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Old 07-17-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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condenser fan on refrigerator for better cooling

After camping this last weekend in upper 90 degree temps again, I decided to order a 12 volt fridge exhaust fan to remove heat from the condenser area behind the fridge on our 184BH. Our refrigerator had a hard time staying cool on AC power and did better on propane, but I have read elsewhere that these fans can help the refrigerator cool more efficiently. I was just wondering if anyone has installed one of these? I ordered a Valterra A10 FridgeCool 12 volt exhaust fan kit from Amazon, has anyone used this specific fan kit? If anyone has installed one, was it fairly simple? I am just wondering if anyone has experience with these?
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I don't have one installed but have been interested. We just returned from a week in an AR state park where the temperatures were in the mid 90's and our fridge seemed to do just fine (we were on AC while parked also). I do have one of the little fin fans (12v) inside and I think it helps with the distribution of the cool air.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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I have found much better results with a fan inside the fridge. I have a hard wired fan that I installed that clips to the fins. Huge improvement in cooling and temp consistency from top to bottom.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:18 PM   #4
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I have a fan on the inside of the fridge that runs on D size batteries and that does work well. I received the condenser fan that installs on the back of the fridge today and it really seems to work well so far. It comes with very good directions and took me about one hour to install. It seems like it was cooling much faster than normal and hot air was pouring out of the upper vent like never before. I am going to get a thermometer for the inside of the fridge tomorrow and see how low the temp gets. It is supposed to be over 100 degrees tomorrow again so I should be able to tell if the fan makes much of a difference. Last week with temps near 100 our food was not staying cool enough for me.
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I installed a pair of 110V muffin fans above the condenser coils and it made a big difference.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:56 PM   #6
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I installed a pair of 110V muffin fans above the condenser coils and it made a big difference.

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I installed a pair of 110V muffin fans above the condenser coils and it made a big difference.
Is this very hard to do? I too went camping this past week-end with our "new" tt, and it took forever to get the fridge to get going. I thought that it was broke, but after a short bit, the freezer got really cold and worked awesome, but the fridge just took forever to get cool. Is there a "how to" section in the forum? I have no idea how to remove the fridge and install those fans.
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I dont think your suppost to remove the fridge, just place it above the coils so its pulling air over them and up the roof vent. May want to try putting a small fan inside the fridge to circulate air. I believe its common for a warm fridge to take 4-6 hrs to get cool enough to use.
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I watched the temps for a few days. With only a circulating fan INSIDE the refrigerator, the temperature was around 50 degrees inside the refrigerator. With the fan installed above the coils BEHIND the refrigerator the tempertures stayed about 10 degrees cooler. The small battery operated fan that stays inside the refregerator helps with more even cooling throughout the box, but, the condensor fan on the back helps you to get much cooler temperatures. I am very glad that I put this fan on the back. It was very easy and only cost around $30 with free shipping. This is the same concept as the muffin fans, I just chose to buy it as a kit with instructions included. If you have some basic wiring knowledge it installs very easily.
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Isnip..........With the fan installed above the coils BEHIND the refrigerator the tempertures stayed about 10 degrees cooler.....
Just curious, what made you decide to place the fan above the coils, rather than below the coils (moving air over coils)?

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