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Old 02-26-2016, 10:52 PM   #1
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Fridge not working

We are on our very first trip and can't get our fridge to work. Yes we should have made sure before we left. We tho Get it was working but turns out it wasn't. We are boon docking so using propane and it keeps getting the red alarm. We have limited wifi so I can't search the forum. I know we have propane because the furnace works. The manual says to open the shut off valve for gas supply to the fridge but can't find where it is. Any ideas?
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:19 PM   #2
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Just to clarify the controls light up but I don't hear anything running and it isn't cooling down and after a while the red alarm light comes on.
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:31 PM   #3
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Jill, sorry you are having problems with the fridge. I double checked and we don't have an additional valve for the propane on our fridge. Here's what I would do if I were you:

1) Double check and make sure the propane is working by lighting in the stove and making sure you have a good blue flame. I think you can also see/hear the burner at the back of the stove and see whether or not it is lighting.

2) Make sure you have adequate 12 volt power -- the fridge requires 12volts to operate, even on propane. If the furnace is running, I am pretty sure you have 12 volts, but just to be sure.

3) My vague recollection is that there is a reset procedure for the fridge after it alarms. I think you have to turn it off, wait a minute or so and then turn it on again. This is the RV Dr's take on the old "Reboot your computer trick.".

4) Make sure door is closing properly -- all shelves properly secured, etc. It will alarm if the door is open for too long.

5) RBryan4 and Carl in Florida had problems with the alarm sounding even though nothing was wrong. the ultimate solution was a control board replacement, but they kept temporary sanity by unplugging the light. You can find out more in this thread

6) There is a fuse associated with the fridge. If you are getting the alarm I assume it isn't blown, but it wouldn't hurt to check it out.

I hope you find a fix!
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:33 PM   #4
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I checked mine & can't find a valve on the back of my fridge either Jill.
You won't hear anything when its operating normally... I'd suggest checking if the chimney was getting warm, but the red light means its not firing.
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:37 PM   #5
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There is a fuse back there that might've blown - that might prevent ignition ?
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Just to clarify the controls light up but I don't hear anything running and it isn't cooling down and after a while the red alarm light comes on.
Because the fridges are absorption fridges, you won't hear anything, except for if the burner is lit (and you typically have to go outside to hear that). There aren't any moving parts. Kind of like me when I wake up in the morning
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:50 PM   #7
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Thanks we will look for fuses. The good news it that it's cold out tonight so we put the food in the truck and can leave it until tomorrow to worry about. So excited to be camping for the first time!
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There is a reset spot in the refrigerator on the panel at far right of all of the settings. At least, I think so.
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Actually, I didn't replace a board. My alarm sounded the first night and I messed around with the latching mechanism (essentially jiggled it a few times) and it hasn't gone off since. And although it has been stated in several threads, absorption refrigerators do not cool off as fast as compressor refrigerators (the ones in our homes are cooled with compressors). Are you sure it is not cooling or is it just a "false" alarm.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:29 AM   #10
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Yes, it is the door not closing, read the manual on operating the door and the keeping it tight. Try it on 12v also if you have solar.
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