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Old 09-22-2010, 05:18 PM   #1
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Frig leave on vs off

What is the best way to store a RV refrigerator. Leave it running or cut it off. If you cut it off will the ammonia eat the coils faster because the ammonia sit in one spot. Running then the ammonia will eat all of the coil evenly making it last longer. I don't know which is best.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:59 PM   #2
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We always leave ours off when not in use. My newest fridge dates back to the early 70's. I suspect it really doesn't make any difference
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:19 PM   #3
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There was a recent discussion on RV net regarding causes of refrigerator failure. According to one operator of a rebuild shop, the largest cause of failure to the cooling unit is due to corrosion on the cool side of the coils from the outside in, due to moisture condensate.

Sorry I don't have a link for this.

There was no mention on how to minimize the corrosion. Perhaps shutting it off and leaving the door open could stimulate more air circulation in this insulated area and promote quicker evaporation of the moisture.
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