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Old 04-30-2011, 09:05 AM   #1
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question on refrigerator.

I hooked up the fridge to dc and ac. How long to know if it the coils are getting warm? I have had it plugged in for 20 minutes and I do not feel anything in the back getting warm.

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Old 04-30-2011, 09:12 AM   #2
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I wouldn't expect much for a couple hours or so on AC or propane. For DC I wouldn't have a clue beyond the sense that it would take a very long time as my understanding it is meant to help maintain the temp once cooling has occurred. Anyway you go, expect it to take some time.
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Is this a two way or a three way fridge? If it is the original 2 way then there is no DC connection, but newer units do require DC for the circuit board. I would expect to feel some heat in on the coils in a short period of time. To get cold in the box will take much longer
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Ditto. I always turn the fridge on the evening before I need it. It takes hours and hours to cool. It seems you're checking out electrical operation, so it's probably irrelevant if I add that mine cools faster on propane.
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I always turn it on the night before and then pack only cold (cold pop etct) items in it. It takes a very long time to cool off but the freezer should feel a bit cooler fairly fast. We use a indoor/outdoor wireless temperature sensor to monitor it.
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This is a relatively new fridge. I got it used. I am smelling ammonia and the coils are not rusted.

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This is a relatively new fridge. I got it used. I am smelling ammonia and the coils are not rusted.

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I hope you meant that you are NOT smelling ammonia!

If you are smelling ammonia, you have a serious problem. The ammonia leak is almost always in the area of the AC heater. You would not see the area of the leak unless you remove the "stovepipe" and insulation around the area of the heating element.

Propane does cool the box slightly faster than AC because it puts more BTUs into the system. In both modes, you should feel heat in the tubing above the boiler in a short time.
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