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Old 09-26-2012, 08:48 PM   #1
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Periodic clicking noise boondocking with gas

our maiden voyage with 97 Safari we purchased recently and took up to the cool White Mountains in Az. Fridge seemed to work fine but after 3 days would make a clicking noise (relighting?) every few hours. No check light. Normal or a problem? Thanks.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:00 PM   #2
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The cycle on a propane refrigerator is very long. The flame stays on for a fairly long time each time it is ignited. Sometimes it takes several "clicks" (sparks) to re light a burner which is off, especially if it is dirty. I had one which would soot up now and then, and when it did that, it had a hard time lighting and would do what you mention yours does. So, not a disaster, or super critical, but I would either clean the burner yourself if you can or are willing to try, or have a shop do the job for you.

The problem will probably get worse as time goes on if nothing is done, and then one day it will not light at all, and your refrigerator will not cool (always when you are far from home on the hottest day of the year).

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:34 AM   #3
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My gas water heater sparks the whole time it is on. I think idroba hit the nail on the head.

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:06 AM   #4
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I think the fridge is the issue but I am surprised since I've always gone on the assumption that the burner when in gas mode is always on. I'm not sure though that the burner turns on and off on a normal basis. Due to the fat that it takes a while for the coolent to heat enough to boil off, I can't see the flame going completely off once the fridge hits operating temps. What may be happening is the fact as the gas flow is reduced to cause a lower flame, debris in the burner is causing a condition where the flame cannot stay on as the gas flow is reduced which causes a relight condition hence the clicking sound. Check for spider webs in the burner assembly. The fact that the light isn't on is that the relight of the burner is successful. If it wasn't the light would come on.

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Old 09-27-2012, 05:53 PM   #5
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I have only heard our frig gas ignitor click (may three or four times, rapidly) when it initially switches from electric to gas...once switched over we never hear it relighting...
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:17 PM   #6
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Running the fridge on LP for days on end, it never makes a peep. Sure it isn't the hot water having trouble re-lighting?

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