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Old 11-15-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Refrigerator vent in winter.

Does anyone know if there is a problem closing off the vent access panel to the fridge with insulation in the winter, when using electricity to power the fridge?

I am wintering in NE Pa. this winter and a lot of cold air comes thru this vent.
My fridge does not switch over to gas automaticly, so using electricity, I would not think there would be any danger from carbon monoxide?

Anyone try this?

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Old 11-15-2011, 01:47 PM   #2
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The fridge needs a heat source to function.

When on gas - that source of heat is the open flame. That flame produces combustion gases that need to be vented. The heat also needs to be vented and both flow out the vent.

The fridge on electric produces the same heat to make the fridge work, it too needs to be vented for the fridge to function properly.

I do not think you can completely block this vent and use the fridge.

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Old 11-15-2011, 02:12 PM   #3
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You can close off the vent in the side of the trailer that allows in the combustion air,it will pull in enough air around the unit to create a draft for the electric heat to escape thru the roof,when on electric. Dave
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:23 PM   #4
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I have a questions regarding this as well. I have two large vents for the refrigerator - one lower and one upper. I read somewhere that partially closing off the vents would help with heat loss in the winter. True? Is there any major concern with say closing off the lower vent and leaving the upper vent and roof vent (assuming there is a roof vent on an 08 international 23) open? Any advantage in doing this?
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:04 PM   #5
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The fridge has to get rid of heat in order to keep its contents cold. The colder the back of the fridge is, the more efficient it will be.

Ideally you would want to caulk or insulate around the fridge instead.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:34 PM   #6
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Ok sounds good. Thanks!

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