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Old 03-07-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Refer Cooling

I cannot get the refer to cool on gas or on electric. Gas is working on stove Electrical outlets and lights work. Any ideas of where to start to find reason it won't turn on
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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I would start with the compressor not working.
Check breaker or fuse for frig, probably on its own breaker/fuse.
If that was ok, then I would research capacitor on compressor etc.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:19 PM   #3
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Is your 12 volt battery hooked up. I could be wrong, but I think it needs it to work as well.
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I would start with the easy items. In your power distribution system there are two fuses for the frig, one 12VDC fuse, and one 120VAC which one you are using depends on your cooling mode. There is also one more fuse, which many people are not aware of. It is in the control panel. You will find it if you open the outside access panel, I think it is a 1 amp fuse.
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What kind of camper and fridge do you have? Are there any lights on the fridge? How long did you attempt to cool it?
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Make sure you have power at the fridge first and start there. I know mine takes 6hrs before it starts to feel cool on electric.
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I cannot get the refer to cool on gas or on electric. Gas is working on stove Electrical outlets and lights work. Any ideas of where to start to find reason it won't turn on
Your post doesn't mention any alarms or flashing lights so I have to think either the refrigerator isn't getting any power at all or it's running. To check for power, open the refrigerator door. If your unit has a light inside, it will come on.

However, since I see this is your first posting (Welcome!), I'm going to assume you might be unfamiliar with how an RV refrigerator works.

An RV refrigerator's cooling is achieved by using the absorption method and is completely silent in operation. There is no compressor and no moving parts. Signs of cooling is not instantaneous like in a home refrigerator or air conditioner that uses a compressor. On an absorption refrigerator, the first noticible signs of it getting cold will be in the freezer. Feel the back wall of the freezer after the refrigerator's been on for several hours. You should be able to notice a difference in temperature.

For more information on how an absorption refrigerator works, you might want to click on the link below to read this document that explains it.

How Does An Absorption Refrigerator Work?
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