Just wanted to post an update to my earlier postings on "Mythbusters burp the fridge."
Even all the sympathetic beer consumption couldn't revive my old cooling unit. I spent a good bit of time on this forum reading other's experience changing out a cooling unit on a Dometic. Many thanks again go to John HD for his excellent step-by-step memoir of his cooling unit changeout. The pictures were a big help.
A big shout out to David Force of RV Cooling Unit warehouse. (RV Cooling Unit Warehouse.
) He gave me special attention on very short notice - late on a Friday afternoon - AND patiently answered my many questions.
The instructions with my remanufactured unit were easy to follow and my unit practically installed itself. Okay, I'm exagerating a little.
But I'm still euphoric about saving over $ 600.00 versus buying a new fridge. A new fridge would have STILL REQUIRED pulling out the old fridge, disposing of it, and installation. Changing out the cooling unit only adds a little more work.
And it's "Green". Meaning better for the environment, something I haven't been practicing as much as I'd like. Or at least I felt that way as I turned in my old cooling unit for credit. Nothing to clog up a landfill someplace.
As with the lessons I learned recently with battery desulphation, I'm now wondering how many perfectly good refrigerator boxes are being trashed simply because it's more convenient or profitable to not replace the cooling unit.
I hope this message convinces a few folks with bad cooling units to try this repair. (After they read John HD's photo-journal documenting his install.)