Refrigerator Problem - Luxury Coach Lifestyles
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-21-2009, 08:34 PM   #1
GORDON HUMMEL
Senior Member
 
GORDON HUMMEL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Forest Ranch, Ca for the summer
Posts: 299
Default Refrigerator Problem

On my trip west, I started to notice that while traveling the frig check light would come on & was not cooling. When I was plugged in at night it was OK. The third morning I woke up to no cooling at all. I Have now had a chance to check things out & the gas light's fine & keeps going, but no cooling. In the past I had a fridge that started to fail & I could smell ammonia so I assumed the cooling unit leaked, was 18 years old so replaced the frig.
This unit is a Dometic RM2852, auto temp control & is 6 years old & I have not smelled any ammonia.
Any ideas on the problem!

Gordon
__________________

__________________
Gordon Hummel
1991 41.5' #266
8v92
2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Toad
Fulltime on the road
GORDON HUMMEL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2009, 01:30 AM   #2
fulltiming
Senior Member
 
fulltiming's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,557
Default

If it does cool on gas with a good flame or on electric, you likely have either a bad temperature sensor, a bad board (neither of which is likely if the flame continues to burn or the element is continuing to heat) or a plugged ammonia coil.
__________________

__________________
Michael and Georgia Day
1992 Newell 43.5' #281
8V92 DDEC-2, HT740
PT Cruiser GT with Remco Transmission Pump
https://newellowner.com/newell-photos/
fulltiming is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2009, 03:38 AM   #3
prairieschooner
Senior Member
 
prairieschooner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Idyllwild, CA
Posts: 1,340
Default

I think what Michael is saying is to try the Refer on Gas...then try the Refer on Electric. If one or the other works then this will help to isolate the problem.
If one or the other works then the problem would be with that portion of the system. I believe that the Electric is with a Heater Element and then the Gas is with the Burner.
My Airstream had a problem and I was able to get the Refer rebuilt by a local company. On our Airstream the Ammonia had leaked out and the Refer wouldn't work on either system.
__________________
have Coach will Travel
Steve & Tricia
1982 Newell 38' (built before #1) 6V92 DD, 5 Speed Allison, 12.5 KW Kohler, Couch used to make into a Bed but I fixed it!
https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=214
2007 Yukon, 1981 CJ7 Laredo, 2002 Honda CRV, 1955 Thunderbird, 1952 Pontiac Sedan Delivery, 1952 Ford 8N, 1958 Airstream, 1959 Glasspar 16' Avalon, Cabin in the Woods........what will I work on next
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
prairieschooner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2009, 01:09 PM   #4
fulltiming
Senior Member
 
fulltiming's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,557
Default

Thanks Steve. I had one very poorly worded response. A more detailed process would be:

See if refer cools on either gas or electric. If so the cooling unit is likely good. If it doesn't cool on either then there are a couple of options. One is a faulty control board/thermostat. If the gas or electric element are actually running for extended periods without the refer cooling, the control board and thermostat are likely not the problem and the cooling unit is the likely suspect. The electric element is the best test since if it gets hot and stays hot you can virtually eliminate everything but the cooling unit where a gas flame could be present and still not providing much heat if the ventilation is not good.

Certainly the smell of ammonia is typically associated with the loss of ammonia. Also check for a yellowish green powder on the back side of the refer. That would also indicate a hole in the cooling unit.

A loud gurgling sound may also be present when the cooling unit has a leak although when most of the ammonia has escaped that will stop. A plugged coil can stop the circulation of the ammonia and result in loss of cooling.
__________________
Michael and Georgia Day
1992 Newell 43.5' #281
8V92 DDEC-2, HT740
PT Cruiser GT with Remco Transmission Pump
https://newellowner.com/newell-photos/
fulltiming is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2009, 09:35 PM   #5
GORDON HUMMEL
Senior Member
 
GORDON HUMMEL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Forest Ranch, Ca for the summer
Posts: 299
Default

thanks to all. I did notice a yellowish green powder just under the gas burner, so I suspect that I had a loss of ammonia. I was wondering what it was & now, thanks to Michael, I know.

Gordon
__________________
Gordon Hummel
1991 41.5' #266
8v92
2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Toad
Fulltime on the road
GORDON HUMMEL is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Newell Coach Corporation or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT. The time now is 08:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×