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Old 06-07-2023, 06:55 AM   #1
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Refrigerator not working

My fridge stopped working on my 2020 Jayco Precept.
It is a Norcold fridge, and I have lights on inside.
It is not getting cold on gas or electric.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I've already lost $$$$$ on food going bad.
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Old 06-07-2023, 07:04 AM   #2
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My fridge stopped working on my 2020 Jayco Precept.
It is a Norcold fridge, and I have lights on inside.
It is not getting cold on gas or electric.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I've already lost $$$$$ on food going bad.
With absorption fridge, usually that is due to not being level when getting ready to use (ex. driveway slope) even if light is green on unit. Can try to burp the fridge. Drive up/down some big hills.

Backup is to use a big cooler that can fit in RV, until fridge resolves itself.
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Old 06-07-2023, 07:30 AM   #3
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Can I burp it without driving it?
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Can I burp it without driving it?
You have to take it out and turn it upside down.

Did the freezer get cold? If it did, it could be a bad thermistor.
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Freezer is warm.
I hear the gas going, but no cold.
I try electric, but still no cold.
It lets me switch between the 2, but still nothing.
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Freezer is warm.
I hear the gas going, but no cold.
I try electric, but still no cold.
It lets me switch between the 2, but still nothing.
Do have any ammonia smell in the outside vent?
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No ammonia smell
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Can I burp it without driving it?
Unless you take the fridge out like the other poster mentioned, no you have to drive around. We had to on a trip last year, was lucky as finally came around.

Those fridges can tolerate up to about 3 degrees off but really needs to be level.

Can always use a cooler if in a bind. Good luck.
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She's working!!!!!!
Thank you everybody for all your help.

Now for the next problem.

Front fan not working.
Had some major fogging while driving (not good).
Unplugged it a couple of times, and it would work until I turned it off and back on again.
The little AC light doesn't come on except when I unplug the fan motor.
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You burp it? Kick it? Lol
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Kicked it, then burped it, then unplugged it for 12 hours.

It has to be in that order. If you kick it too late, your ice cream will melt.
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Have you checked your 12V DC thermostat? I had the same issue and was told to, kick, turn upside down, gonna cost $2500.00 to fix or $5000.00 to replace etc.. The indicator was the cooling fans on the back of the fridge not coming on. A $9.00 part available most places.
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Every time I read absorption refrigerator issues I feel for the poor victim dealing with it. Take no offense in my reply, but after 8 years of RVing with 3 different rigs with LP fridges, constantly throwing out food, buying ice, ordering parts, I’m very happy we went with a 12V compressor fridge!
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Honest to goodness you guys know everything. I learn SO MUCH just reading your suggestions and I don't even have a problem!
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My fridge stopped working on my 2020 Jayco Precept.
It is a Norcold fridge, and I have lights on inside.
It is not getting cold on gas or electric.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I've already lost $$$$$ on food going bad.
I had issues with my absorption fridge not getting cold. Level is so important with these sensitive fridges. I replaced mine with a dc fridge and added an extra 100 amp lithium battery. No more losing all my food. I love it.
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I had issues with my absorption fridge not getting cold. Level is so important with these sensitive fridges. I replaced mine with a dc fridge and added an extra 100 amp lithium battery. No more losing all my food. I love it.
I guess if youíre a diehard boondocker I can see the attraction having an absorption fridge. But I just added more battery power when we went 12V. I have a new 190 AH AGM for my coach and purchased a 3,034 WH solar generator. Canít say I need much more to run my DC fridge for our needs. But We only do the ocational 1-2 nights off grid!
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I guess if youíre a diehard boondocker I can see the attraction having an absorption fridge. But I just added more battery power when we went 12V. I have a new 190 AH AGM for my coach and purchased a 3,034 WH solar generator. Canít say I need much more to run my DC fridge for our needs. But We only do the ocational 1-2 nights off grid!
Iíve been able to get 4 days on 200 amps of lithium batteries and 160 watts of solar. You should have plenty of power. Thatís more than I have.
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Iíve been able to get 4 days on 200 amps of lithium batteries and 160 watts of solar. You should have plenty of power. Thatís more than I have.
Yes, I should be able to get more, I just havenít had the need as of yet. I did add 200W of solar to the roof and have another 100W that I havenít added yet. Just havenít had the need.

I might add, the biggest draw is upon startup, if Iím not plugged in itís a significant draw but then idles down to around 27W after it reaches temperature. My solar gen states 50 hrs of run time left after an overnight start up. And this is without hitting my coaches AGM, or augmenting with solar. So Iím SWAGing I can do a good 3 days with conservation!
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