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Old 03-12-2006, 09:30 AM   #1
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How level is level?

Re: MC16 Dometic gas only refrig.
It appears as with all of the appliances to be relitively unused and complete. It lights easily and I cleaned everything and adjusted the burner flame by the book.
I cannot get it to cool at all. I was able to check the level of it just before bed last night and found I am very close side to side and close but a little less close front to rear of the box (I am within the lines).

I will try to get it more level this evening.

How level is level? What else can it be?

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Old 03-12-2006, 09:55 AM   #2
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If it is like mine, it is an amonia refrigerator and if it has a pin jole leak the amonia is gone and it won't cool. See if there is any corosian on the coils in the back. These coils can repaired or replaced, but I did that and it only lasted a couple years. I ended up replacing the frig.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:08 AM   #3
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Though level is more important with the older fridges, ditto what cooperhawk posted. Never saw this issue until my parents SOB Dometic sprung a leak. After the smell was gone, the unit seemed to operate as expected, yet no cool. I'm guessing that the ammonia in the system is purged and although there is a pretty blue flame, there is nothing to react with it.

Dad took his to a place that fixed it up in the U.P of MI. So far it's been 3 seasons of use since the repair and before that the orig unit lasted 22 years.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:22 AM   #4
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There are several repair places on the web. I took mine to an old man in Minneapolis who was a retired farmer. He sat in his garage in his under shirt and soldered these things all day. He fixed it by cutting our and replacing a piece of the coil. A couple years later it sprang a leak in another place.

Here are a few:
http://www.rvfridge.com
http://www.nucold.com
http://www.rvcool.com

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Old 03-12-2006, 11:13 AM   #5
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Leaking units will operate normally in every sense except one.......they WON'T COOL. That is because there is no ammonia or hydrogen left in the cooling units.

In my experience, RV type refrigerators can NOT be repaired with any lasting success. The coolant in these is a VERY PRECISE mix of ammonia, hydrogen gas, water and an anti-corrosive called sodium chromate. It is the sodium chromate that you see when it leaks (yellow) and the ammonia that you smell. The only company I have found that can do that for you and that can replace the required refrigerant if Ford & Ford in KY. Still, prices are what should be the deciding factor. as well as warranty coverage.

If you have a leaking unit, you have 2 options: replace the cooling unit (entire back of the frig) or replace the entire frig. I've replaced at least a dozen cooling units in the last few months. It's not a really big deal! Just follow the instructions carefully.

The aftermarket companies sell cooling units for just about any Norcold or Dometic out there. The OEM units are VERY expensive.......50-75% of the cost of a new unit. It's a tough decision which way to go
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Old 03-12-2006, 03:31 PM   #6
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... How level is level? ...
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Really close appears to be best. I asked this question at one point, and never figured out what was good enough.

I try to stay within a quarter bubble.

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If you can comfrotablely sleep on the bed then it is close enough. It doesn't have to be far off level to make sleeping uncomfortable.
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Old 03-12-2006, 04:52 PM   #8
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If you can comfrotablely sleep on the bed then it is close enough...
That assumes the refrigerator is plumb with the floor.

If it is a vintage trailer, one would be wise to check the freezer's bubble level with respect to how level the rest of the trailer feels.

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