I have a1990 refrigerator that has been working just fine and now it was sitting parked but running and I opened it to confirm operation before a camping trip and it had a very strong amonia smell that was burning my eyes when I opened the fridge door. The temp inside is 75 deg. I can hear and see the flame from the gas and I can hear the clicking when on AC. What is wrong, can it be fixed or is it time to replace it and if so, what brand and model is the best and hpefully not too expensive?
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try unplugging it and allowing it to sit for 24 hours or so to allow the refrigerant and compressor oil to settles. then retry. If the filter got plugged you will need a refrigeration tech to repair it.
what is the yellow residue around heating element? my fridge just isnt working right and sometimes stops all together, the freezer worked until lastnight but fridge hasnt cooled right for a week or so.
Strong Ammonia smell is dead give away for LEAK. Ammonia is the chief ingredient in the absorption type cooing system. Probably not economical to repair. For a second opinion, contact a Dometic Authorized Service Center.
Hi, you have a freon leak in your system, with the caravan refrigerators they use amonia as a cooling media. You need to either have a service person the knows this system or purchase a new one. thanks.
Unfortunately, you have a bad cooling unit in your refrigerator. Then ammonia smell means that you have a leak in the unit. TURN THE FRIDGE OFF!!! Do not use the fridge on AC or Gas until you have the cooling unit replaced or buy a new fridge. Depending on the model number and serial number of the fridge, it may be under recall by dometic and you might be able to have it repaired for free. If you will provide me with the model number, serial number and the serial number of the cooling unit (found on the outside of the unit in the fridge compartment, lower tank of cooling unit), I can then tell you the pricing of the repairs or whether it is under recall.
Again, TURN THE FRIDGE OFF and do not use it...RISK OF FIRE!!!!
I had this same problem and here is the possible solution.
The older fridges used amonia and water for a refrigerant. If it sits for a time the two seperate. Remove your fridge and turn it upside down and back again... let it sit for a bit in both positions. Occasionally turn it on.. either with gas or electric if so equipped. The process of heating and mixing the amonia and water will sometimes do the trick. When you notice its starting to get cold let it run a while.