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Old 12-05-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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Fridge stopped cooling

I we came back after being out all day and the fridge(dometic) was at 60 degrees. I opened the fridge and the metal find did not feel cold. The freezer seemed ice cold. I turned off the fridge and turned it back on and it now seems to be cooling again as the temp is slowly coming down and find are very cold. Any thoughts as to what could cause this? I have meds that need to stay cold so this concerns me!

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Old 12-05-2013, 04:54 PM   #2
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Was the fridge on AC or propane when it went out? Is it on the same source of power as before it went out?
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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Was the fridge on AC or propane when it went out? Is it on the same source of power as before it went out?
Sorry. Was on AC the whole time and same source of power.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:33 PM   #4
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Have seen this happen when the door is not fully closed. Sometimes the food inside can hinder the door from closing fully.
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I recently had this problem and in my case it was the control board had gone bad (~$100, purchased and installed myself.) Assuming the fridge door was closed tightly, it will be either the thermistor ($25-$40) or the control board needs replacing. Since your AS is still under warranty, I'd contact the dealer a.s.a.p. to have the problem diagnosed. Be assured it will happen again, likely when you least expect it. These things don't miraculously fix themselves.
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:38 PM   #6
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Thanks so much! I think that door was closed tight but my wife had already grabbed something out of fridge before I had noticed the temp was high. Door not closed tight would explain why freezer was correct temp and fridge so warm, right? If it was control board then would the freezer have been warmer also? They seem to be linked, correct?

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Old 12-05-2013, 07:47 PM   #7
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I had a similar problem. It was caused by the door not being shut tight. I now make sure I hear the click when I close it.
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If it was control board then would the freezer have been warmer also?
Not necessarily. The freezer being cold indicates the cooling unit is functioning properly, but the refrigerator section is controlled separately by both the thermistor and a part of the control board. As I previously advised, contact the dealer for either a thermistor and/or control board replacement unless you think there's possibility the door was left cracked open. The dealer can diagnose which it is causing the problem. If you think you may have left the door open, you may want to wait to see if the fridge continues working okay and take action if it happens again.
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Not necessarily. The freezer being cold indicates the cooling unit is functioning properly, but the refrigerator section is controlled separately by both the thermistor and a part of the control board. As I previously advised, contact the dealer for either a thermistor and/or control board replacement unless you think there's possibility the door was left cracked open. The dealer can diagnose which it is causing the problem. If you think you may have left the door open, you may want to wait to see if the fridge continues working okay and take action if it happens again.
Thank you so much. I will keep a close watch and if happens again I will head to dealer right away. Perhaps I will have them check it out in my next trip there.

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CHeck for Leaking Ammonia

Look in the fridge inspection door and see if there is any yellow deposit on the deck or walls. If you see yellow you have a leak and will need a new fridge or a new core. Cores are available from several companies and cost around $425. Installation costs around $300.
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