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Old 10-12-2018, 08:51 PM   #1
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Fridge fan light. RED is off or ON?

In either pos, the fan is not running and seems odd. Its hot outside.

Is the Fan enable if the light is glowing RED or is it on if the red light is OFF?

Manuals dont tell me either way...
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:25 PM   #2
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The fan is enabled to run if the red light is on. There is a thermoswitch in the compartment behind the refrigerator that closes at a pretty high temperature, then the fan runs. I jumpered acrossed the contacts of that switch to prove to myself that the motor was not defective.
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In either pos, the fan is not running and seems odd. Its hot outside.

Is the Fan enable if the light is glowing RED or is it on if the red light is OFF?

Manuals dont tell me either way...
Thanks for this question. It makes me feel like I know something

In my '18 Bambi, red means on. It doesn't run all the time although I can't tell you how to know if it's broken. There's a limit to my knowledge!
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:40 AM   #4
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The fan is enabled to run if the red light is on. There is a thermoswitch in the compartment behind the refrigerator that closes at a pretty high temperature, then the fan runs. I jumpered acrossed the contacts of that switch to prove to myself that the motor was not defective.


Got it. Red means ON. Im surprised it was not running since yesterday it was pretty warm.
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Got it. Red means ON. Im surprised it was not running since yesterday it was pretty warm.
If you want to make sure the fan is working, you can temporarily disconnect the two wires from the sensor, and bridge them together. If the fan runs, it is good. As for the sensor, and whether it is functioning, is a little more complicated. You would need an ohm meter to check and see if it is closing when it gets hot.
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:55 AM   #6
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If you want to make sure the fan is working, you can temporarily disconnect the two wires from the sensor, and bridge them together. If the fan runs, it is good. As for the sensor, and whether it is functioning, is a little more complicated. You would need an ohm meter to check and see if it is closing when it gets hot.

The only reason i was curious was because yesterday it was 40f in there. But i had just put a bottle of room temp ice tea to cool.

This am my temp gauge says 30f in there so i think its OK.
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The only reason i was curious was because yesterday it was 40f in there. But i had just put a bottle of room temp ice tea to cool.

This am my temp gauge says 30f in there so i think its OK.
Absorption style fridges tend to fluctuate more, as far as temps, based on ambient temperatures. As long as my fridge remains below 45 degrees, and my ice cubes are frozen, I call it good.
Obviously, lower is better, down to freezing.
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If it’s red it means that it should run if it’s warm enough to trip the termo. It doesn’t take too much and the fans should run. I just had a similar problem and it ended up that a wire had worked it’s way off of the switch itself.
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If you open the fridge door on a hot day and also put in something warm, 45F is not out of the ordinary. As a rule middle temp setting will give about 35F in the fridge. I keep a remote thermometer on my fridge while I'm camping and see temps up and down all the time during the day. It can take an hour or so to get back to the set point on a hot day. I usually see about 33 in the morning on a cool night.
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If you're not comfortable with jumping the thermostat on the fins, put a hair dryer on high pointed at the stat. Takes a few minutes.

You should also check the inline fuse, 1 amp i think. Open the outside refer door and look around. Generally close to the back side of the fan switch.I
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I had the same question...also had some minor warranty adjustments and asked why I never heard it run. Was told it was designed to leave ON, but if the noise was distracting, it could be turned off. Guess they checked it just in case and discovered the fan never was installed at the factory. Cool enough now, I probably won't know it's working until next year unless I do the jumper test, but at least they got a fan installed.
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All great info here . We are on first trip with new trailer. I will check it tomorrow in the driveway before next weekend's camp trip
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I think absorption refers are the best especially for RVs. I can only imagine the noise of a compressor running. And compressors don't run on LP.

RED is ON. Leave it on if the red light doesn't bother you at night when all is dark. It bothers my wife so I turn it off at bedtime and on during daylight hours. Fan is thermo controlled. It knows when it needs to run. Red switch in the on position (red glow) gives the thermo the option.

Finally, outside temps are less important than the operational temp in the back of the refer. If the refer is nice and cold, then no matter the outside temp, the fan won't run. 97F here but a cold refer means the fan need not run.

And as I have said here or elsewhere, I leave our refer on 24/7/365. Never have to cool it down for a trip or wonder if it will work while we wander.
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I think absorption refers are the best especially for RVs. I can only imagine the noise of a compressor running. And compressors don't run on LP.

RED is ON. Leave it on if the red light doesn't bother you at night when all is dark. It bothers my wife so I turn it off at bedtime and on during daylight hours. Fan is thermo controlled. It knows when it needs to run. Red switch in the on position (red glow) gives the thermo the option.

Finally, outside temps are less important than the operational temp in the back of the refer. If the refer is nice and cold, then no matter the outside temp, the fan won't run. 97F here but a cold refer means the fan need not run.

And as I have said here or elsewhere, I leave our refer on 24/7/365. Never have to cool it down for a trip or wonder if it will work while we wander.

We got home around 330 from our first run. Everything went well, and the fridge stayed nearly ice cold the whole time. I never heard the fan come on, but as you said, it appears that it wont in some circumstances.
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