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Will not cool. Electric is on and there is a strong amonia smell.

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TURN THE FRIDGE OFF AND DO NOT USE!!!! Your cooling unit is leaking!!!! You will need to replace either the cooling unit or the entire fridge. There is usually about a 400 dollar difference in the two. Check your model number and serial number of the fridge and call your local dometic dealer to see if it is under recall. You may be able to have it repaired for free. If you provide me with the model, serial number and serial number of the cooling unit (located in the rear through the door on the tank assembly), I can provide you with this information.


Let me know what happens,


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Again, TURN THE FRIDGE OFF and do not use it...RISK OF FIRE!!!!

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