3 way Electrolux Fridge not working

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 20:40
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Hi Happy Campers / Caravanners I need to pick your brains.
Does anyone have any advice on 3 way fridges mine seems to have give up the ghost it isn't even trying to get cold on either 240v mains or gas...I have checked the gas is getting through and igniting and doesn't get cold and when I try it on mains hook up the 240v switch lights up and still doesn't get cold.

The fridge gasses should be well mixed as the last couple of trips out have included corrugated roads up here in Karratha.

I have occasionally fired my generator up whilst the fridge has been on Gas and cant guarantee that I had the 240 v switch turned off and I read in the manual once it stopped working this can cause problems but it didn't state why or what it causes
Any advice / help would be most appreciated as the nearest caravan fridge repairer are in Geraldton
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 20:57

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 20:57
Is there any amonia smell or clouding inside the fridge?

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Follow Up By: HKB Electronics - Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 21:00

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 21:00
Forgot to add, I can't remember but I think the thermostate is mechanical,
does the thermostate click if you turn it all the way down then all the way up?

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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Friday, Oct 16, 2015 at 07:19

Friday, Oct 16, 2015 at 07:19
We recently had a similar problem, we would always set thermostate at about 2oclock, this was ample to freeze things, suddenly it wouldn't work on either gas or 240v, turned thermostate up higher to about 5/6 oclock and worked fine.
Have since replaced the thermostate.
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Reply By: Ross M - Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 23:07

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 23:07
In earlier times I had two absorbtion type fridges and they both failed when used on rough roads despite having both on a cushioned mounting.
The separating screens in the ammonia tubes both broke off their mounts internally and it could not recombine the gasses/ammonia to enable cooling.
Both were thrown away.

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Reply By: aboutfivebucks (Pilbara) - Friday, Oct 16, 2015 at 20:18

Friday, Oct 16, 2015 at 20:18
When I bought my first 3 way electrolux it took me a while to understand how level the fridge must be to work properly.
I literally used a spirit lever to level it each time from then on. Never another problem.

Im not sure if it was specific to that actual fridge or a problem with all electroly 3 way fridges.

Good luck.
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Follow Up By: aboutfivebucks (Pilbara) - Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 10:25

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 10:25
Whoops. Typo

spirit lever = spirit level
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Reply By: Jim G5 - Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 at 22:19

Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 at 22:19
Hi Paul,
You may find the attached link worth viewing as it provides an excellent description of 3 way fridge operation and troubleshooting. The link is for the first of a series of videos. that I found most informative.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIJYx5j2nPQ

Good luck.
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Reply By: Paul K19 - Monday, Nov 09, 2015 at 15:41

Monday, Nov 09, 2015 at 15:41
Thanks for your help and advice. I pulled the fridge out and have done some stripping I think the heating element on the 240 side is not working so have ordered a new one fingers crossed. Thanks you all again regards Paul
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