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Old 06-13-2014, 07:00 PM   #1
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Refrig. problems

It takes 3 days for the frig. (Dometic 2601) to cool properly.....
I was going to take it out to look for leaks et.c. but after removing the 6 screws on the edge, that hold it in, it won't even think about budging. Am I missing something? AND Any ideas on what is causing it to cool so slowly?
I know it has to be level, ammonia hasn't leaked out and the heat THINGS working. Anyone know how hot the THINGS should be? Any thing else?
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:19 PM   #2
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Refrig. problems

Is the refer on electric or propane?
3 days is way too long.
Is the refer empty?
If it eventually gets cold. There are probably no leaks in the ammonia side. What is the ambient temperature?
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:43 PM   #3
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I think most people put ice and or cold drinks in the fridge to help kick start the cooling process
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:26 PM   #4
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Does it cool any better on electric power?
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Old 06-14-2014, 05:38 AM   #5
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You might see if the thermistor has been moved from the correct spot. It is housed on the cooling fins looking inside, on the back wall of the fridge. Its a plactic clip on the right most "fin". It goes lower to get cooler, higher for warmer. I'd see that it is at the mid height mark to start, then lower it to tweek it to where you want it.
I believe the newish units have a factory calibration sticker in there as reference.
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Old 06-14-2014, 05:59 AM   #6
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There are 2 screws on the back side. Raise the outside vent, look for them at the bottom, left and right. There are also 2 screws under the trim at the top where the control buttons are.

Also, there is a possibility a PO has applied silicone or something around the front edge lip to help seal it up in the cabinet.

It may take a pretty good tug or a push from behind to get it started coming out.

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Thanks for the ideas, I'll try them ASAP. Only using elect. I'll look for those other screws. The cooling took about 5 hrs. some years ago with nothing to help it out...now takes too long.
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If you are only using electric, maybe the heating element is going south?

Does it cool well on propane?
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If it cools properly on propane, then your electric heating element has gone bad. For about $40, you can buy a new one and replace it yourself.
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