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Old 11-23-2015, 08:08 PM   #1
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Essex Residential fridge help?

After returning from the last trip about 6 weeks ago, we blocked the fridge & freezer doors open and shut it off at the breaker in the electrical breaker panel in the half bath. Went this afternoon to start loading a few items for a week's trip during Thanksgiving and flipped the breaker on, but no response. Fridge controls are unresponsive. Flipped breaker on and off a few times with no positive results. Have I gone brain dead and just missed something very obvious? Any suggestions would be appreciated to help us get squared away before our scheduled Wednesday departure. Thanks in advance--
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Old 11-23-2015, 08:13 PM   #2
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Batteries charged?
Inverter on?
Hooked up to power?
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Light bulb on in refer?
If so it maybe just at the time you shut off the breaker it was in a defrost cycle. Turn breaker back on and let it recycle back on. May take up to an hour depending on how far it was in the defrost cycle when you shut off the breaker.

Also turn the cold control back on to mid position. Defrost timer may run thru cold control.

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My newly installed Frigidaire that replaced my Norcold 1210 requires two buttons to be pushed and held for 3 or 4 seconds to activate the control panel. Jim
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Light bulb on in refer?
If so it maybe just at the time you shut off the breaker it was in a defrost cycle. Turn breaker back on and let it recycle back on. May take up to an hour depending on how far it was in the defrost cycle when you shut off the breaker.

Also turn the cold control back on to mid position. Defrost timer may run thru cold control.

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Thanks for the info and suggestions. Batteries are charged, coach is actually plugged in, breaker is turned on, but no success with the fridge. No power, no lights. The Inverter says "Off" on the front LED control panel and I'm trying ever dang button I can find to push with the intent of turning it on. No success. The fridge is a Whirlpool and the coach is fairly new to us & we don't have the owner's manual for the fridge -- searching the internet now for an online manual to see if they have any tricks. Thanks again for the responses --
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Thanks for the info and suggestions. Batteries are charged, coach is actually plugged in, breaker is turned on, but no success with the fridge. No power, no lights. The Inverter says "Off" on the front LED control panel and I'm trying ever dang button I can find to push with the intent of turning it on. No success. The fridge is a Whirlpool and the coach is fairly new to us & we don't have the owner's manual for the fridge -- searching the internet now for an online manual to see if they have any tricks. Thanks again for the responses --
On your ePlex? Panel, press the INV button to turn it off and on. First press will select the screen, second press will control the state. Same function for the charger. BTW just because the coach was plugged in doesn't mean the charger was on!
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Do you have any other outlets not working? If so you may need to reset the circuit breaker on the inverter.
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Do you have any other outlets not working? If so you may need to reset the circuit breaker on the inverter.
Great input from all of you! I spoke to Josh at Newmar this morning. He said if the breaker is on, but still now power, it is an inverter issue. If pushing the inverter button on the ePlex does not cycle it on and off, I need to reset the inverter at the unit. He explained where it is (inside storage bay up along the frame rail). That's my task this morning and he was pretty confident that would do the trick. Can't believe how nice and friendly the factory rep was-- have to believe he had better things to do that answer goofy questions from some guy in Texas but he was super and seemed genuinely happy to help. Thanks again to all & safe travels--
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Great input from all of you! I spoke to Josh at Newmar this morning. He said if the breaker is on, but still now power, it is an inverter issue. If pushing the inverter button on the ePlex does not cycle it on and off, I need to reset the inverter at the unit. He explained where it is (inside storage bay up along the frame rail). That's my task this morning and he was pretty confident that would do the trick. Can't believe how nice and friendly the factory rep was-- have to believe he had better things to do that answer goofy questions from some guy in Texas but he was super and seemed genuinely happy to help. Thanks again to all & safe travels--
Quick update -- the rese of the 30amp breaker on the inverter did not fix the problem. I called the factory and they were very helpful in walking me thru several things to try and diagnosis the problem, but still no power coming from the inverter, although there is power going to it. Looks like a new inverter is in my future. The fun continues...
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Try a hard reset. Turn it off at the inverter then turn it on and hold the button for 15 seconds. (I am going from memory on the procedure, I had to do it several years ago and it is not in the manual.)
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Quick update -- the rese of the 30amp breaker on the inverter did not fix the problem. I called the factory and they were very helpful in walking me thru several things to try and diagnosis the problem, but still no power coming from the inverter, although there is power going to it. Looks like a new inverter is in my future. The fun continues...
I would unplug from shore power as is and see if the inverter will go into invert mode. If it does, I would see if your refrigerator powers up. I would then plug back into shore power and see if you get power to the refrigerator. If not, I would give the inverter a "rap" with your fist. I think the transfer switch is stuck in the inverter. Try unplugging,a few times, try even your generator.
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