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Old 09-08-2011, 09:09 PM   #1
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Refrigerator question

My freezer works but the refrigerator doesn't.
I thought the light was staying on all time but that's not the case.
It is a Dometic NDR 1292 in a 2000 National Tradewinds.
Any help will be appreciated.

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Old 09-08-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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Hi,
I have the NDR 1492, and had the same thing happen. Freezer freezes, but fridge doesn't get cold.
It was diagnosed as a failed cooling unit. But, rather than have the unit replaced, I went home and took a broom stick, cut to size, and rapped on the cooling unit for a while. Apparantly that was enough ( I beat on it pretty hard. Figured whats to lose?) to free up what ever was plugging up the cooling unit, and it has worked well ever since.
Can't imagine that this will work in every instance, but I found it worth a try.
A new fridge is around $3K, a cooling unit is about $1K and that of course doesn't include the labor cost.

Anyway, the symptoms you describe most often indicate a failed cooling unit.

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Old 09-08-2011, 09:34 PM   #3
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OUCH !!!!! Hope I never need a fridge or cooling unit. I sold my 1987 22' LazyDaze for $4000. It was in excellent condition too.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:27 PM   #4
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We had the same issue last weekend when we turned the fridge on to get things loaded for our trip. The freezer was very cold but the fridge wasn't cold at all. The previous owner replaced the cooling unit only 6 months before I got it. The cooling unit was still under warranty. They paid $1000 to have it replaced.

I called the service company and the told me to switch it to the gas mode and to keep in mind the fridge takes 24 hours to completly cool. I explained the freezer is freezing but the fridge isn't cold at all. They said that is normal and to give it more time.

I took their advise, switched it to gas and the fridge cooled down in about 16 hours. I guess they were right, I switched it to AC power when we got to the campsite and it has worked fine.

The only advise I can give you is check the fuses, and to give it 24 hours and if the fridge isn't cold by then there must be somthing else wrong with it. Good luck...
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:02 AM   #5
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AND.......only load the freezer & fridge with items that are ALREADY frozen & cold. A fridge fan is vital to good circulation of cold air.

Amazon.com: Valterra A10-2604 FridgeCool 3 Volt 9.1 mA Fan: Automotive

Wally World too.

http://rveducation101.com/Articles/R...Efficiency.pdf

This is very best: I mounted a computer cooling fan inside. Tied into the always 12v wire for the light bulb. Temp in fridge is now always 40*F.

i found the install info on this forum.

Check this out. I have been repairing vehicle AC for ever, and know all this stuff, so if I can sit thru it, you can too.

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