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Old 09-16-2019, 10:38 AM   #1
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Ammonia smell inside camper

Hi guys, i hope someone out therecan help me. A couple weeks ago i started smelling an ammonia odor that gets stronger as the day gets hotter. I only use the bathroom to urinate & that has never been a problem. The smell seems to be coming from somewhere else inside.

Can someone out there please help?
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:42 AM   #2
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RV fridges use ammonia for cooling. You could potentially have a leak and as the day gets warmer, fridge works longer/harder. I would start there.
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:43 AM   #3
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I would shut off the fridge. If it has a leak it can catch fire.
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I'd have a professional look at it, as an industrial HVAC tech I know that ammonia leaks will kill you. Keep in mind I've never had to work on my fridge though.
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X3, Open the lower vent at the rear of the fridge outside and look for any indication of a yellowish powder around the propane burner chimney .

IF there is any sign; of the powder; , shut the fridge off and make arrangements to replace the cooling unit or the whole fridge.
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X3, Open the lower vent at the rear of the fridge outside and look for any indication of a yellowish powder around the propane burner chimney .



IF there is any sign; of the powder; , shut the fridge off and make arrangements to replace the cooling unit or the whole fridge.


Thanks for info!
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X3, Open the lower vent at the rear of the fridge outside and look for any indication of a yellowish powder around the propane burner chimney .



IF there is any sign; of the powder; , shut the fridge off and make arrangements to replace the cooling unit or the whole fridge.


Boy i can only hope that it will b an easy fix!
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Boy i can only hope that it will b an easy fix!
How old is fridge? Replaced mibe last year. 2 grand parts and labor.
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Fridge 'LEAK' will allow the ammonia and hydrogen gas to escape......QUICKLY
Ammonia smell may linger but fridge will STOP cooling due to loss of ammonia vapor and the hydrogen gas


Ammonia smell from fridge leak will NOT get stronger as day goes on.......it is or isn't
NOR would it be around for 'couple of weeks'





'Ammonia Smell' could be over charging of battery....converter failing/bad battery

'Ammonia Smell' could be from Grey Tank stink via Air Admittance Valve(s) on Bathroom/kitchen sink drain lines (don't close and grey tank odors come inside RV)
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It's better to shut off your fridge as Rv fridge uses ammonia for cooling so its better to get it checked for ammonia leakage
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How old is fridge? Replaced mibe last year. 2 grand parts and labor.


I found the problem, the fridge in the o/d kitchen is leaking, so i turned it off. For the time being, the smell is gone.
I want to thank all of you that have read, or commented on my post.
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It's better to shut off your fridge as Rv fridge uses ammonia for cooling so its better to get it checked for ammonia leakage


I found the problem, the fridge in the o/d kitchen is leaking, so i turned it off. For the time being, the smell is gone.
I want to thank all of you that have read, or commented on my post.
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Hi guys, i hope someone out therecan help me. A couple weeks ago i started smelling an ammonia odor that gets stronger as the day gets hotter. I only use the bathroom to urinate & that has never been a problem. The smell seems to be coming from somewhere else inside.

Can someone out there please help?
:( Dwhyz1


I found the problem, the fridge in the o/d kitchen is leaking, so i turned it off. For the time being, the smell is gone.
I want to thank all of you that have read, or commented on my post.
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Old 09-17-2019, 05:54 PM   #14
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Had the same problem with my fridge. Cheaper to throw it away and buy residential fridge. A little tough replacing but well worth it.
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