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Old 10-13-2018, 11:01 AM   #1
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Dometic fridge only operating off L.P.

I have it on auto and it keeps clicking to try to use L.P. my rig is plugged in to shore power. I keep running out of L.P. because of this fridge.

Constant clicking and wonít operate off of shore power


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Step 1 is to verify that the outlet that the fridge is plugged into has power.
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Step 1 is to verify that the outlet that the fridge is plugged into has power.

How would the light on the fridge operate and the display operate if it did not have power ?

Do I need to pull it out ?
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Most likely those lights are 12 volts. Refrigerators (current versions) have a 12 volt line that operates the circuit board. they are also plugged into a 120 volt outlet that supplies power to the heating element which heals the ammonia and produces the cold.

Your refrigerator is operating just like it would if you were not plugged into shore power. If it is running on propane it is either not connected to shore power, not sensing shore power or manually switched to gas mode. There should be a switch on the panel that will force it into gas mode, something else to check.
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You should be able to locate the power plug from the access door on the outside of your trailer behind the refrigerator.
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Most likely those lights are 12 volts. Refrigerators (current versions) have a 12 volt line that operates the circuit board. they are also plugged into a 120 volt outlet that supplies power to the heating element which heals the ammonia and produces the cold.



Your refrigerator is operating just like it would if you were not plugged into shore power. If it is running on propane it is either not connected to shore power, not sensing shore power or manually switched to gas mode. There should be a switch on the panel that will force it into gas mode, something else to check.


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The only other suggestion I have would be to reseat the connectors on the circuit board, but that is a long shot. If that does nopt correct the problem, it is time for a service call.

Did you verify that the unit was not switched to gas mode on the panel?
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Did you verify that the unit was not switched to gas mode on the panel?


Itís either on auto or itís not , right ? Itís on auto. I even have the L.P. tanks disconnected now. It keeps trying to connect to them. Light the propane even though itís on auto
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there are different versions, mine is either auto or gas. This gives you the ability to switch to gas mode if you have limited power. If you only had 3 amp power you would want to switch to gas mode.

In auto mode the fridge will run on electric if it is available and switch to gas if it is not. For some reason yours does not think electric is available. Possibly a bad circuit board.
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Did you confirm by plugging a trouble light or hair dryer into the 120volt outlet that the fridge is plugged into, that there is actually power to the outlet? Test the heating element in the fridge to make sure that it is not burnt out. All of the lights and controlls on the fridge are 12 volts. When on "auto" and 120 volts are available and working, your fridge will work on shore power as the prefered source of energy to cool the fridge.
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Dometic fridge only operating off L.P.

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Test the heating element in the fridge to make sure that it is not burnt out. .

How do we do that?
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The internet is your best friend. Type in "Dometic refridgerator repair heating element" and you will see a YouTube video on how to check/replace this part. Good luck, Chris
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