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Old 09-01-2017, 04:59 PM   #1
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RMD8555 starting problem

I've searching to find an suggestion or answer, but could not find one.
My RMD8555 tries to start (gas), the igniter is sparking, gas is on (stove works), but the burner will not start. I have made sure the gas orifice is clear and the igniter is the correct distance from the burner tube. I am assuming that the gas is not getting to the burner. Any ideas what else to check?
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Old 09-01-2017, 05:04 PM   #2
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I'd stick my nose in the hatch as close as possible and sniff for gas while someone inside turns on the fridge (to propane.) If no smell I would suspect either a loose wire to the fridge control in the back or to the gas solenoid valve. Possibly the valve itself, but if it's clicking probably not. Also, make sure the sparker is actually sparking and not slightly out of position (bent away too far to make a spark.)
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Old 09-01-2017, 05:11 PM   #3
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I'd stick my nose in the hatch as close as possible and sniff for gas while someone inside turns on the fridge (to propane.) .)
I believe that's how eyebrows get removed.
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Old 09-01-2017, 05:15 PM   #4
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There is definitely a spark. I can't detect any propane smell. It was running for a while yesterday, but this morning/last evening the dreaded red light came on.
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I take it you can hear the igniter clicking?
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I take it you can hear the igniter clicking?
yes, the clicking sound equals spark from the igniter.
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Old 09-01-2017, 05:50 PM   #7
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Next week we will be at a campground that has power. Which is preferable, running the fridge on 110V or 12V if I can't get propane to work??
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Definitely 110VAC unless you have a really huge battery.....
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Is it possible that one propane tank is empty and the auto-changeover feature on the regulator assy. didn't change over?
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Old 09-01-2017, 07:18 PM   #10
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Definitely 110VAC unless you have a really huge battery.....
If you are connected to a 120 V AC power supply the converter will supply the necessary 12V for the refer if that is your preference.
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Thanks.
Not looking forward to taking the trailer in for service after camping season, the last time I asked them about this fridge, they had not heard of the model.
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A few things to check. I'd make sure I was trying to pull off gas off of a full tank. I'd try to
Find somebody who would check my regulator pressure. I'd flip my automatic switchover back and forth a few times. I'd make sure all other gas consuming appliances were working properly and with a steady flame. If you have time you could watch the flame while it's on and make sure you're getting a nice even blue/ yellow flame. Right air mixture.
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:35 PM   #13
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I tried the Dometic solution to clear any potential air blockage in gas line. (Furnace runs fine.)
turn on fridge and wait for clicking cycle to stop
turn off fridge
turn on fridge and wait for next clicking cycle to stop
turn off fridge
... and repeat until it lights

tried 10 times, no luck.....................
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I was looking for a service manual, but found a western European manual that shows how to clean the burner assembly. (note there is also a high performance model)
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I tried the Dometic solution to clear any potential air blockage in gas line. (Furnace runs fine.)
turn on fridge and wait for clicking cycle to stop
turn off fridge
turn on fridge and wait for next clicking cycle to stop
turn off fridge
... and repeat until it lights

tried 10 times, no luck.....................
Chris almost sounds like what happened to us . A mobile tech said it could be a spider web in there . He said to get pipe cleaner and shoot in air with canned air you use with computers . That did it . He also mentioned to put a flea collar in back of refrigerator cavity . He said they don't like the smell it gives off. First he had me check to see if the stove top was working with gas and had a good flame . Which it did . Later I also changed the regulator and lines . So far no more trouble . Pat
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First thing I did was to clean the burner. It's a bit frustrating when it all looks okay, but no flame.
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I have made sure the gas orifice is clear and the igniter is the correct distance from the burner tube.
Just to double check, do you mean this orifice?

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First thing I did was to clean the burner. It's a bit frustrating when it all looks okay, but no flame.
Trying to remember Chris but besides the burner ,the tube on the left pushed the pipe cleaner in there . Pat
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Just to double check, do you mean this orifice?

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Hi Ron, maybe not the correct terminology, mine is a bit different shape, but it appears to be clear. Using a magnifying glass I can see the "ruby" disc with the hole in it. Propane line from fridge goes in on the left on the first photo.
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Trying to remember Chris but besides the burner ,the tube on the left pushed the pipe cleaner in there . Pat
the tube on the left is where the propane comes out, tiny hole, used compressed air to clear.
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