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Old 06-21-2019, 07:36 PM   #1
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Top of Refrigerator cabinet is hot when running frig on gas

Is it normal that the cabinet behind the stovetop that the refrigerator is mounted in is hot when the frig is running on gas?
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Old 06-21-2019, 07:56 PM   #2
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The refrigerator in most RV's, including Airstreams, works by heating an ammonia solution. When it's operating on gas, AC, and on some units DC, the rear of the refrigerator gets hot.

The short answer is Yes, being hot in that area is most likely 'normal'. The definition of hot vs very warm is open for debate.
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:50 AM   #3
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Heat from fridge

As RivetEd posted, heat from the refrigerator is transferred to shelf above it and into the trailer. I insulated underneath the shelf accessed by the top exterior hatch. I used fiberglass insulation covered by a piece of aluminum dryer vent that I cut, or disassembled lengthwise, trimmed to fit, and screwed into place. One less heat source when using the AC.
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Old 06-23-2019, 08:33 AM   #4
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People find that fridges that don't have a roof vents seem to trap the heat. There's a lot of mods done with muffin fans to keep the air moving. That would be one solution.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:27 AM   #5
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it may seem counter intuitive, but cooling devices work by moving energy ie heat.

what ever lowering of temp inside , results in a higher raise in temp outside.
No system is anywhere near 100% efficient

you can help it by using a fan to move the heat outside the As frame.

the same as your fridge at home.
often new home fridge have the coil near the floor and not the back.

help your home fridge by removing the dust underneath. the dust can hamper air flow
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The cabinet above my fridge I leave open to help cooling, because it traps heat
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:09 AM   #7
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Indeed, I have often wondered if anyone has ever invented or built some sort of heat exchanger to take advantage of the heat generated from the fridge to help heat or maintain the temp of the hot water tank. Why let all that "free" heat go to waste -- especially in an RV?
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:29 AM   #8
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As has been discussed here, our RV fridge uses ammonia and a heating elements driven by 120vac/12vdc/LP. All work well (12vdc will drain batteries rather quickly) but all produce heat to the ammonia. The end result is the ammonia absorption circuit removes heat from one side (fridge interior) and deposits it into the outside.

It can be felt on top of a 22FB fridge cabinet. Turning on the red fan switch will help stir up the waste heat to move outside via the louvers but it does not get rid of the warmth on top.

I use the cabinet warm spot to host various edibles that do best warm like bread, fresh cookies, grab and go stuff. It seems like a waste not to use it somehow...
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Can use the warm area as food warmer.
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:03 AM   #10
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Opening the refrigerator hatch cover and/ or using a fan will definitely help disperse the heat buildup faster. The piece of aluminum I used over the insulation is curved, helping to remove any heat that could buildup and get trapped at the top of the compartment.
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Some Sports have a small fan in the panel accessible from a road side panel. I replaced mine it was making a screeching sound. The fan is temperature activated but a switch inside the Airsteam needs to be on. Very inexpensive new fan available on Amazon, also easy to change out here’s a photo hope it helps you.Click image for larger version

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where did you tap in for power?
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Old 07-06-2019, 09:07 PM   #13
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to DAVINCENT. Did the sheet metal dryer vent and insulation fix the problem? if so, I will do the same. Please advise
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