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Avanti EC15W-2 Thermoelectric - stopped cooling. Purchased on August 3, 2006.  Has always been quiet. Still is, but I can hear that something's running if I put my ear to it. Light works.  Any suggestions? How do I access the fuse or the circuit breaker?Thanks.

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  • AlbertP Nov 19, 2007

    I know a teeny bit about electronics, but the fuse is not blown on mine nor are the capacitors leaking. It's really weird how this technology could work at all - a couple of fans blowing on some heat sinks. Why all the circuit boards?

  • sclark43 Dec 06, 2007

    The light works, the fans work, it blows warm air into the refrigerator.

  • Caribwoy Mar 26, 2008

    Have the same problem with the ECW 28 model bought just a year ago.... Started leaking water from the fan area INTO the fridge rather than the catch compartment in the rear...

    Now only barely cooler than external temp...

    help please

  • Caribwoy May 11, 2010

    Cleaned both the fans and the external heat sink (metal radiator area) as was very dusty.

    All fans work ie both the outer fans to cool the heat sink AND the internal fan which blows fridge air over the "cool" area of the thermo-electric plate.

    BUT still only Minimal cooling after overnight 18C degrees on Max vs 14C before.... dunno if the right juice is getting to the thermo-electric plate???

    BTW one heat sink on the circuit board is extremely hot ... any clues electronic guys??

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    no cooling or no sound coming from the refrigerator when connected to 110 outlet.



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I think the circuit board is nothing more than a power supply converting the 120 volts ac to dc. If that goes then there is no way for the solid state device to cool,
Is there dust under the back cover? Is there frost/ice build up in the fridge fan compartment. I suggest to unplug for a day and try again. Hope this helps.

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