Latch on Dometic fridge stopped "latching" - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-27-2016, 10:08 PM   #1
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Latch on Dometic fridge stopped "latching"

Yesterday the latch on my fridge stopped working ... what I noticed immediately was no click sound when closing the door. It does not look broken, but it must be(?) Anybody ever had this happen? Is there a part I should replace? Any suggestions appreciated. (I have a 16 ft scamp, 2011, I bought from original owner). It's the fridge with freezer (don't have model number handy).

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Old 05-28-2016, 12:42 AM   #2
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This sounds a bit like the problem with my 'Fridge. There is a spring in the latch that broke. I hope someone has found an inexpensive solution; I have not yet done anything to fix mine.

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Old 05-28-2016, 12:45 AM   #3
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Just a quick note - I looked online at RV forums and it's not unusual to have to replace the door handle on the fridge. My dometic model is the RM2410.

The part # to replace it is 293 16 00-02/3. The new handle cost is around $35 depending on where you buy it. Easy to replace (2 screws).

The only problem I'm having is that I can't determine WHERE mine is broken, so I just wonder if a new handle will fix my problem. Does that make sense?

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Old 05-28-2016, 12:50 AM   #4
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Dan, that spring thing is my problem I think. There is no spring in the handle itself, right? So it's the latching mechanism itself, and I don't know if I even know how to get to that. grrrrr

I also don't know if removing the handle will show me enough inside guts of the latch to let me spot if a spring (or whatever) is busted.

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Old 05-28-2016, 01:22 AM   #5
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I googled around a bit and found the solution in the attached picture. It isn't the way the factory did it, but the spring was found at a local hardware store for about $2. I'm going to try this!

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Old 05-28-2016, 01:24 AM   #6
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Take it apart Sharon, won't hurt a thing and may give you the "a ha" answer.
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Old 05-28-2016, 01:41 AM   #7
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Well, I took it apart and all I can say is that IF there's a spring in the handle itself, which is the only place there could be a spring I noticed, then mine may have broken, or -

See, there is a little skinny 2" or so pin thing that you apparently can't take out of the fridge handle, and I have two small coils (as if they could have been part of a spring) wrapped around the pin right in the center of the pin. I don't know what they do, if they helped grab the latch tab or what, or if there were supposed to be more coils that formed a spring and they broke off the pin during my travels leaving just those 2 tiny coils.

Anyway, looks to me like a new handle is all that I can do at this point and hope that helps. Dan, I doubt I can do what you're attempting, but if you do it and it works, let me know. lol
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Well, I took it apart and all I can say is that IF there's a spring in the handle itself, which is the only place there could be a spring I noticed, then mine may have broken, or -

See, there is a little skinny 2" or so pin thing that you apparently can't take out of the fridge handle, and I have two small coils (as if they could have been part of a spring) wrapped around the pin right in the center of the pin. I don't know what they do, if they helped grab the latch tab or what, or if there were supposed to be more coils that formed a spring and they broke off the pin during my travels leaving just those 2 tiny coils.

Anyway, looks to me like a new handle is all that I can do at this point and hope that helps. Dan, I doubt I can do what you're attempting, but if you do it and it works, let me know. lol
You probably had a torsion spring that was wound up and under tension. It would have been wrapped around the pin. Sounds like it broke. If you could get a new spring it would be a complicated process to replace it.
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:29 AM   #9
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You're right, Jack. I bit the bullet and bought the new handle off Amazon for $34.xx

I don't need the aggravation of trying workarounds. I'm too old.

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You're right, Jack. I bit the bullet and bought the new handle off Amazon for $34.xx

I don't need the aggravation of trying workarounds. I'm too old.

Sharon
I'm old, handy and cheap, but I would have bought a new assembly too.
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Old 05-29-2016, 09:03 PM   #11
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For whatever reason they stopped using the metal "pin" on a chain that slid through a bracket, into the fridge door. That was rock solid.

On the smaller fridges like mine, the little plastic arm that swivels around to hold the door closed is seriously weak. I'm going to replace mine with something metal at some point. Just today my fridge door was open and half the contents were scattered around my camper when I stopped...
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Old 05-30-2016, 04:07 AM   #12
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The solution the guy in this video came up with is pretty clever for a DIY effort. He uses a replacement window latch from the hardware store. A couple of screws and you are done with the job. They come in various colors so the look is not at all bad. Watch the video and see for yourself.
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Fridge door latch

I just saw the post,we had same problem with the door latch. I guess after thousands of latch cycles the spring broke. Took the door latch apart and found remnants of the latch spring, spring material .025" diameter. Went to the local hardware store and purchased ".025" music wire" 24"long for less than $2.00 made a new latch spring out of it. Took a little trial and error (prototype , field engineering), now ready to go again.
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