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Old 07-17-2006, 10:48 AM   #1
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Reviving Dometic Refrigerator

On a trip last week, we noticed our refrigerator was not cooling well at all on gas or electric. Expecting to buy another one, we called our rv dealer and he said before we threw it out to try this: Take it out and turn it upside down, leave it for at least 12 hours. Turn it back up and wait another three or four hours, then start it up. Imagine our surprise last night when we opened the door. It was the coldest we have ever seen it! He said we had a blockage and this should clear it up. Unbelievable!!

Don't know how long this will last but we are thrilled. Maybe Andy could expound on this.

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Old 07-17-2006, 12:48 PM   #2
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Having your world turned upside down isn't necessarily bad! This is an old trick used for years to reactivate old Servel domestic refrigerators. Many a good unit has been trashed because the owner didn't know this simple trick. You should be OK now.
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Old 07-17-2006, 08:39 PM   #3
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Oh cool!
I'm gonna jerk mine out tomorrow!
Good tip to know, thanks!

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Does anyone know how a small apartment refrigerator performs in a travel trailer environment? Regular refrigerators usually don't go bumping down the road or spend a lot of time unplugged. I think I will try the upside down treatment on mine. Right now it freezes, but the refrigerator doesn't get much colder than 50 degrees.
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Old 07-26-2006, 04:18 PM   #5
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Does anyone know how a small apartment refrigerator performs in a travel trailer environment? Regular refrigerators usually don't go bumping down the road or spend a lot of time unplugged. I think I will try the upside down treatment on mine. Right now it freezes, but the refrigerator doesn't get much colder than 50 degrees.
A lot of folks do this. Some will load them up after hooking up 30 amp, some will even install DC to AC inverters to allow them to run on 12V. I can't imagine the latter being too good for the fridge's compressor, given startup voltage requirements.
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Dometic RM76 Upside Down treatment

I pulled out my RM76 yesterday and have yet to try it. Will keep my fingers crossed . Update tomorrow maybe.
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Old 09-03-2006, 05:07 AM   #7
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On a trip last week, we noticed our refrigerator was not cooling well at all on gas or electric. Expecting to buy another one, we called our rv dealer and he said before we threw it out to try this: Take it out and turn it upside down, leave it for at least 12 hours. Turn it back up and wait another three or four hours, then start it up. Imagine our surprise last night when we opened the door. It was the coldest we have ever seen it! He said we had a blockage and this should clear it up. Unbelievable!!

Don't know how long this will last but we are thrilled. Maybe Andy could expound on this.

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Alot of times this is just a temp. cure. You have scale inside the unit, and by turning it it dislodged it. Over time, it will block up again. The only real cure is to have the unit cut open, flushed, rewelded and recharged.
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How many shops are out there who do this for an economical cost? Any in the midwest? Mine has been good for 5 years after turning it up side down. It was 38 years old when I did it, but it had been unworking in storage for 10 years prior to turning it over. I guess I will wait until it quites again.
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How many shops are out there who do this for an economical cost? Any in the midwest? Mine has been good for 5 years after turning it up side down. It was 38 years old when I did it, but it had been unworking in storage for 10 years prior to turning it over. I guess I will wait until it quites again.
For starters, there are not many people who work on these...and most of the ones who do want to sell you something. We do cut and flush and its reasonable. We also do rebuilds of vintage units during the off season, mostly because it's time comsuming.
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