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Old 05-22-2017, 09:06 PM   #1
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Refrigerator is freezing

We have a 2016 Bambi with the basic Dometic refrigerator. I have 2 questions that I've not been able to get help on:
1) when should I use or not use the " refer fan sw" that is on the right side of the refrigerator? I see no reference to this switch in the manuals, unless I missed it. Does the cabin temperature or the source of power have any effect on whether the fan should be used?
2) I can see no way to control the temp and items are freezing in my frig, seemingly no matter where I put them (e.g., what shelf). Any advice out there as to how to manage the frig to reduce the freezing?
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:51 PM   #2
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Since you'd probably notice some obvious dial on the fridge saying cooler or warmer I'm guessing you have a thermistor that slides on the fins. If you look on the right side of the fins in the fridge you'll see a white clip holding a plastic tube to the fins. This is how the temp is controlled. Slide it up higher on the fin for colder and down for warmer. Move a little at a time, then allow many hours for it to settle, repeat until you get your happy spot.
The fan switch controls some small fan(s) that help push air through the area behind the fridge to help it operate better, especially on very hot days, if your fridge is doing its job fine you don't need to turn them on.
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Old 05-23-2017, 05:04 AM   #3
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Looking online, those little fridges all seem to be automatic temperature, without adjustment. Looking at a photo, it looks like there is a sensor in lower left rear corner, check this and then make sure it is clear and not too packed.

As for the fan, the heat exchanger on the back is how the fridge cools itself, so in hot or more humid areas the more you can do to assist the air flowing across the fins the better off you are. Generally most recommendations are for over 80 run the fan.
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Old 05-23-2017, 05:45 AM   #4
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I've had several RVs all with Dometic fridges and never had anything freeze even if the temperatures got to 29. Having a freezing problem is almost a good problem as many complain about lack of cooling. Probably move the thermistor down the fin to adjust the temp warmer.

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Old 05-23-2017, 06:19 AM   #5
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If adjusting the sliding thermistor (if that is what you have) does not work try this little device. This and upgrading the fan fixed my issues.

http://www.snip-the-tip.com/cgi-bin/articca.cgi
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In Post #3 RandyNH suggests that there is no thermistor to be adjusted here.

travellvr, does your owner's manual have any guidance on fridge temp adjustment?

If you have enough battery capacity, you should leave the fridge fan on, although it is probably noisy, so many swap it to a quieter computer fan. Turning it off at night is also an option.

The new search function above in the blue box works well, so a search for "noisy fridge fan" should pull up many helpful threads.

Good luck!

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Thanks for good suggestions. The model I have is an RM2351. HiHoSilver, you are right that there are no obvious controls. The white clip you suggest is located on the left side, as I look into the frig. I have just now slid it to lower position. I notice that the fins, especially on the right side, have ice on them. RandyNH, I don't see a sensor in the lower rear corner, unless you are speaking of the slide I just mentioned above.
OTRA15, I've looked through the manual and found no guidance there, nor on this site, so I've especially appreciated the feedback here. As to the fan, I have NO sound associated with the switch when I turn it on. So, given your note about a noisy fan, I wonder if the switch is doing anything but providing a shiny red light . It's been cool here in Lincoln NE where we are camping this week, so I've shut it off and have found no differences in sound or temperature.
AWCHIEF, I will check out the link!
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Thanks for good suggestions. The model I have is an RM2351. HiHoSilver, you are right that there are no obvious controls. The white clip you suggest is located on the left side, as I look into the frig. I have just now slid it to lower position. I notice that the fins, especially on the right side, have ice on them. RandyNH, I don't see a sensor in the lower rear corner, unless you are speaking of the slide I just mentioned above.
OTRA15, I've looked through the manual and found no guidance there, nor on this site, so I've especially appreciated the feedback here. As to the fan, I have NO sound associated with the switch when I turn it on. So, given your note about a noisy fan, I wonder if the switch is doing anything but providing a shiny red light . It's been cool here in Lincoln NE where we are camping this week, so I've shut it off and have found no differences in sound or temperature.
AWCHIEF, I will check out the link!
Best regards to you all!
Linda
I think those fans have both a thermostat and the interior switch, the purpose of the switch is to prevent the fan from operating for quieter sleeping or for saving battery power when boondocking. The fan doesn't need to run until it gets hot in the rear fridge compartment.
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