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Yellow stuff My Rm hascraped out.. I find ammonia has leaked into the boiler unit. DOMETIC says to install a kit. This kit only shuts off the gas to prevent the trailer burning to the ground. After several call and a total runaround I am now really ticed-off. The unit is only three years old and a leak in the pipes is not from faulty care but from premature failier of a defective item. ANYONE GOT IDEAS? BTW Domectic has now sent me a recall notice.. Isn't that great!!

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  • fluidos1 Dec 31, 2008

    My Dometic Americana stopped working in my 2004 Layton trailer. the inside light comes on. I smell some ammonia in the back.

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2009

    same problem. talked to a lot of nice people. the recall only keeps it from a bon fire doesn't fix the problem which was my argument. so far they won't do anything for me. there was ammonia leaking. i told them their recall was like putting a bandaid on a broken arm but it didn't work.

  • zbop Apr 07, 2009

    Yellow stain around exhaust vent. Out of warranty Dometic's response was parts don't last forever, They should in a non-mechanical system. They have stretched the tubing down so thin to save a few extra pennies that they are developing "fatigue" cracks. Now that it's out of warranty they do not have to do anything but charge you for a new cooling unit or refrigerator (your choice) with the same problem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anyone with the same problem please call Dan Billington@636 583 5103
    for a class action law suit.

  • menaima Apr 12, 2009

    Hi I have the same problem it smells ammonia and the unit does not work anymore I live in mexico and would like to know if I can send or replace the part that is defective by sending it out without having to take the complete fridge out of the unit.
    Thank you for your response.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    my refrigerator has quit cooling. When I went to check the fusses in the power module I noticed that some yellow stuff had come out of the back of the refrigerator( fusses were good).



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Sorry to give you the bad news. The ammonia smell is the the refrigerant
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The fridge is wrecked. There are shops that rebuild the units. Beings as ammonia is corrosive one must assume there may be other leaks ready to appear. There are RV salvage yards that sell good used units.
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I also had the same Model Make. I removed my fridge and placed it upside down, occasionally shaking fridge within a 24 hr period. This seemed to re-mix the ammonia solution and the fridge is working.
This may work for you but look for yellow stains if you see any your fridge is leaking and would require repair.

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