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Old 07-11-2016, 09:40 PM   #1
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Refrigerator - what's it worth?

Hi all! New user here! I have a '69 Sovereign with a Dometic fridge. Over the weekend my cousin and I yanked it out - after cursing, sweating, a half a case of beer, and breathing in the 47 year old funk, and an old animals nest - we managed to get it out! Phew! We replaced it with a regular smaller 120V fridge that I used to keep in the bath tub! I couldn't get the Dometic going on electric. That's all we use at our property in the Lake Wallenpaupack area of PA, so not sure if the LP side of it works either. Question is, is the fridge worth anything? Wondering if I should try to sell on Craigslist and if so, how much? I have no idea if it works. The fridge doors interior panel is missing, the Styrofoam insulation is there, but just not the plastic interior cover. Also the door doesn't shut right. Seems to be warped in the Styrofoam. The freezer shuts fine. Is it worth selling, or taking to the scrap yard? Thanks!
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:14 PM   #2
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Since you don't know if it works, and it's not complete, I'd be surprised if you got $50 for it.

That said, I've been surprised before.
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:39 PM   #3
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That's exactly why I am wondering. Not sure if people need them for rebuilding purposes/parts.
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:41 PM   #4
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Craigslist is your friend!
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:10 PM   #5
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Craigslist - could also be called "from my garage to yours" ...
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:24 PM   #6
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I repaired my 1964 Dometic refrigerator on my side porch. If the refrigerant fluid is still in there and stable, you likely have a problem with one of two things (likely):

1) electric thermostat (gas and electric do not share a thermostat). This was my problem and cost about $30 for the part (still in production)

2) your electric heating element is shot. Probably harder to replace, but people have done retrofits.

Maybe it is worth looking into repair. You've done the hard part which is getting it out of the trailer.

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Old 07-12-2016, 01:12 PM   #7
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My '67 still has orig. Dometic reefer. Electric quit working 6 ears ago. After fashioning an access door in the side of the box i found the electric element to be a standard Calrod heater 6 or7 inches long. These are available from almost any electrical supply house and probably Amazon as well. Same for the thermostat if that is the prob. Forgot to say that was all that was wrong and the box still cools.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:18 PM   #8
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"We replaced it with a regular smaller 120V fridge that I used to keep in the bath tub!"

Why haven't most of us thought of this???? This is brilliant...prevents wet spots on the floor when we repeatedly have to trudge to the fridge for another beer while relaxing in the tub. Finally something I can use on this forum. Signed: I'm not signing this
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Why bother? Drinking beer, in my mind,is a much better use of your time.

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Old 07-12-2016, 05:28 PM   #10
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I have one like it out behind my house you can have for free if you want 2 of them. I was going to rebuild mine but could not find a replacement pack to fit it.
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The Ammonia System is worth something to those who rebuild fridges. They clean up and leak test the piping, recharge it and then install it in an old (still usable) fridge. My '96 Dometic cost $800 to have it refurbished, and he used a rebuilt system from someone else's fridge. Unless you got lucky and someone who rebuilds the systems saw it on Craigslist I would be surprised if anyone actually would be interested in a fridge in that condition.
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I'll take the racks inside the fridge if you are going to get rid of it or discard.
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I took my old Dometic to the scrapyard and received $0.77 for my effort.
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