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Old 09-16-2014, 11:41 AM   #1
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Fridge stopped firing up on propane

I used propane several times on my first camping weekend, but on the last day noticed the fridge wouldn't light up anymore. Tried multiple times since then with no luck. When I pulled off the back bottom cover I could smell gas so know it's flowing. Stove, water heater, and furnace all work so I'm thinking there's a safety somewhere I tripped? Either that or the igniter went out at a bad time. I did open and close the valve several times and connected a gas meter in-line.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:58 PM   #2
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You should be able to determine if the igniter is working. You should hear a tick-tick-tick when it tries to light. If you do not hear it then that is probably the problem.
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I hear the bang when it's pushed in. This is the manual 3 way Norcold fridge.
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Still no luck, I'm going to swap out the tank and see if that works.
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:39 PM   #5
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Is there a purge valve I can check?
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Post Fixed!

Chalk this one up to newbie inexperience.

After reading the install and owner's manual I got a feel for how the fridge works on propane. The charts at the back helped a bunch. Below in the picture that thing on the right side is called the burner box. Mine had it's door open when I checked, which is not how it's supposed to be. That was not the cause of the problem however, although it would probably cause it to blow out if I was pulling it while running.

Essentially the burner orifice was dirty between the electrode and was bridging the gap, causing it to not fire. After a quick cleaning and brushing off the soot, it fired right up! I'm happy

This is obvious to old owners but I hope someone like me will read it in the future and have it help them.
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snip..... Mine had it's door open when I checked, which is not how it's supposed to be. That was not the cause of the problem however, .....snip
I wonder if it was the cause of the soot building up on the orifice, effecting the proper air flow over the orifice?

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