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Old 07-06-2008, 08:40 AM   #1
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Refrigerator alarm?

On the control panel there is a light on that says "Refrigerator alarm". I am plugged in and the light is on. Does this mean something is not working? The fridge seems to be working though it is either to cold or not cold enough. I can't seem to find any mention of it either the owner's manual or service manual.

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Old 07-06-2008, 08:49 AM   #2
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Hmm.... Hopefully Lewster will look in on this thread, but I think it shows a fault in the system, and the fridge is operating in "limp" mode. It could be that you are low or out of LP, have you checked that?
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:56 AM   #3
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On the control panel there is a light on that says "Refrigerator alarm". I am plugged in and the light is on. Does this mean something is not working? The fridge seems to be working though it is either to cold or not cold enough. I can't seem to find any mention of it either the owner's manual or service manual.

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Hi Peter,

If possible, I would like to see a photo. I can find nothing 1883 Excella's System Monitor that refers to the refrigerator. Mine (the refrigerator) is dead, too, so if there was one to should be on. I have a new one to put in as soon as a Snyder vent kit gets in.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:44 PM   #4
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Hi Peter,
I think Overlander is on the right track; I once serviced a 1980's vintage AS motorhome that I remember had this optional alarm, (only one I remember seeing) but it may have been an added-on aftermarket device. Since this was about 1987, my memory is foggy. Assuming you have the original Dometic fridge, you are in the time frame when the first electronic control boards (analog) were appearing. I too hope Lewster will weigh in and give us a technically correct answer, and I also agree; a photo would be very helpful to jog the memory.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:19 PM   #5
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Our 1982 310 motorhome has this option. I comes on when the fridge temp drops below a certain set point. A buzzer sounds and the light comes on after the sounder silenced by changing the switch position.
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Check the following are ALL OK: trailer level and plumb, refer has less that a half inch of frost built up, and the exhaust tube is free and clear of spider webs, snake skins, wasp nests, termite colonies and bee hives. Are the refer seals at door all tight? Put a thermometer inside and check to be sure it isn't too hot or cold --- 35 to 37 degrees F. is about right. If so, suspect as mentioned earlier - something is broke and it's defaulted to "limp mode." Then start looking for someone who repairs old refers... :0
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Old 07-08-2008, 07:45 AM   #7
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Thanks

The temps are fine. It was bugs in the drain tube setting off alarm. Cleaned and the alarm light went off. Here is a picture of the control panel.



Thanks for the help.

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The temps are fine. It was bugs in the drain tube setting off alarm. Cleaned and the alarm light went off. Here is a picture of the control panel.



Thanks for the help.

Peter
Hi Peter,

Glad it was that simple! Thanks for the photo, my 1983 Excella doesn't have that.
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