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Old 01-02-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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Dometic 2804, cooling system clogged

I could use some advise on this one. My 1988 Excella 29' has a Dometic RM2804 fridge that has been working well until recently. Now, however, it doesn't cool on gas or electric, and just makes a constant gurgling sound. It seems like it's making heat on the back side, just not cooling at all in the fridge or freezer.

The local airstream dealer says the cooling system is clogged and needs to be replaced ($1500 parts and labor). Or, replace with a total new unit ($2300 parts and labor).

Is replacing the cooling unit something I could do myself? Special tools needed?

Would it be better to replace the entire unit with a modern one? And is that something I could do myself?

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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Given that the unit is almost 25 years old, I would opt for a new refrigerator. Yes, many have had good luck with a rebuilt cooling unit and that can save some money, but you still have many old parts. If you are handy you can probably replace the refrigerator yourself and get a new one for $1200 or thereabouts. Be aware though, some Airstream refrigerators are hard to get out (and some are not) depending on the specific way they were put in to begin with. To replace the cooling unit only, you would need to remove the refrigerator in any event.

Best of luck with whatever your decision is in the long run.
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