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Old 05-29-2020, 09:00 PM   #1
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Hi and my dometic fridge

First and foremost: howdy y’all from the great state of Texas- we are weekend warriors and pavement prancers of about 16 years.. always in a bounder..

now to my question.. we have a 1999 Bounder; 36s. We have an original dometic side by side fridge.. does pretty well usually but as of last year, the fridge side is starting to get warmer, even though the freezer side iced over all the time. When I went today to grab a water bottle, it was barely cool. I was thinking about replacing the elements, but could use some theories on anything else that it could be..
thanks ahead for your advice.
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:18 PM   #2
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Time for a thorough cleaning. Full defrost. Pull your home vacuum outside and vacuum the coils and blow lots of air up through the cool chimney. Tighten all screws on the stuff in the propane areas going to the chimney. Unplug the AC, disconnect the wire that's labeled 12 Volt on the board. Pull off the controllers cover and vacuum that board off.

Okay, so now, use contact spray and a pair of needle nosed pliers and spray the board terminals than tighten all the terminals on the wires going to the board. Pull off each wire in turn and squeeze their terminal. Return them to their terminals on the board. Do the same for the 12 volt supply terminal. Plug the 12 volt back in, and then the AC cord.

Now, on the inside, with the ice all gone, repack everything making sure you don't block the flow of cold. Remember that cold falls.

Than, you might consider installing a fan inside your refer portion. That stirs the air in there and really prevents ice build up. I'm going on 4 years now and still no ice build up on the fins in the refer, all because of the fan.

Here's a link to my fan articles...if you have a 12 volt computer fan already, doesn't cost you anything but some wire and time, and the fan: Refer fan, Norcold

And here's what I did with my previous Dometic: Dometic refer fan...

The freezer is likely going to get frost build up even with the fan but you'll find it's much less. With a double style refer, it probably wouldn't hurt to put fans in the outside vent. Than of course, using a dollar bill see if your door seals are okay...not leaking. The bill should be very hard to pull out. Look for moisture on the door too...that's another tip off of a seal leak.
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:57 PM   #3
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1999 Bounder and Dometic fridge.......21 yrs

Freezer nice and compartment struggling to get/stay cold

Could be door seals, could be drip tray drin hose cracked or plug in end of hose missing ---either allows warm air IN/Cold air OUT

But more then likely cooling unit is dying.....obstruction/blockage between freezer and food compartment will allow freezer to get cold but food compartment NOT----classic sign

Changing elements will NOT improve food compartment cooling as cooling unit is for BOTH freezer & food compartment

How does it perform on GAS?

What is the model of this side by side??
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Old 05-31-2020, 10:49 PM   #4
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Couple of things to check/try
1) Low Ambient Switch....if ON it keeps food compartment light on to generate 'heat'
Used when outside temps are cool...below 50*F
Check if it is turned ON......Switch is above food compartment door/on frame under the Upper Control

2) Unplug the thermistor leads (temp sensor if food compartment)nfrom Lower Circuit Board (P2 Two Pin Connector----white wires/left side of board)
W/O Thermistor fridge will run if cooling unit is capable of cooling both compartments should get very cold (food compartment down below 36*F)

Here is a Installation-Operating Manual for your model
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