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RV frig: won't run efficiently on gas

Works on electricity & battery, but doesn't reach cool enough temperature on gas

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Hi Mitch,

Couple things to check, but they are going to take some time to do them.

First, check the burner area, and especially the burner itself. It should be free of debris, and have a nice blue flame when it is lit. The flame should be centered in the burner area.

Second, and this requires going on top of your coach, is to check your burner tube (after fridge has been turned off for a while). Open the fridge vent on the roof, and you should be able to reach down and remove the flue cap (if present). You are looking for a little piece of wire that is hooked on the side of the chimney. Pull this wire, and there should be a curved metal strip attached at the bottom. Look for insect activity, as well as the bottom edge being rough. The bottom edge should be smooth. Using a flashlight, you might be able to see down the chimney for debris that might have built up. Run a long thing brush down the chimney to clean it out. Remove the debris that has fallen into the burner area.

You also need to check your orifice to see if it is blocked, particularly if the flame appears to be weak. You can get an operators manual from bryantrv.com under the owners manual section.

By The Way, your fridge is on the recall list. You need to contact Dometic to check its status (you will need serial #) if you haven't done so already. If your fridge has the recall kit installed, did the gas operation possibly start after the kit was installed?

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Won't operate in gas mode. Get code with a "wrench 3."


time to get the service person back under warranty
don't try repairs yourself as that voids the warranty
because you had to replace the regulator so early after purchase , it suggests problem in the gas lines(dirt or filings) that have blocked up the gas jets . problems on the other circuits could be again installation faults
I'm sure that you will make your dissatisfaction known to the company

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How to fix a Refrigerator that Doesn?t Cool or Runs Constantly


If the refrigerator’s light works and you can hear the refrigerator running but it cools poorly or does not stop running, make sure nothing is blocking the passageway between the freezer and the refrigerator compartments. If airflow is restricted by, for example, a loaf of bread situated in front of the passageway, the refrigerator won’t get cold. Be aware that a refrigerator will tend to run longer when it’s full of food, the door is opened frequently, or the room temperature is hot.If your refrigerator runs without stopping, it may be low on refrigerant and cannot reach the low temperature that the cold control dial summons. More likely, it is a defrost problem in which a component in the automatic defrosting system is faulty. This could be a defrost heater, a defrost timer, or a defrost terminator.
Before you call a repairperson, do the following:
1) Determine whether the refrigerator section is being cooled. If you see frost at the top of a “frost-free” refrigerator even when the cold control is set low, it means the refrigerator probably has a full charge of refrigerant and it is the thermostat that is faulty or out of calibration.
2) Try turning the cold control both up and down. If the compressor doesn’t shut off, the cold control may be broken. Call a repairperson. During the repair, it is a good idea to have the defrost timer and heaters checked to ensure they are working correctly.
3) Look at the condenser coils, located at the bottom of the refrigerator (behind the kick plate) or, in some cases, at the back. These coils disperse heat from inside the refrigerator out into the room with the aid of a fan. If the coils are dirty, the refrigerator won’t operate efficiently. You must clean them regularly.
4) Make sure the drain line under the evaporator coils, which goes to a pan underneath, is not plugged up (water should drip into the pan when the refrigerator is defrosting).
5) To put off having the refrigerator repaired for a few days, you may be able to defrost it manually with a hair dryer—if you can access the cooling coils in the freezer section. Excessive moisture in the coils can turn into a frozen mass, reducing efficiency. Be very careful when using the hair dryer near a water source as there is a serious risk of electrical shock. Also be careful not to melt the plastic parts.

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That is normal cooling fan operation. the fans are computer controlled and not turned on until the engine reaches the pre programmed temperature, that is about 185-195F

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I know this is a vague question. (trying to help out hubby) I am currently at work, however, our norcold elect/gas fridge/freezer in our mallard camper stopped working properly. the lp gas light is lit,...


Don't be despirate.

You need a little more knowledge ... I'm here to give it.

Your RV refrigerator requires 12 volts to operate; on gas or on electric ... it needs 12 volts - period.

Now then, your frig will get 12 volts from your 'power converter' AND/OR your battery. You do have a battery in your unit, correct? If not - why not? Get one. (Your power converter cannot provide all the 12 volts you potentially require in all circumstances. It is there to charge the battery, which CAN supply all the 12 volts you require. The converter can probably put out 15 amps - your battery can put out 100 amps or more (@ 12 volts DC). Relying only on the converter for your 12 volts will cause over heating and will eventually destroy the converter. Batteries are about $100.00 - converters are about $300.00.

As you know, your frig will run on gas if you are plugged in or on generator ... that allows your frig to get the 12 volts required to run the controls.

What about electric operation? If you are plugged in or on generator, you can run on electric because your Norcold has 12 volts from the converter and/or battery.

Whats going on? Your absorbtion type refrigerator requires a heat source to boil the ammonia mixture to create "heat removing" (you can't really cool anything ... only remove the heat from it!) You can heat the ammonia with a flame or with a electric CALROD. However, the control panel that drives the whole operation runs of 12 volts.

You have a battery and generator and are plugged in and it still doesn't work? You will find a fuse on the control panel in the compartment accessible from the outside of your unit. Check/replace the faulty fuse and you will be back in business.

I hope this helps you and hubby with your Norcold Frig. Thanks for your interest in FixYa.com. If you found this solution to be helpful, please vote. Thanks

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I use a Dometic RM2193 in my pop-up camper. Can anyone tell me what temperature differential I should be able to acheive on 120VAC, propane and 12VDC? On 120VAC I was getting about a 40 degree fairenheit...


Usually from the Bottom of the refrigerator you should have minimum of 43f or colder than ambient. Should work very close to same on both gas and 110, on Dc it may not cool as good. From your description you may have an issue with ventilation. Cold air needs to flow in through the lower vent and out through the upper, if it cant, cooling efficiency is lost. Adding a fan kit can help on hot days. On gas you may have particles that fell down in the burner. Just take the cover off, take the burner screw out and blow down into burner to clean out. compressor or canned air works fine. If cleaning the burner doesn't improve it enough on gas to match electric you have to make sure your regulator on your rv has enough pressure... the fridges require 11 inches of water column.

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Ice started forming on top of unit and now it has shut off and won't restart. It hasn't been running efficiently for past few weeks. Can I fix it?


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