Originally Posted by 1959newbie
because I'm really frustrated!
My trailer has been stationary and in use merely as a guest room for the past 3 years, and so I've been slow to repair the inside door liner of the original Dometic fridge, to build a chase for the new vents I installed high and low behind it, or to find a new gasket for the door.
But now I'm getting ready to start using the trailer for camping, so working on fridge again, and had my RV tech out yesterday to work on a couple of other things.
He and I were BOTH frustrated because, although I've gotten the Klixon valve lit and the fridge working three times before -- most recently about 18 months ago with him -- NEITHER ONE OF US CAN REMEMBER HOW WE DID IT! I mean, I do remember having to hold heat on the Klixon a long time, but is there some obscure kind of gas valve to turn on first? There was nothing obvious to either of us, e.g., to push in or turn on while holding heat on the Klixon. But all we had were some wimpy grill lighters, so maybe that was the problem -- I'm hoping!
All the helpful-looking links on this thread are no longer functioning. Can anyone refresh my memory? Or do I just need to go get a mini-torch?
Lynne, Don't lose hope! When I would light our old fridge, I would count to approximately 140 while using a bbq lighter waiting for the 'click'. After getting a small torch, I would count to about 20. Here's a link to the torch I had:
Amazon.com: Bernz-o-matic 019133/ST2200T Micro Flame Butane Torch Kit: Home Improvement
Procedures as I remember them:
1) turn propane tanks on.
2) light the stove or furnace for a minute or two to get propane in the lines. Choose appliance as close to the refer as possible to get the propane system running.
3) turn thermostat on fridge to coldest setting. This is important for maximum gas flow to the Klixon valve.
3) turn the old black gas valve on the refer itself 90 degrees to allow gas to flow to refer regulator, thermostat and Klixon valve.
4) light torch and point carefully at base of metal tab. I like to warm the tab and circular base together. you WILL hear a faint or loud 'click' from the Klixon valve and you will see flame come from the burner. I always liked to keep the flame on for another 10 or so seconds to make sure the gas is flowing completely (mine always had some air in the lines so the flame was faint at first.)
5) check flame every few minutes. If the metal tab isn't getting warm enough from the flame, it will cause the valve to close and turn off the flame.
It took about 12-14 hours to get cold, so we would always light the burner the night before we were going to leave for a trip.
If the flame is weak, take the burner apart carefully and clean it with compressed air or some other delicate means. Ours was full of soot and rust from the flue above it. Very excited to hear you are working on yours. Don't give up hope!!!!!
Post some pictures of your proud flame! I may have access to a working working Klixon valve if you need.