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Old 06-20-2007, 07:40 AM   #21
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Lew, don't remember the model # and it is at the shop right now...

David, I will call them and ask them to check thermocouple...thank you!

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Old 06-20-2007, 09:58 AM   #22
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Dometic or Norcold?

Lew, fridge is (was) model 2601.
Just talked to dealer, they have tried all the tricks, "shocking" (? not sure what that is), turning upside down, checked thermocouple, etc.

Conclusion? We need new fridge...

So now the question is; Dometic or Norcold?

And which model is preffered?

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Old 06-20-2007, 08:25 PM   #23
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BillTex,

Dometic has a 3 year warranty on new units and is presently under a 1,000,000 unit recall and is made in Sweden (part of the Electrolux Group)

Norcols has a 2 year warranty and has also had recall problems in the past (but their recall actually chanced the entire cooling unit in a bunch of fridges, not applied a band-aid!) and is made in the US.

TOUGH CHOICE!!
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:00 AM   #24
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Thanx Lew, I didn't really have a preference but gave the dealer the go-ahead w/Dometic as it will fir the space exactly. I did remind them of the recall (they were well aware of it).

FWIW, the dealer, so far has been very good to work with. I usually try to do most of the work myself, but wasn't up for a job like this.

Boy, is that one expen$ive fridge!

Thanx for your help Lew.
Should have camper back Fri or Mon...too bad, we wanted to go this weekend...

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Old 06-21-2007, 12:21 PM   #25
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Hi Lew, do you know what year Dometic switched to the round style accumulator and stopped using the square style?

I believe this is what made the difference between a fatal failure or temporary loss of cooling when off level?

I am just curious...

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Old 06-21-2007, 01:02 PM   #26
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Does running an older fridge off level just affect performance, or can it also cause damge to the unit?
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Old 06-21-2007, 02:29 PM   #27
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My interpretation of the Dometic literature is; if you run the “old style” (still haven’t figured out what year that changed) square type units off level, and you get a blockage, it will be fatal. Yes, you can “burp” it and it may run temporarily, but ultimate you will experience crystallization and the unit will fail.
The new (what year?) round style units, if run off level, may experience poor performance, or maybe even fail, but once you run down the road again and re-mix the ammonia solution, they will self correct.
I also gather that the old units will tolerate less off center conditions than the new units. So, while I may be bummed about how much $ I just spent on a new fridge, it should be a better unit and more tolerant of off level running…

I am sure Lew will chime in and set us straight, but that is my understanding at the moment!

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Old 06-24-2007, 10:15 PM   #28
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Hi Bill,

I'm not sure when they changed the design, but an 'old' style unit requires 'bubble level' to operate correctly while the 'new' units need only to have the RV 'comfortably level' operate correctly.

I checked my production notes but there was no mention of when the change was made. I'll call my friends at the Dometic hotline to see if they have an answer in the next day or so..............
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Hi Bill,

I'm not sure when they changed the design, but an 'old' style unit requires 'bubble level' to operate correctly while the 'new' units need only to have the RV 'comfortably level' operate correctly.
So the thing to do is put a bubble level on the freezer and calibrate the parking level to the freezer level, right?
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So the thing to do is put a bubble level on the freezer and calibrate the parking level to the freezer level, right?
CORRECT!
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Mike --looks like you have lots of advice and ideas---here's one more--our fridge did a similar thing ---found the door was adjusted low and after a few months of use it settled ever so slightly , enough the plunger on the interior lamp switch did not contact the door leaving the lamp on. --- found the problem by accident as I touched the lamp after opening the door and found it to be hot. obviously a simple check and simple repair-----pieman
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:14 AM   #32
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Thanx Lew, I am curious about when the design changed. I never ran the 89 fridge more than 1" or maybe 2" off level...guess that was enough!

Oh well, new fridge should be done today, my wallet will be quite a bit lighter, but at least we'll have a new (more "tolerant") fridge...

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