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Old 06-24-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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Fridge temp?

Hi all,

For those of you with fridge thermometers ... what's the average temp you can expect in your fridge? Our fridge will shut off anytime we move the trailer, so Reace has suggested that we take it in anyway ... but we also realized this week that even running at "max" it is only cooling to about 55 degrees, which resulted in some milk going bad, and worse, lukewarm beer.

Part of the problem may be that the fridge is not sealing ... it looks like the door is hung crooked, and it seems like air may be escaping the seal at the bottom. Not sure if that is it, or if there's something else going on, too. But I also want to make sure we aren't expecting it to be super cold when it never will be ...

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Old 06-24-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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Re: Fridge temp?

Hi: medora...Guess our fridge thermo isn't very accurate. It's hanging from one of the wire racks and reads 28*f. The recommended way to check from Dometic is with a glass thermo in a glass of water.
Our 5cu. ft. fridge is on elect. set at 3 and not been opened in days. I always make sure to close the door and give it an extra squeeze shut to seal the gasket.
While I was out there I brought in a diet soda. Cheers Alf
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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Re: Fridge temp?

I use an indoor/outdoor thermometer with the wireless outdoor sensor in the fridge to monitor the temperature. On propane, I usually set the temperature dial to 3 and this keeps it at 3 degrees C. If it is a hot day, I may see the fridge temperature start to go up and then I set the fridge to 4. This is for a 5 cu ft fridge. If you have one of the smaller ones, it is probably different.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:07 PM   #4
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I agree with what has been said above. Our 5 cu. ft. fridge is always on #3 and it keeps the kids milk and, more importantly, my beer very cold. I have also installed a low voltage squirrel cage computer fan on the back of it to move air up and out when we go on our annual trip to southern Utah in August.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:05 PM   #5
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Re: Fridge temp?

Thanks all. Clearly there's more than just one problem with this fridge. It's the 5 cubic foot, btw, and 55 F is roughly 13 C, so we aren't even in the ballpark. No wonder the milk is curdling.

Hopefully there's a good service joint around here somewhere.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:09 AM   #6
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Re: Fridge temp?

You may have a thermostat problem. When the service man removes the fridge have them check to make sure the hinge screws are tight top and bottom.
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Re: Fridge temp?

We had to change out our electric thermostat, and it fixed it up good. We too use a fridge fan to keep temps even throughout, and set it so it is a couple degrees above freezing inside.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:21 AM   #8
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Re: Fridge temp?

Really appreciate all this, guys ... Curious if you recommend a particular fridge fan?
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Re: Fridge temp?

I just picked up a fan at a local RV store. Not very expensive at all, and uses two D cell batteries that seem to last forever, though it is only on when the fridge is running. It is about 3"x3"x4"Tall, and sits on the bottom shelf.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:30 AM   #10
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Re: Fridge temp?

Fridge temp on my 3.5 Dometic was affected when the temp. sensor fell off the cooling fin, and the gas flow was restricted by the manual shut-off valve being partly closed. Paper clip fixed the sensor.

I also put a very small washer under the plastic catch, on the top of the fridge door, to raise the catch and increase its contact. Door had a habit of popping open on the road, bad for cooling. Has been great since.
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