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Need directions to remove and replace 110 element in Dometic 2652

Need directions to remove and replace 110 heat element in Dometic 2652 refrigerator

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  • Red River RV Repair Aug 29, 2017

    I own a mobile RV repair company ( When you open the service panel on the outside of your coach to the right you will see a 6 x 9 panel held on with three screws. Remove that panel. You will now see the heat riser cover and a metal rod bending out at an angle with wires connected to it. That is the heating element. You will want to see if it is free by wiggling back and forth. If it is frozen and will not move - DO NOT FORCE IT!! It has ruptured and welded to the inside of the cooling unit. Forcing it to move could break the weld and cause the ammonia/hydrogen to leak out which creates a fire hazard. There are two small tubes that a heating element can be mounted into should the first element seize into place. If you opt to install a new element in the second tube - a. I am not responsible for any issues and or damage that may arise from your choice to work on your own unit. b. Cut the wires off of the old heating element so as to not get confused. c. If the cooling unit has been compromised adding a second heat source could ignite the hydrogen and cause serious injury and loss of your unit. My recommendation is that you have the cooling unit replaced if the heating element has welded into place. Moving forward, there is a small metal cover that is removable that holds the heating element in place - remove that plate. Remove the cover from the circuit board. Locate the two wires from the heating element (take a picture before unplugging anything so that you will know where to reconnect) and unplug them. Now, while apply upward pressure begin to wiggle the element back and forth until it is out of the tube. Once removed, discard and install the new element following the procedure in reverse order.



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Get to the back of the fridge. On the right hand side, there is a metal tube about 4" in diameter which starts at the bottom and goes up. This is a piece of thin sheet metal, which holds insulation against the refrigerant line that goes up the right side of the fridge. The 110 volt heater is located inside of that, near the bottom. The heater sits inside of a small tube, welded to the refrigerant line, and is easily replaced. To get to it, remove any flat sheet metal parts that block your view of the 4" tube (you will need to have a clear view of the bottom of it.) Then you can see the heater. It is on the left side of your 4" tube, metal, about 5/16" in diameter, has 2 wires attached, and sticks out an inch or so to the left. Trace the wires back to where they are connected on your fridge, and remove them, (probably with a small straight blade screwdriver.) It may be necessary to remove another cover or 2 to get to that connection, so remember where all your cover plates came from. Digital cameras are great ;-) . Then, on your 4" tube, unsnap and open the "door" (the metal piece which is a couple if inches wide and 7" or so high,) Grab a hold of your old heater, and pull it up. It probably wont come up all the way so you can lift it completely out, so you will have to unsnap some of your 4" tube above the door. When you remove the old heater, note its position relative to the insulation and refrigerant tube, 'cause the new one goes right back in the same spot. Pull the old one out, and put the new one in. You will know you have it installed correctly when it is snug in its own little tube (you wont be able to see that part,) and there is no side to side play. Then reverse the directions, and put everything back together again. When you re-attach the 2 wires to your unit, don't worry about getting it wrong, it doesn't matter which wire goes with what connector.

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Take ref out remove sheet metal cover and fiberglass and their it is

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  • 4stevetaylor Jul 24, 2009

    Remove refrigator then remove sheet metal that is wrap around buner unit. The element is in a tube next to the burner unit it has to be twisted to get it out


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Here's a manual for your fridge, it has a diagrams of the unit, which should allow you to remove and replace the element.

Hope you find this helpful and best regards!

Posted on Aug 08, 2009

  • Alan Hand Mar 15, 2015

    Do you have an update of the url above as it doesn't work anymore. Thanks

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    Mark Mar 18, 2015

    It appears the one I linked to 6 years ago, is no longer a valid. Here's the manual on another site. Also, here's a Youtube video that walks you through the process. That should help you address your problem! Hope you find this helpful and best regards!


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