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Old 09-02-2014, 11:20 AM   #1
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Question refrigerator not running on gas

Ok-- have a 2013 Whitehawk 26 DSRB w/ Norcold frig. and when switcching to gas mode green and amber lights flash. Propane tanks are on and full,fuse is good and exhaust looks clear--- any suggestions?
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:27 AM   #2
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Did you bleed the air out of the propane system? If not, turn on the stove for a couple minutes to ensure all the air is out, then cycle the switch on the fridge and try again.

If not that, make sure the safety valves in your tanks and pigtails weren't tripped. Turn off the tank valve, disconnect the pigtail from the tank, tap the fitting on something firm, reattach the pigtails to the tanks, then turn the tank valves on VERY SLOWLY to keep the safeties from tripping again. Bleed using the stove, and cycle the fridge again.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:29 AM   #3
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Also, how long does it take for the lights to begin flashing? In my case, the fridge will try a few times to light, if it can't light on propane, the lights on the panel begin flashing. It might take a minute for the fault to show up on the fridge.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:37 AM   #4
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As Camper bob mentioned, try lighting a burner on the stove first.
Also, someone else recently had this issue on here and the gas was turned off in the access panel behind the fridge. Might want to look at that. There is a little serrated knob I think. I will look for that thread.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:39 AM   #5
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Here ya go. Page 2, post # 12 on this thread:
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/sh...t=21803&page=2
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Camper_bob, howie--- thanks much for the help--- turns out I was a little impatient --- it was air in the lines--- I just re-cycled the door switch a few times and that did the trick. I really should have known better-- next time I'll think things through. Thanks again for your quick responses. Now we're heading out to the beach for a few days and DW is happy!
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:53 PM   #7
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Camper_bob, howie--- thanks much for the help--- turns out I was a little impatient --- it was air in the lines--- I just re-cycled the door switch a few times and that did the trick. I really should have known better-- next time I'll think things through. Thanks again for your quick responses. Now we're heading out to the beach for a few days and DW is happy!
You coulda just said it was fixed. Now I'm all jealous and stuff!! Have a good trip!
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I had this problem to. First I noticed that if I lit a burner on the stove the fridge would work ok after that. I could not find a leak so I did some head scratching. I played around with this problem and found that if I turned the fridge off until I heard the relays click (about 1 -2 seconds) and then set the switch to gas it always worked. Also it worked fine if I disconnected the 110v power and let it switch to gas on its own. Bottom line is flipping the switch from auto to gas all at once just doesn't work.
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Also it worked fine if I disconnected the 110v power and let it switch to gas on its own.
This is how we discovered we had a problem. We always leave the switch set to auto. DW preps the interior for travel while I take care of the exterior. She judiciously ensured the fridge was switched to auto as per her list and instructions. We finished up departure proceedings, and got on the road. 3 hrs later she went in to use the facilities and found that the fridge had failed to light on propane. Cause? We didn't bleed the air out of the system. So when we unplugged the shore power at the house (the last step in departure proceedings), the fridge tried to light on propane, failed, and for 3 hrs those lights blinked away in the trailer. Solution: we bleed the system of air, switch the fridge to gas, let it light and run for a minute, then switch it back to auto. We also verify the fridge is running on gas before we depart, and I check it when we stop by listening to the outside fridge vent as I walk by.
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:22 PM   #10
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I had the same thing happen. That is why I got in the habit of checking the fridge after we disconnect from shore power. If you have to bleed the system to get it to work you must have a leak somewhere although it may be so slow that it isn't detectable. I have a new TT and have the same problem. My old TT I could leave untouched for long periods and never have a problem. So, I light a burner on the stove for a second or so before I disconnect shore power just in case. :-)
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