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Old 04-26-2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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Fridge not working correctly

On April 19 we picked up our new 5er. I noticed the fridge didn't seem very cold. Bought a fridge thermometer on Wed. The coldest the fridge got was around the low 40's....breifly. The freezer was in the upper 20's . It's got a Dometic 2852 fridge, plus like I said, it's brand new. Also I installed one of those fans to put in the fridge...nothing. Does anyone have any ideas on what is wrong?

Kind of a PITA! We took our first trip this summer & used an ice chest for our food.

I've tried adjusting the thermostat, but that didn't work, it's just those one of those plastic things on the fin in the gack of the fridge, but after about 5 days still nothing. I'll probably have to break down & call the dealership in the morning. Kind of hate to, as it's quite a drive.
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I am sure you have had the coach level when using the refrigerator as this is very important. Have you inspected the venting up the back side of the refrigerator? Does it vent through the roof or sidewall?
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Just a related suggestion: The proper way to check fridge temperature is to put a thermometer in a glass of water. That way you measure how cold the food gets rather than the temperature of the air currents in the box. Sometimes it can be quite a difference.

Sounds to me as though your outside vent area is not allowing enough air flow OR heat from the cooling unit is getting in/around the sides of the fridge box. The latter is a faulty installation problem but not all that unusual. Read your fridge installation specs concerning side & top clearances - it's in the owner manual.
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question....... Will the refer work on 120 volt shore power properly. If it does work on shore power you may need to clear the mud dobber nest our of the burner tube. Or you may need to soak the ''gas jet'' in rubbing alcohol and clean it with a ''Q" tip.
Send more info and we can solve this problem...... also you can Google Dometic and you will get a ''help number'' call that during regular business hours and they will tell you what is wrong no charge .....
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Seajay: This is a brand new rig, just picked it up from the dealer on the 19th. There are no mud dobber nests in it. The freezer will get down to about 5 degrees, but the fridge only about 55.

Took it to the dealer yesterday, and just got done talking to them. So far, they think that the cooling unit may not be working. Guess we'll be using an ice chest for a while longer!
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