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Old 08-22-2019, 03:00 PM   #1
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Refridgerator going bad???

In preparing for our last outing, I noticed that the refrigerator was not cooling down as usual. Finally, it seemed to be getting better, but I had it cranked all the way to the highest setting. I thought maybe I had filled it too full, but honestly, no more than I'd done in the past.

I scheduled an appointment at the dealer ( since we bought the extended warranty) to have them check it out. I was wondering if any of you have had a refrigerator "slowly die" like this? I always figured they either worked or they didn't; not this kinda-sorta mood it seems to be in. The freezer is still working great, by the way, it's just the fridge...
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Old 08-22-2019, 03:57 PM   #2
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How hot is it there? Is it in a slide with vents only on the side and not on the roof? Is it parked with fridge side in the sun? If so add a computer fan inside the outside opening to blow air up and help cooling. You can tie into the 12 v on the back and install a fuse and switch. Or get a small house fan and aim it at the vent opening to move air. Could be the problem.
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As Harley said, add a computer 12Volt fan. I've added a second fan to west side fridge. My fridge is located in the slide. I've ducted the top of the rear of the fridge to get the hot air out.0729180732.jpg0709170723.jpg
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:37 PM   #4
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If it is a four door fridge check the flipper seal on the fridge doors to make sure it is sealing against the other door completely
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:07 PM   #5
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Thanks to all for your replies!

"If it is a four door fridge check the flipper seal on the fridge doors to make sure it is sealing against the other door completely"
- It's a single door and I have verified the seal is good when closed.

How hot is it there? Is it in a slide with vents only on the side and not on the roof? Is it parked with fridge side in the sun? If so add a computer fan inside the outside opening to blow air up and help cooling. You can tie into the 12 v on the back and install a fuse and switch. Or get a small house fan and aim it at the vent opening to move air. Could be the problem.
- Was 90-100 degrees on the drive up to Mammoth. Upper 70's to mid 80's during our stay. It's not in a slide, and I think the only vent is on the side, not in the roof, but I need to double check that. I intend to install the computer fan and see if that helps!
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:14 PM   #6
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There should be a vent in the roof for the hot air to escape. You might want to pull that hood off to check and see if any insulation has fallen down and blocked the air flow.
You might be able to see up from the bottom with a light and a mirror. Try that first.
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Remember, the fridge must be within 2 degrees of level for it to cool correctly.
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Also view You Tube videos from “Fords RV refrigeration” or “My RV Works” for some great informative videos that might apply to your problem.
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Old 08-31-2019, 03:00 PM   #9
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Mine has to be perfectly level or it doesn't cool ,,when its level it works perfect !
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How long were you waiting for it to cool down? They can take hours upon hours. We turn ours on the night before we're heading out on a trip.
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