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Old 06-24-2009, 05:09 PM   #1
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Fixed Pilot- Fridge wont cool - PLS HELP!!

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I had a thread going on the pilot light not working-
Fixed that issue-

This is a 73- 23'-

The fridge works well on electric- Fixed the pilot-
The pilot ran ALL night- never moved a digit on the thermometer!

ANY thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated - boondocking in AZ- with no fridge leaves me to Kraft mac and cheese w/ powdered milk....GRRRR!
Many thanks-
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:51 PM   #2
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Since it works on AC, you know the refrigeration cycle is OK. When turned to operate on "GAS" the main burner must come on to cool the unit. The pilot is just there to light the burner, but will not cool the unit by itself-the main burner must come on. You may have a bad thermocouple.
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:44 AM   #3
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Thanks for the update- Iam off to get a thermocouple at the local RV-
150 miles away - one way-
I will bring the old one....but can you tell me if there is a size or styly I should be looking at/ Are they rated for temperature?
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Thanks for the update- Iam off to get a thermocouple at the local RV-
150 miles away - one way-
I will bring the old one....but can you tell me if there is a size or styly I should be looking at/ Are they rated for temperature?
Many Thanks!
I don't think you have a thermocouple problem.

Since you have an older Argosy, the burner and it's oriface gets dirty.

You must remove both of those, clean them, and then reinstall the parts.

If that fixes the problem, you owe me coffee.

Also, you will need to clean the reefer flue, to remove the rust and dirt.

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I'm with Andy on this one... if the pilot burned all night, then the thermocouple is good. You've probably got a spider web in the burner tube, or a dirty orifice; although frequently either of those problems will cause a yellow, really sooty flame. I have seen spider webs that completely occlude the burner tube on water heaters tho...

I'd suggest before you make that long journey that you clean the burner well and see what happens. If that doesn't do it, you may have a stuck gas valve... the thing that the thermocouple holds open.

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I went through the same issue with the fridge in my '77' tried everything, replaced the propane regulator on the tanks for another reason and the fridge works just fine now. All of the other propane appliances worked fine before but apparently the fridge was not seeing the correct gas pressure.
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Thanks for the input-
The regulator is new ; as of one month ago-
I am following up with the suggested cleaning that Andy suggested-
All the best for the kind words of advice though-
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