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Old 09-19-2017, 06:19 PM   #1
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Refrigerator won't work

Our new in June Jay Feather 7 was used 2 weeks ago on a 4 day trip and the refrigerator worked great. It cooled down before leaving on propane and switched to electric when we were at the camp site. It remained cool on the way home on propane.
Planning on leaving tomorrow on a 3 week trip, I turned on the frig on propane to precooked. The pilot lights but the frig won't cool down. It has been on propane for 6 hours and is just as warm now as when I first turned it on.
Does anyone have any ideas?
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Old 09-19-2017, 06:28 PM   #2
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Hows the freezer? Fridge could take awhile, possibly overnight.
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Old 09-19-2017, 08:30 PM   #3
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Is the main burner working or just the pilot light?

If the main burner is working flat out it should cool unless the coolant has leaked out.

Could be that the pilot is working but the burner is not coming on due to some failure in the controls.

In mine, the pilot came on but went out when the main burner tried to come on. I cleaned the pilot area, blew out the dust and it worked.

It takes up to 24 hours to cool down all the way in warm weather. A little less in cooler weather.
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:44 AM   #4
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Just the pilot light is working. I did check the 2 fuses on the circuit board last night and they were fine. I plugged it in to house current but forced it to propane. There doesn't seem to be any attempt to light the main burner and the pilot light stays lite. Temperature in the whole frig is 84 after 20 hours.
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Pilot light?
What model of refrig do you have? I thought all relatively new refrigerators now used an igniter rather than a pilot light. Are you sure what you are seeing is not the actual heat source flame?
As said earlier, these refrigerators are just a chemical process, as long as they have heat, they should cool. In fact just last week we had a friend whose refrig would not light (spark). I just connected 12VDC to the propane valve and lit the burner, it cooled just fine. We just connected/disconnected the battery to maintain temp over the weekend.
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:40 AM   #6
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X2 on Pilot light?!?

Has the fridge been operated out-of-level (especially accidentally)?

Did you notice a particularly acrid odor?

If "yes" to either of those, things may get expensive.
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:47 AM   #7
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You got 12v?
The fridge needs propane and 12 volts to work.
Maybe make sure your battery is charged and your breaker for your 12v is on??
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:51 AM   #8
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Assuming that the refrigerator LP is functioning properly (should hear the flame at the exterior access panel), confirm that the temperature control sensor (thermistor) didn't get knocked off the aluminum cooling fins inside the fridge. There is a clip that holds it in place.

Also, the cooling process brings the freezer compartment down to temperature first, then the lower compartment follows. I find placing a couple bags of ice in the freezer it cools down faster, and once at operating temperature with the freezer maintaining 75% capacity or more the entire refrigerator runs more efficiently.

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Also, if your main burner looks like a pilot light, (there is no pilot on these fridges except on the smallest pup fridges, and they must be lit manually, so you would know if you had one), then check your propane flow.

How full is the tank? Do your stove burners light at full burner volume? If no, check the tank level and the tank valve. Close the valve, and then reopen slowly.

If you have good stove action, check the propane lines at the fridge. Is there any blockage (spider nests) or kinks in the lines?
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Don't expect it to sound like water heater when on gas. Even when on the flame is not big/ noisy.

Sounds like electrical. Have you checked DC and connections on the fridge board.
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