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How do I operate my 1971 rv Dometic RM 36 refrigerator? It works on both gas and electric but I have never used this type of fridge and the people I bought it from said they had never used it.

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Your refrigerator is a ammonia unit that boils the ammonia for it cool the box. It has a electric heat element inside the metal box you see when you look at the back of the unit. It is VERY important that you have the unit level in all directions before you use the unit., otherwise you will kill the cooling system.
As far as how to start the system first make sure that both the roof vent and the vent in back are clear. Turn the electric on to the unit and a light should show that the unit is on. turn the thermostat to the coldest setting. In a half a hour the freezer section should start to be cold. If not then you see if the back of the unit is heating up.
If it still cold in the back you should try operating it on gas. just follow the lighting instructions. If it heats up but still does not cool then the cooling is bad. It would be cheaper to by a new unit then fixing the old one.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014

Testimonial: "I appreciate your prompt response and will try it out later today. This is a restoration and my first one so I am hoping to be able to fix/operate (?) this unit to maintain that authenticity (1971 Teton), harvest-ish gold appliances. If I am unable to save this unit, what is a good option for this type of trailer that is also inexpensive enough to purchase for a sale? I am concerned about an electric only unit as it will not cool while traveling(?) Again, thank you so very much."

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SOURCE: Dometic rv fridge runs fine on elec, lights on gas

It is key that all control switches are in the correct position, depending on what power source you are using, gas, electric, etc. If the switches are not in the proper setting, the unit will not operate.

Here's the manual for your fridge that should be printed out for your use and reference (and reading enjoyment). It has all the info needed to operate and troubleshoot it.

Typically, when using any gas appliance with a pilot light, the sensor has to first be hot enough to trigger it to allow the safety gas shutoff to open and allow the gas to flow to the pilot/burner. Follow the instructions and you should be all set.

http://gasrefrigeration.net/dom_techdata/2707_2811SM.PDF

Hope you find this helpful and best regards!

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Dometic Rv fridge will get cold on a/c power but

does the flame ever got out if not ,the tsat is not the problem. It could be that the flame is not hot enough or the flue has a restriction

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a Dometic RV fridge that wont get cold. it

It sounds like your cooling unit is going out. Here's a couple of things to check. Do you smell any ammonia when you open either one of the doors? When you look at the rear of the fridge, do you see anything that looks like rusty water that has run down any of the metal tubes and dried up? If the answer to either one of these is "yes", then youll need to start looking for a new fridge or replace the cooling unit on the one that you have.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

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SOURCE: the freezer seems to be working fine but the

If you want a service manual for a Dometic Brand click on the link below. They are good people they will help you.

http://www.gasrefrigeration.net/dometic_manuals.htm Aug 06, 2009- If I can help you let me know, I work and talk to Dometic a lot, Thanks Sea Breeze
appliancepartsse@yahoo.com

Posted on Aug 06, 2009

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SOURCE: Unit cools fine on 120V, selecting GAS CHECK light on.

Do you hear a clicking sound If not. there is a black box inside the out side door. Check the fuses in it.

Ken

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

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