gas / electric fridges

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 20:49
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hi everyone
just bought an old caravan with an electrolux gas / electric fridge. I was wondering do you need to service these things regularly. it seems to work ok but just want to find out before i go pulling the thing out of its cabinet
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 21:14

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 21:14
Maybe you could vacuum out any dust etc. But if i still works fine that means it's not lost any refrigerant and the heater elements still OK. If it ain't broken .....
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:32

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:32
These things actually have water as the refrigerant
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:48

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:48
My monies on ammonia.
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 21:29

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 21:29
ammonia is only the absorption medium (salt or crystal...what ever you want to call it) which is acts as a heat sink.

In the evaporator the refrigerant is (in theory ) pure water.

The system works beacuse its under a very deep vacuum .....geez its getting too technical....hehehe

Trust me ....the refrigerant is water

Other absorption sysytems use differnet heat sink "salts" such as lithium.
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 21:30

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 21:30
and you owe me the money!!!
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Thursday, Apr 29, 2004 at 07:01

Thursday, Apr 29, 2004 at 07:01
I stand corrected and bow to your profound knowledge ... ;-)

Had one a few years ago which sprung a leak .... the ammonia fumes were enough to knock yer socks off.
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Thursday, Apr 29, 2004 at 07:20

Thursday, Apr 29, 2004 at 07:20
yeah they do sitnk abi but not as dangerous as Trane Airconditioning absorbtion chillers which arsenic as inhibitor to stop the inside going rusty .....
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Reply By: navaraman - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:06

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:06
I used to service domestic gas fridges in the UK, they were quite common once over. Clean out the burner jet, brush the flue way and if possible turn the whole thing upside down for a second. I kid you not it works wonders, just make sure you empty it first.
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Reply By: Member Eric - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:28

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 22:28
Were are you ? this might help with a service guy . I know of a place in Clayton Melbourne if your from here . Dont expect to much on 12 volts though , they work great on Gas
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 09:27

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 09:27
Jason i have one of these fridges if it is the older type with the gause over the pilot light they are the better of this type of three way as long as the gause is there it will light, Alternate gas refridgeration at Arndele Park in Sydney specialise in these fridges, they are very good, if your not in Syd ring them they might know who to take it to in your state, they don't require alot of servicing but should be checked if it has not been used for a long while.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 10:21

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 10:21
Jason, i forgot to give the phone No (02)96721664 they are a good fridge, agreed they are not the best on 12v, as long as you get them cold on 240 or gas they stay cold while you travel from point to point, (eg) we traveled from Wombat State Forest back to Sydney with the fridge off all the way, we decided not to put it on 12v cause we were going home and there was'nt alot of food in the fridge anyway there was a beer in it and when we got home i had that beer, it was cold as cold as when i put it in there, tasted good to !!!

Baz.
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Reply By: Davoe - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 09:37

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004 at 09:37
I have had 2 of these fridges 1 came with a manuel as per previos answer the manuel said to clean soot around burner and apart from that they work crap on 12 volt but good on gas although mine always seem to work best on the first 1/2 of the gas bottle or on 240v keep them as level as possible when using or turn them off. they are fairly average(my experience) and realy struggle on hot days a 4kg gas bottle should be good for around 7-10 days with some cooking (less if you cook heaps) everyone swears by the turn em over and shake them unfortunatly mine have always been built in
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