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Old 07-09-2006, 11:12 PM   #1
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Fridge not working

I just purchsed my 1995 Airstream LY 33. The fridge worked on both electric and propane when I brought it home last week. I then noticed it didn't cool on electric, and on propane would get cold in the freezer, but not the fridge.

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Old 07-09-2006, 11:23 PM   #2
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Several:

First, remove the spiral baffle that is suspended from a wire at the top of the burner tube and thoroughly clean it and the spiral baffle. Then thoroughly clean your propane burner, LP delivery tube and gas orifice. Next, be sure that there are no obstructions in the venting or the top of the burner tube that would inhibit the exhaust.

For the AC, your heating element might be gone. Trace the wires to the control board, remove both of them and do an ohms check. You should get between 40-90 ohms, depending on the model. If you get anything else, you probably need a new heating element.

If none of these things work, report back and we'll take it from there.
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Old 07-09-2006, 11:53 PM   #3
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Hello Troy -- Realize that many RV fridges cool very slowly when starting from ambient temperature. I always bring my trailer from storage the evening before we take off and plug it in. That way the fridge is cold the next day.

This doesn't mean you don't have a problem -- Lew is a good person to be paying attention to your question!
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Old 07-10-2006, 08:35 AM   #4
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Put a indoor/outdoor thermometer sensor in the freezer. It should check 10-20 F if it is over 100 outside. If less than 80 that day it should be 0 -10 if it is working well. You should have the same reading either gas or electric. If you have an Ampobe ampmeter available, check for current flow in the ac heater, and feel if the column is hot by touching it carefully. You can try to blow out the dirt in the vent but disassembly is better.
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Old 07-10-2006, 09:21 AM   #5
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We had an interesting refrigerator problem reciently with our 06 Classic. We were parked in 100 degree temps for several days when suddenly the frig. temps started climbing. The freezer seemed normal at first but while it was still below freezing it had climbed also. To make a long story short, I found the fridge door was adjusted to low and the plunger that turned the interior lamp off missed the the door edge and remained on. It had worked normally untill, with a little use and some weight in the door, it lower slightly.It is equiped with halogen bulb that put off lots of heat ,enough to raise the temps in the frig. over 20 degrees. This lamp is part of the frig's system that keeps things from freezing in low ambient temps and or helps eveporate water droplets that form on the cooling fins inside when using it in high humities. There is a switch on the out side that turns the interior lamp on when either of these systems are needed. I had dismissed them as "frills" but when the lamp remained on I found that if needed this little lamp will put off enough heat to cause global warming. The solution of course was to remove the door and shim it to the proper position where the door fit the opening and turn the lamp off.------------ Pieman
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Old 07-10-2006, 09:37 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the input! I will attempt to remove the baffle and clean it today. I'm guessing it will not be easy working through that small access door on the side. A new problem that just developed last night - The circut breaker flipped for the fridge and outlets, and would immed. flip again when turned on. I traced it back to the fridge - unplugged the fridge and the breaker will stay on, so even with the fridge off, it will flip the breaker if it is plugged in.

I will do the testing, cleaning, and report back.
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Thanks for all the input! I will attempt to remove the baffle and clean it today. I'm guessing it will not be easy working through that small access door on the side. A new problem that just developed last night - The circut breaker flipped for the fridge and outlets, and would immed. flip again when turned on. I traced it back to the fridge - unplugged the fridge and the breaker will stay on, so even with the fridge off, it will flip the breaker if it is plugged in.

I will do the testing, cleaning, and report back.
Hey Troy,

Pretty sure you're going to have to pull the fridge to reach the baffle, since it comes out from the top. Definitely let us know how it goes - I think I have this fun project in my future as well.
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