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Old 09-24-2017, 12:46 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Woes

Our 08 Dynasty came factory equipped with a Jenn Air side by side. I almost did not buy this MH as some of the older high end units with house fridges had lost of problems. Older fridges were energu hogs and they killed the batteries. Fortunately my salesman was good guy who really knew is Monacos. He showed me the 8-6 volt battery bank and the inverter . I was sold! I would never go back to a propane fridge. The JenAir has worked flawlessly. Cools down quickly and the beer is cold and the ice cream rock hard. We have not used the Dynasty since April and on Thursday I started the fridge so we could load it for our trip to Mexico. 2 hours later the fridge was still cold. I panicked. Can a serviceman access all the controls, relays, etc. from the rear? What if the fridge has to come out? Would it go through a window? How many Gorillas would it take? I took off the outside body panel that filled the old vent hole. Removed the rear fridge cover and the compressor was exposed. If it needed replacement there was room to work on that part. I called a serviceman and he came out yesterday. The compressor was running. He installed a self taping fitting on one of the lines and there was no suction . Next he went inside and removed the rear panels of the freezer compartment exposing the Evaporator coil. He is to return today or tomorrow with a repair kit. He claims this is a common problem and has had good success with a repair. But here is the interesting part. If the fridge were in a house he would recommend a complete new unit. New appliances are not built to last. You fix one thing and a few months later another part goes. In no time you can spend more than the value of the fridge. He mentioned that some units have part of the coil in the wall of the fridge. If mine were built that way the fridge would have to come out! He also mentioned that some makes are worse than others. LG being rock bottom. My fridge fits in a tight hole. Installing a new one would require a cabinet maker! (not me). I think the Samsung that everyone buys has coils in the wall. I will say that a propane replacement fridge is always available in the same size. Wish me luck and I will report back when the job is done.
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Fridge is fixed and running!! Life is good!

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I have the same fridge in my 08 Dynasty. What part was replaced?

BTW, I use the vacation setting when dry camping overnight. This prevents an energy wasting defrost cycle when running on battery power.

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Our 08 Dynasty came factory equipped with a Jenn Air side by side. I almost did not buy this MH as some of the older high end units with house fridges had lost of problems. Older fridges were energu hogs and they killed the batteries. Fortunately my salesman was good guy who really knew is Monacos. He showed me the 8-6 volt battery bank and the inverter . I was sold! I would never go back to a propane fridge. The JenAir has worked flawlessly. Cools down quickly and the beer is cold and the ice cream rock hard. We have not used the Dynasty since April and on Thursday I started the fridge so we could load it for our trip to Mexico. 2 hours later the fridge was still cold. I panicked. Can a serviceman access all the controls, relays, etc. from the rear? What if the fridge has to come out? Would it go through a window? How many Gorillas would it take? I took off the outside body panel that filled the old vent hole. Removed the rear fridge cover and the compressor was exposed. If it needed replacement there was room to work on that part. I called a serviceman and he came out yesterday. The compressor was running. He installed a self taping fitting on one of the lines and there was no suction . Next he went inside and removed the rear panels of the freezer compartment exposing the Evaporator coil. He is to return today or tomorrow with a repair kit. He claims this is a common problem and has had good success with a repair. But here is the interesting part. If the fridge were in a house he would recommend a complete new unit. New appliances are not built to last. You fix one thing and a few months later another part goes. In no time you can spend more than the value of the fridge. He mentioned that some units have part of the coil in the wall of the fridge. If mine were built that way the fridge would have to come out! He also mentioned that some makes are worse than others. LG being rock bottom. My fridge fits in a tight hole. Installing a new one would require a cabinet maker! (not me). I think the Samsung that everyone buys has coils in the wall. I will say that a propane replacement fridge is always available in the same size. Wish me luck and I will report back when the job is done.
Moisheh Hi there glad to hear you are back up and running, do you happen to have any pictures of your install that you could share ? I would like to see your Jenn Air install .
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