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Old 09-01-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Quits

I've got an old Dometic M50 refrigerator in my 1962 Tradewind. I went to see if it'd run today for the first time since I got the trailer. After a little cleaning, I got it to light up and run nicely, but after 3-4 minutes, it clicks and everything quits, pilot light, burner, everything. It'll relight just fine, but quits again in a few minutes.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do?

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Old 09-01-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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IDoes anyone have any suggestions on what I should do?
A fridge that old? Most techs were not even born then. It could be a number of things, but I''d check with Dometic to see if parts are even available. It could be something as simple as an ignitor, gas valve, or, or. If your going to keep the coach, I'd replace it, not re-build it.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:37 PM   #3
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My guess would be the thermocouple not registering heat from the pilot.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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I definitely don't want a new refrigerator. The new ones won't fit and would ruin the character of the trailer.

Thermocouple is a cheap and easy replacement. I saw them down at the hardware store a couple of days ago. I'll give that a shot. If that isn't it, I'm just out $10.

Thanks for the idea.
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:54 PM   #5
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Well, I was unable to find a new thermocouple. The new ones attach to the gas valve with a male fitting. My old one attaches with a female fitting. But I took the gas valve apart and cleaned it. I seemed like the pilot button was sticking. I put it all back together, lit it, and it's been running all day. Last time I checked, it was 30 degrees in the fridge, so I turned the thermostat down. I think all is well.
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I have a very good '62 M50 with a bad Klixon valve. Replacement Klixons are long gone. Was wondering if yours has the Klixon or if its been converted to something else. A lot of folks would like a proven replacement burner setup for the old refers.
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Putback, mine has a Klixon valve. Seems to work perfectly. It hadn't occurred to be that they'd be difficult to get. I guess I should be very gentle with mine.
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Yes, very gentle. Especially with the very soft aluminum tongue that you bend to adjust into the flame. You're very lucky.
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