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Old 08-19-2015, 10:37 PM   #15
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It was a 12v fuse. Fridge working again! Still don't know what's up with ac but at least we have fridge for the weekend. I'm guessing I need to replace gfci curcuit breaker before add'l troubleshooting there. Thank you for the assistance!
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:12 AM   #16
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On the frustration issue, been there too. My wife heads for the hills when she sees that slow boil starting to show up on my face.

Diagnosing issues is a matter of elimination. If the fridge isn't working on AC you need to know if it's in the fridge or the wiring. If you have an extension cord, plug the fridge into that, then the cord into the 15 amp plug on your power post next to the 30 amp (or any known working outlet). Make sure the power post breaker is "on". If the fridge is running, you know it's the wiring. If not, it's the heating element inside that tube near the chimney.

Mine went bad but it's easy to replace. Remove the one screw on the access flap and remove the flap. The heating element is right inside; remove and replace.
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You are so helpful! Thank you. I'll test the fridge AC w/ extension cord tonight.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:47 AM   #18
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Regardless of either propane or electric power for the fridge, the 12Vdc is needed to run the logic board in refrigerator.
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Old 08-29-2015, 01:57 PM   #19
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Finally got a chance to test fridge. Works fine when on gas. Turned off gas, plugged fridge directly in to extension cord plugged in to outlet. Still get the clicking sound like it's trying to start but wont.
GFCI breaker won't reset. Either related to fridge or something I did trying to troubleshoot. Can I replace it (esentially, is this a job a novice can handle?) Still camping season here; I'd prefer not to haul in for service if it's still safe to use. : )
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I did try to remove screw holding flap by chimney. Was pretty tight and I didn't want to strip it out. I'll see if service can do a quick turnover.
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Counter-clockwise on the screw, then the chimney flap can be removed. Unplug the electric heating unit, you will need to find another one because it sounds like that one is broken so the fridge just stays on gas, it can't detect the electric unit being there or it's shorted out and keeps the breaker from resetting. As I recall, mine just slid down, I don't recall anything holding it down. It just plugged into the circuit board.

My trailer's in storage right now or I'd go check it out and send a picture.
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Old 10-08-2015, 06:04 PM   #22
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Update

Ok. There is an update.
Because the fridge worked on gas, and I felt I'd made the problem worse, I decided to take it to the local Airstream dealer when it was convenient which ended up being a couple weeks ago. I'd practically forgotten the details of the issue. (Lesson for me here--go in sooner or write it all down)
I had previously tried plugging fridge in to another outlet via extension cord and it still went through the cycle of trying to ignite. So I thought I had isolated the problem to the fridge and relayed that info to the dealer.
As always happens (to me, anyway) with things mechanical, they were able to reset the GFCI breaker with no problem (I couldn't get it to reset) and the fridge worked for them on electricity.
What didn't 'click' for me, while we were walking through after repair, was that the gas was on.
Driving home, I remembered that the fridge HADN'T worked for me when plugged in to a different outlet. And the gas had been on at the dealership. When I got home I plugged in, made sure gas was off, and turned fridge on to AUTO. And the clicking began. I left when the CHECK light came on.
BUT! I also left it plugged in and put an ice cube tray full of water in the freezer. A few hours later I rechecked the fridge; the CHECK light was off and I had ice.
I've had the fridge plugged in, gas off, for several days now. I still have ice.
The service manager is going to check with the technician who worked on the trailer and get back to me. I'll post again with whatever I learn.
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