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Old 08-21-2011, 11:36 AM   #1
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When I tried to start the refrig. it wouldn't start on electric, so, I put it on propane and when I came back later tocheck the refrig, we found the the wall inside the 5er by the tv and outlets was very hot (maybe could cause a fire)so I checked outside and sawthe fan for cooling the unit was not working. In checkingI saw thata kitchen outlet need to be reset and when I reset the outlet, the fan started.

The question I have is why could you run the refrig. on propane without a fan to force the air through the vents? It seems to me that it shouldn't start at all for saftey reasons.

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Old 08-21-2011, 11:55 AM   #2
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Not sure I understand how the 2 are related, my refer does not have a fan. It will take awhile for the "electric" whether on a/c or d/c voltage, to cool a hot refer,due to the ammonia absorption process. We start ours on gas so it will cool faster on propane, then it will default to a/c, when we are hooked up to shore power. IMHOEdited by: FFFord
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The "vent fan" is thermostatically controlled off the fins on the back of the frig.

It should turn on when the temp. gets to about 100 degrees or so and off when it gets down to about 85 or so.



The fan is not to keep the back cool but to move more air across the cooling fins during very hot weather.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:59 AM   #4
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Steve, are you sure you do not have a fan behind the fridge to blow air up across the coils and out the top vent on the roof? If not we have a project at the rally. I will supervise!
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:01 PM   #5
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Steve, are you sure you do not have a fan behind the fridge to blow air up across the coils and out the top vent on the roof? If not we have a project at the rally. I will supervise!


Nope, I have not seen one. You supervise my fan & I'll supervise your water leaks.
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(The fan is not to keep the back cool but to move more air across the cooling fins during very hot weather.)



I have to think it is some of both,with the heat build up we had in that area it was becoming serious, as the paneling isjust a short distancefrom the propane heat. I have to think that the fan should not be wired through the kitchen outlet, because if the reset has kicked off then the fan no longer has any electric. Just my thoughts.
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The fan operates on 12 volts not shore power.
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gball, you correct, I was looking things incorrectly, Let me start over we had not used the refrig. since last Nov. so when I turned therefrig on the power light did not come on but I need the refrig. so I started the propane when I later checked on the refrig that is when the heat was detected.For some reason the refrig.the start up caused the resetto trip and I guess the 12v to the fan is cut off through the refrig?
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If the 12v dc was gone the fridge will not start on propane either. 12v DC is used for the control board in the fridge. At least it is working now. That's the good news.
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