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Old 05-14-2009, 08:07 AM   #1
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'09 Classic - fridge not cooling

My refrigerator is not reaching appropriate cooling level in the lower compartment. Freezer is excellent temp range. 2009 30 classic. Temp setting is at the 5 level. Any suggestions. Thanks Woppa 4
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:17 AM   #2
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Hello woppa 4. Welcome to the forums!

This is a 2009? Has the lower section ever run at the right temperature? What's a thermometer set in there say? Is this on propane or 120V?

It's normal for RV fridges to take a day to cool down once started.
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:39 PM   #3
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To get a good temperature reading put a glass of water in the refrig with a thermometer in it. Will give you an accurate cooling temp.reading.
Has it always acted this way or just start? Any ammonia type smell?
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:57 PM   #4
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What is the outdoor temperature?

In warmer climes, it may be necessary to blow a small fan across the cooling coils in the rear of the fridge to allow for better cooling. This is accomplished by opening the refrigerator access panel on the outside of the AS and either using a small battery operated fan or a 12 volt one that you can wire into a 12 volt power source in that compartment. We use a 3 inch computer fan from radio-shack - about $10. The compartment is designed to create a chimney effect, but in warmer weather a boost helps a lot.

In the fridge itself, we also use a small silent fan made for RV fridges to provide even distribution of cold air. They run on 2 D cell batteries which last a whole season.

Finally, a bag of ice in one of the fridge drawers will aid in faster cool-down and also in keeping the fridge cold.

As Clipper asked - any ammonia smell? This can mean a leak in the coolant lines which is not good. Since you have a 2009, it is still under warranty - if the fans don't do the trick, I'd contact the dealer. Hopefully he isn't too far from you.
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info.Will apply all suggestions. woppa4
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:29 PM   #6
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Thanks for the information.I will try each possibility offered. The fan system sounds interesting. The temperature has been extremely high since our arrival. woppa 4
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:49 PM   #7
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Here are links to products at CW -

12V Fridge-Mat Coil Fan - Item - Camping World

FridgeCool Fan with On/Off Switch - Item - Camping World

We have different versions of both, but these should convey the general idea.

I'm betting that since you said it has been hot - this is your problem.
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Old 05-14-2009, 03:27 PM   #8
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I don't get it; it should work without all the after-market who-ha. Take it back to the dealer.
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It seems to me that if the freezer is at an acceptable temp, the problem is not a cooling issue. How heavily/densly packed is the fridge section? There must be room for air to circulate in order for the fridge section to properly cool.
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[SIZE="6"]I have just purchased a small fan (110v) wired to the outside hook-up and placed it in the outside frig comp. Due to lack of cooling in the lower compartment, we have only placed a limited amount in that area. After market therm is now reading 58F. I realize a warranty will apply. However AS dealers are few an far apart.(a lesson that I have learned the hard way). If this was the only problem I have had with this unit,(took delivery 14 Mar 09) I would not be so distressed. Frankly; I have experienced more A/S QC miss-fires than of all the units I have owned for the past 30 years. woppa 4
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Refrig follow-up

What is the proper location for the press-on thermo device on the interior cooling fins.The white plastic gadget that looks like a temp sensor. Mine is laying on the shelf. Explanation on the critical function of this device would be helpful. woppa4
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Thermister/Sensing probe

What is the proper location and placement in the plastic clip for the above probe.woppa4
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:44 AM   #13
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The units I have owned have the temp sensor attached to the interior fins.

Although I have not had to do so, I have been told to move the sensor higher on the fins for more cooling, and lower on the fins for less cooling.

Sorry to hear about the quality control on such a premium unit. It's a sad statement for an American Icon. Pitiful, actually.
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woppa, welcome to the world of Airstream. There are a number of threads on poor QC. As for the refrigerator, when we start it before a trip, I put some frozen gel packs in the lower compartment to get it cool faster. As canoe stream said, it takes a while for it to cool down. Until you can get it to a dealer (another problem, few dealers and poor quality dealers), you can rotate gel packs between the two compartments, re-freezing them in the freezer) to keep the lower compartment cold. Sounds like there's more wrong than the pecularities of the Dometic fridge and it needs servicing.

Sorry to hear about your problem and at least you are not alone. Plenty of advice on the Forum and plenty of frustration.

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