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Old 05-10-2015, 07:06 PM   #1
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Angry Fridge not working

I'm getting our Little Joe for the season. I turned on the fridge on electric and left it for 24 hr. When I checked it it was only 37.5 which I'm told is not cold enough so I tried the propane. I left it overnight. When I checked it out it was 130! I neglected to say the back was warm as it usually is when on electric but on propane it was very hot. I also have a small fan in the fridge to help cooling. Can someone help me with some ideas? Do I need to replace it?
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Old 05-10-2015, 07:59 PM   #2
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Not the best answer but do some google searches with the manuf and model of your fridge. Some things I have heard were carbon buildup and cobwebs. I found out how to fix mine just doing searches on the particular make and model. If it's only a few years old it probably is fine, just needs maint.
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Everything I am looking at says 35-38 ish so I think on electric you are good.
No idea about the 'oven' on propane though, sorry.
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As suggested download the manual for the fridge. Not knowing what fridge you have its hard to say what the issue may be, but on my fridge I have two separate temperature controls for it depending on whether its on Propane or Electric... both in behind the fridge.

Is the trailer level? If the trailer is not level the fridge may not be happy.
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I assume that the fan inside the fridge is supposed to mix the air to avoid stratification, and help cool the contents, but I would think twice about putting any heat source inside. Some ideas:
Is Little Joe level?
Try it without the fan?
Clean out the vents and propane burner?
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The trailer is level I failed to mention that. The fridge is a Dometic and it doesn't say anything about my problems in the manual.
Paul you misunderstood. There is no heat source in the fridge. The heat came from the propane. Somehow instead of cooling the fridge it heated it.


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did you check google?
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The trailer is level I failed to mention that. The fridge is a Dometic and it doesn't say anything about my problems in the manual.
Paul you misunderstood. There is no heat source in the fridge. The heat came from the propane. Somehow instead of cooling the fridge it heated it.


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Which model of Dometic? How old is the trailer?
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There is a thread on another site that may be of help:
http://rv-dreams.activeboard.com Refrigerator Dometic cools excellent on Electric but not Gas. Why?


Suggest its a dirty jet & burner or possible misalignment of the gas jet and the burner... they should be directly in line with each other.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:44 AM   #10
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While I have nothing to add for your problems that hasn't already been suggested, I would like to ask if your little joe is for sale.... I have been looking for one
Also would you mind some me some pics of inside&outside as well as answering some questions( weight?
What you tow it with ? And how well you like it pros & cons)
If you could send me a private msg that would be great
My email
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:54 AM   #11
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That it is working (still?) on electric is good news. The most common problem after storage for the propane side is spider webs and such in the flu tube in the center of the boiler tube. There is a "Turbulator" (fancy name for a thin strip of twisted metal) hanging down inside the tube from the top. Try removing that and cleaning out the tube with a bottle brush.


A secondary cause for the less than desired performance on electric may be a problem with your door seal.


If you look on-line there is a "Master Service Manual" for Dometic refrigerators that has more in-depth troubleshooting ideas.


Good luck and let us know what you find.
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Old 05-17-2015, 04:47 PM   #12
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1] Lose the fan - it creates more heat than it helps
2] Clean the vent as suggested - propane is much hotter than the electrical heater and it seems it is not venting , creating more heat than cooling .
3] If this does not work you will need professional help .
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I use a small 12 volt electric computer fan inside our refrigerator.

It does two thing.
First it circulates the cold air evenly through the refrigerator and
Second by blowing onto the interior fins it seems to allow the refrigerator to cool better.

Don't ditch the fan, all modern home refrigerators have interior fans circulating the air.

I'm with the crowd recommending cleaning the chimney and jet, Dometic calls for that to be done yearly.
Wasps like the sweet smell of burning propane.

I also believe the mid 30ish is what your looking for. Our kitchen refrigerator defaults to 37f.

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Don't ditch the fan, all modern home refrigerators have interior fans circulating the air.
I agree. I have a small battery operated fan in my fridge that does not generate any heat and it does help in keeping the air moving in the fridge. I have notice the fridge runs slightly warmer when the fan is not running.
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