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Old 02-03-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Urgent: strong ammonia odor in freezer

When we open the freezer door, a strong ammonia odor comes out.
We have the original Dometic fridge/freezer that came in our '95 AS. I know the freezer works with ammonia, but I think we might have a leak?

For now, I have turned off the freezer and opened the door to air out the strong smell.

Does someone know what is going on?

Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:45 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, that is the odor of death for the cooling unit for the fridge.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:45 AM   #3
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Sounds like you have a leak in the system. You may be able to get a rebuilt unit. But it looks like a new refer is in your future.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:48 AM   #5
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If you decide to replace the cooling unit instead of a total fridge replacement, I have been happy with the unit I got from here. It has been in place 2 years. And cools better than any RV fridge I have ever had.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:48 AM   #6
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When we open the freezer door, a strong ammonia odor comes out.
We have the original Dometic fridge/freezer that came in our '95 AS. I know the freezer works with ammonia, but I think we might have a leak?

For now, I have turned off the freezer and opened the door to air out the strong smell.

Does someone know what is going on?

Thanks!
The reefer cooling unit has sprung a leak.

CAUTION: That gas can kill a human being. Make sure the trailer has plenty of fresh air, before you reenter the coach.

All windows should be opened as well as the entrance door.

That gas, is extrememly toxic.


The fix, is the cooling unit or complete reefer must be replaced.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:57 AM   #7
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The replacement cooling unit seems to be $525 + labor.
Not sure how long it takes someone to install this. Is this a do-it-yourself project (I have no experience with electrical) or best left to a pro?

Is it generally recommended to replace the entire fridge (as opposd to just the cooling unit) and what would that cost?
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:59 AM   #8
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It is very easy. Plug and play. The hardest part is getting the old fridge out of its cabinet.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:16 PM   #9
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Andy's advice is spot on. Ammonia is toxic - do not assume that you can weather it. Be absolutely certain to get adequate ventilation. There have been way too many accidents with ammonia and refrigeration systems.
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Same thing happened to us last year on our '94. Seems to be the life for factory installed Dometic units. We ended up throwing out all the food. including some choice NY steaks we'd planned for Valentine's dinner. We replace the unit with a direct replacement from Dometic (installed by Camping World)...not cheap.
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The replacement cooling unit seems to be $525 + labor.
Not sure how long it takes someone to install this. Is this a do-it-yourself project (I have no experience with electrical) or best left to a pro?

Is it generally recommended to replace the entire fridge (as opposd to just the cooling unit) and what would that cost?
I replaced our refer this past summer it's a simple 2 person job they weigh around 100lbs . it cost me a little over $800. for a new dometic factory second with a full warranty . Everything inside an Airstream fits through the entry door it's just too much for one person to handle I built a wooden stand to set it on while pulling it out of the space it was in . Les
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:34 PM   #12
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At the bottom of the home page of the website I sent you in post#5, there are now 9 different "how to" videos showing how to replace the cooling units. I only looked at the first one, but it gives you an idea of what's involved.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:08 PM   #13
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Today being Sunday, the rv stores around here are open but their service depts. are closed until tomorrow.

I'll give them a call tomorrow to compare prices between having them install a new fridge or me potentially taking on the cooling unit replacement job.

Thanks everyone for the quick answers!
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:28 PM   #14
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Palomino in Houston has the best prices around . And...if you want, drive down
and they will install....then spend a day at Seaside.
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