time. Plus it was around 60 degrees outside the morning the fridge wouldn't shut off, so the external fan shouldn't have been running. I didn't feel the need to turn the external fan's manual switch to "OFF," but perhaps I should have. Regardless, none of that addresses why it now won't run on AC?
War Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2017, 07:51 AM   #10
Site Team
 
rbryan4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Canyon Lake, Texas
Trailer: 2015 19 "Past Tents", 2018 F150 2.7L Ecoboost
Posts: 9,420
Quote:
Originally Posted by War Eagle View Post
Thanks, all. Our DM2663 has a low but detectable hum when running. If it is supposed to be absolutely silent, maybe that's yet another problem (although it works great when working). We know what the external fridge fan sounds like, and it was not running at the time. Plus it was around 60 degrees outside the morning the fridge wouldn't shut off, so the external fan shouldn't have been running. I didn't feel the need to turn the external fan's manual switch to "OFF," but perhaps I should have. Regardless, none of that addresses why it now won't run on AC?
Dale, I'll just repeat what I mentioned above. If it won't run on AC, that suggests a problem with the circuit board or wiring. I would also check the AC plug in the back to see if it has power. If it does, you could have a bad board. They have been known to go out, even on new fridges.



Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
__________________

__________________
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
rbryan4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:24 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.