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Old 05-12-2010, 05:55 AM   #1
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Angry Dometic Cooling Unit Leaking

Hi All:
We have a Dometic RM2862 in our 98 DSDP. We took it to a Dometic service center to have the recall mod done and they discovered some yellow residue which indicates a leaking cooling unit that needs replacing even though the frig is working fine now.

We need your suggestions on where to purchase and how much $$$ to pay for a new or reman cooling unit or complete frig. Also, we are DIYers and would like yawls opinion on how difficult it would be to change out ourself?

Thanks in advance

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It is a bit cumbersom due to the large size of the fridge but not a difficult job at all. We did ours in about 4 hours. I can strongly suggest that you do NOT buy a new or reman Dometic unit. Rather an aftermarket new unit from a reputable manufacuter, much better quality and longer lasting. I got mine from Pines RV and it was MUCH better built than the OEM dometic unit. Cools faster and stays considerably colder.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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Amen on Pines Rv. I installed one of their units on Norcold frig and it works better than ever. Cost--1025 delivered and was fairly easy to install. I would recommend them over any dealer and its made in the USA.
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last year we replaced our 30 year old Dometic with a new one since it fit the same hole and no modes required. It is really bad they they ca;t build them like the older units...that lasted.

The new Dometic weighs 30% less than the old one.

Best price we could find on one for me to install was at PPL Motorhomes in Houston. Might be worth checking on the Internet.

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Old 05-12-2010, 08:25 PM   #5
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A year ago my coolant unit leaked and I bought a rebuilt unit for $425. I got a $100 refund when I returned the old one so it cost $325. They paid shipping both ways. It was not difficult to replace, just took about 4 hours. I had a friend help remove the refrigerator and put it back in. My refrigerator is a Dometic NDR-1062.
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Did you get unit from Dometic, or other source? I am a penny pincher, but will spend the money I need to for the best choice if needed. Thanks in advance if you post.
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Oh yeah Norm, did new unit take care of recall issue.
Thanks Iceman for info on PPl, have shopped their online stuff, they seem reasonable.
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I bought the coolant unit online and I don't remember the name of the company. You can do a Google search and find a lot of companies that sell rebuilt and new units.

I had already had the recall done on the refrigerator. All the recall does it try to prevent a fire after the unit leaks. Mine leaked when the refrigerator was turned off.
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