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Old 07-15-2016, 06:41 PM   #1
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Fridge isn't working

Well...it's our first night out in our new 355 BHQS. the fridge turns on.....freezer works....but the fridge isn't cooling. Any ideas?? I'm new to this


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Check to make sure air is flowing (or can move from the freezer area to the fridge. This is how the lower half is cooled by the natural physics of cold air drops.


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What would block the air? Everything looks the same as when we did the walk through.


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Do you have a residential fridge or an absorption unit?

Residential units duct air to the refrigerator compartment, absorption have no direct air circulating system.
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Any items that could be in the very back part of the fridge or freezer. I know it takes several hours for the fridge section to cool and even longer if your food or drinks are warm.


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May want to check and make sure all of the foam and such was removed from the fridge, especially if it's new. Like others have said, the way most house fridges cool is the movement of air from the freezer to the refrigerator part. In some cases, theirs a temperature switch that opens a duct, allowing the cool air to fall into the refrigerator part. If that duct is blocked or taped shut, then the fridge won't cool.

Look for tape or foam blocking a duct at the top of the refrigerator.
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May want to check and make sure all of the foam and such was removed from the fridge, especially if it's new. Like others have said, the way most house fridges cool is the movement of air from the freezer to the refrigerator part. In some cases, theirs a temperature switch that opens a duct, allowing the cool air to fall into the refrigerator part. If that duct is blocked or taped shut, then the fridge won't cool.



Look for tape or foam blocking a duct at the top of the refrigerator.


I'm almost positive this isn't the residential fridge. Here is a pic. The freezer is cooling super fast. The fridge is still hot.


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I'm almost positive this isn't the residential fridge. Here is a pic. The freezer is cooling super fast. The fridge is still hot.
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If it says Norcold or Dometic, it is an RV absorption unit. They can take at least 6-8 hours to come down in temperature, that is provided it isn't loaded with warm food. If it is indeed an absorption unit, are you fairly level? And what outside temperature are you experiencing? These units tend to be less effective when you have high ambient temperatures.
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We still have some tweaking to do on this site. It's been on for a few hrs and still hot. As for level. We have the auto leveler. This site does slant and the right wheels are off the ground. This will be adjusted tomorrow.


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It doesn't have to be perfectly level, if you can walk around without holding on you are probably within refrigerator operating limits.

My Norcold takes 8 hours or so to cool in the refrigerator section empty, especially if it is over 80 degrees outside. Longer if it has food inside. It also tends to cool faster when on LP (propane) compared to electric. Electric usually is fine once down to temperature, but many users experience better (faster) cooling on gas.

Compressor-style refrigerators (residential) tend to cool down much more quickly, many love them in their RV's. Others who dry camp frequently need to sometimes take extra steps to make sure they have a reliable way to keep the refrigerator under power when not plugged in to a campground power post.
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