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Old 06-28-2016, 06:06 PM   #1
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Wall is warm next to fridge

I have a 1995 nomad TT. I fired up the fridge on propane . ( dometic )
I don't know why I did this . But I touched the wall on the left hand side of fridge and it was warm. I opened cabinet above and was really warm .
I shut it off and switched iit back to electric . Is there a fan in the fridge
Compartment to exhaust heat ?
I am going to remove cover on roof and see if there is something blocking vent. Or cold I have a leak in exhaust
Piping ? Doesn't seem safe to me.
Any help would be apreceated .
Thank nomad

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Old 06-28-2016, 06:20 PM   #2
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The refrigerator is a heat exchanger so there will be some warmth behind it, which may translate to around it as well. I have heard that some people place a small fan in the area behind the fridge to keep the temp down. As for what voltage or if this fan is thermostatically controlled, I don't know. But it is something that I have been meaning to look into.

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Old 06-28-2016, 06:55 PM   #3
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Thanks mikebreeze. Don't think I could sleep with it on and don't want a fire. I think I will dig into it this weekend at CG . I have 120 v
Control box fan I can install . Will check for
Hornets nest or some other blockage. The cover that was on it when I bought it was in rough shape. I have sence installed new cover on roof. . It just scares me . Better safe than sorry .
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the flu and other parts on most rv refrigerators are made from mild steel and will draw moisture from the heating and cooling of the system.... so the flu and other parts of the heat exchanger can just rust out.. there are also some baffles to control the sideways movement of the heat to keep the heat on the coils in the unit...

When the fridge is on AC it uses a simple electrical heating element like what is used in an electric hot water heat... but designed for this application.... with the electric element the engineer can control the heat so much better than a gas flame... but you need that 120 vac to make it work...

Carefully pull the back off and inspect what's going on.... your talking about a unit that's over 20 years old.. I'm sure your going to find a lot about what I'm talking about..

remember that if your using an inverter and the fridge draws 4 amps at 120 vac, that turns into a 40 amp draw at the batteries plus the 2-5% loss across the inverter so you'll need a hefty battery or the ability to charge it...

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