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Fridge not cooling

Dometic rc1600 3way fridge not cooling back side feels hot do u think it needs more NH3 coolent/refrigerent

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If you look in the outside compartment do you see a yellowish powder? If you do, or if you smell amonia probably the cooling unit has leaked the coolant. It does not help to add coolant, it will just leak out again quickly. You will need a new fridge or to have the cooling unit replaced. If that is the problem, Dometic has a recall on some models for leaks and will pay for a new cooling unit.

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