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Old 01-24-2016, 06:38 PM   #1
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Leaking Fridge?

Hello fellow RV'ers! Looking to get help troubleshooting a pesky leak around / below my fridge. I have a Dometic propane / electric fridge (Model #RM1350IMSSX) in my 2016 Tiffin Allegro RED 38QBA. I don't see any major leaking, but the wood that supports the fridge is wet and water is dripping ever so slightly. Anyone else have this issue or know where it might be coming from?

Some other clues are....it didn't start until this blizzard BUT it's still leaking like the source hasn't been stopped

The ice machine isn't working either.

Not sure if they are related or just distractors.

You thoughts?

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Old 01-24-2016, 07:02 PM   #2
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Check the drains on the back side. Mine were disconnected. Water under the tile, damaged the subfloor. Had to pull the tile, relace plywood, the re-tile.

Or since it happened after a blizzard, did the line to the ice maker freeze and break? Again, pull the cover and look behind the refer.
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply! There is a black hose sticking out of the vent and nothing noticeably leaking in the back

Also, DOES NOT smell like ammonia
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:27 PM   #4
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Check for the drain hose extending outside the compartment.
Second thought is that water line to the icemaker has frozen and split.
Good luck.
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:55 PM   #5
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I have the same frig.Have you checked to see if the heat tape that goes up the water line to the ice maker is working.When I first purchased my MH about 4 months ago the supply line for the ice maker had burnt almost into and the dealer had to replace it.They had to pull the frig out which is a pain.Just a thought,check the supply line that goes into the water valve.Good Luck.
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:08 PM   #6
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A couple years ago I had a similar situation on my Norcold 1200. I discovered the clear plastic water hose going to the ice maker had developed a pin hole leak so I shut off the water line to the ice maker as we never use it anyways.

My shutoff valve was located in the cold air return under the refrigerator.

I've seen a couple other people on here that have had the same problem with the clear hose.
So check your water line that goes to the ice maker.
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My bet is on a frozen and cracked supply line. Remove the outside cover and check along the bottom.

The other thing that can happen is the inlet to the ice maker can dam up and the pressure from the water inlet will force the tube out of the hole. Look closely for any water marks along the right side on the back.
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As stated, pull the outside cover and look for the control valve for the ice maker. There should be 2 water lines hooked up to it. 1 going up to the icemaker and the other coming from the "possible water filter under the sink". You can disconnect the one going to the ice maker and see if you can blow, very low pressure, air up thru it. If you hear the air then that line is split and needs replacing. If you don't then work your way backwards. It's also possible that the valve itself has been frozen and cracked.
You may want to also check the roof to ensure that your fridge vent cover is still there. That is a good sized hole up on the roof where it vents.
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Also check the condensate drain tube. Just under your cooling fins inside the fridge is a white plastic tray that catches condensation coming off the fins. There is a drain tube for that tray that goes to the back of the fridge. You can see that by removing the outside access panel. That tube drips to a black metal cup to evaporate. The terminus of this tube has a small stopper with a pin hole in it. Sometimes it can get clogged. Use a tooth pick to unclog it. Also wind could dislodge the tube from it's drain cup and water will drip on the floor. Be sure the tube drains to the cup.
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Find mine gets snow or water blown in via outside vent panel or roof vent at times depending on wind strength and direction during storms. When it melts it can leak onto floor froom under cabinets

Also check that drainline is draining to exterior. Mine was delivered with defrost drain line stuck inside compartment and had fun determining where water was coming in at different times. Figured it was only happening during defrost cycles.
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I agree, most likely the water is coming from the frig. There is a water catch pan under the fins inside the frig. It connects to a hose leading to an evaporation pan under the heating elements/LP flame. The hose connection to the catch pan often comes loose and leaks inside the frig or into the inner wall of the frig. This hose can become brittle and crack or break anywhere from one end to the other, which leaks water inside your RV.
This hose also has a "screen" looking plug in the end to prevent insects from crawling inside, and to prevent warm air from back-flowing into the frig. Remove this plug and make sure nothing is plugging the hose or the plug openings.
Once you determine both the hose and plug are clear, place it back inside the evaporation pan. When left outside the vent it can siphon cold air out of the frig,causing it to work harder to maintain set temperature.
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Also, DOES NOT smell like ammonia
if you smell ammonia the cooling system is leaking and needs to be replaced. Shut it off and DO NOT use until repaired.
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So I had some time to poke around the fridge today and have no idea to even troubleshoot what you guys recommend. I can barely see behind the fridge let alone fix anything. I can't pull it out either. Just a little frustrating 😡
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So I had some time to poke around the fridge today and have no idea to even troubleshoot what you guys recommend. I can barely see behind the fridge let alone fix anything. I can't pull it out either. Just a little frustrating 😡
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