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Old 07-02-2012, 10:04 PM   #1
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5th wheel fridge problem

I went to start up our fridge for the first time this year and it is not working off ac/dc or gas. Originally the igniter wasnt firing but after being plugged in for a while, I managed to get the pilot lit. Other than the pilot though, nothing else worked the fridge/freezer unit never got cold at all. Any ideas?
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:43 AM   #2
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Whats the info on the fridge, did you check the the plug at the back they are GFI protected being it outside make sure it's not tripped there won't be a reset there but it on the inside bathroom or kitchen area.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:10 AM   #3
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Have you any indication on the front of your ref. that it has power? If not you do not have 12v to the control board, without it, it will not power up the ref. in either gas or elect. If not check for a fuse [12v], it may be the fuse on the circuit board [outsiide ref. vent] under the circuit board cover. 12volts is supplied from the circuit board to the ref. for the control panel on the front of the ref. giving you mode and temps settings. Someone else may have other hints. More information on what it's not doing may help as well. Good luck.
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Sorry I forgot about that part. Originally there was nothing on the front display. Then I left the trailer plugged in for a while and the display at least came up. However, when I went to start it on gas for example, it just stayed on "gas" even though the igniter was not firing and it didn't go to "check". Then I unplugged the back on the fridge from the outlet and plugged it back in. This seemed to fix something because the display worked and the igniter and pilot worked for the first time, but nothing got cold.
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Sorry I forgot about that part. Originally there was nothing on the front display. Then I left the trailer plugged in for a while and the display at least came up. However, when I went to start it on gas for example, it just stayed on "gas" even though the igniter was not firing and it didn't go to "check". Then I unplugged the back on the fridge from the outlet and plugged it back in. This seemed to fix something because the display worked and the igniter and pilot worked for the first time, but nothing got cold.
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It takes the unit at least 12 hours to cool.

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It takes the unit at least 12 hours to cool.

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As Ken said, It takes 24 hours to get cold. Do you have it working now? I have a indoor outdoor wireless therm. that when checking for temps I put the outdoor one inside to see what the unit is doing. No guess work when doing that. Good luck hope alls fine.
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I ended up taking my trailer in to get the fridge looked at and one look by the tech told him the yellow fluid out the back meant a shot fridge. Anyone know where to look online for a used fridge? This was a Norcold 6030. They want $1700 to replace or $1200 to rebuild the cooling unit.
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I ended up taking my trailer in to get the fridge looked at and one look by the tech told him the yellow fluid out the back meant a shot fridge. Anyone know where to look online for a used fridge? This was a Norcold 6030. They want $1700 to replace or $1200 to rebuild the cooling unit.
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Thanks - Good link - bookmarking that for future reference !

What a great name for a refrigerator guy Frost !!!
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As Ken said, It takes 24 hours to get cold. Do you have it working now? I have a indoor outdoor wireless therm. that when checking for temps I put the outdoor one inside to see what the unit is doing. No guess work when doing that. Good luck hope alls fine.
I use this thermometer trick too. It's a wireless unit and the outdoor sending piece is always in the fridge - Velcro. The indoor component then shows the room temp and the fridge temp side by side. I was paranoid when I got a new 5th wheel with all automatic controls on the fridge. There is no way to know if it's actually working without some kind of monitor. Works very well!

buddyhackit9; sorry about your trouble and that expense!
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