chescold 3 way fridge freezer

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 08, 2003 at 17:10
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WE have a Chescold 3 way fridge freezer that doesn't work on gas, 12volt or electric anymore. It worked great for a while and just stopped one day. We have tried turning it upside down overnight and then turning it on but it made no difference.
If anyone has any ideas we would appreciate it as we don't want to have to buy another one. It is quite a few years old as we bought it off my parents.

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Reply By: Member - Colin- Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 00:55

Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 00:55
Can't be too much wrong as they are relatively simple in design !!
On 12 v and 240 it heats up an element, so this has to be an electrical problem, loose wire or blown element ? On gas the flame heats up a chimney inside the same tube as the element. The gas operation is a little more complex - there is a auto cut out which stops gas flow if the flame goes out. The gas pipes can get dirt in them which will block flow or there is a diaphram behind the controls which may deteriorate whith age. My Sadec is about 20 years old and started to play up on gas last month. After some searching I found someone who services 3 way frigs. It just required cleaning of gas pipes, cost about $80 to fix. Most frig brands use the same parts. This was the only problem it's given in 20 years! Don't give up on it - the hardest thing may be finding someone who knows how to fix it. Good luck
PS If you get it working, remember to run a heavy supply wire from the Battery (with an inline fuse) and fit a 12 v computer fan into the back (to improve air flow). These 2 mods will greatly improve 12v performance.
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Follow Up By: Jules - Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 13:31

Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 13:31
Dear Colin

Thanks for the info. The fact that it has stopped working on all three systems at once is a bit strange don't you think.

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Follow Up By: Jules - Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 13:39

Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 13:39
After checking it out my husband thinks it is the element that is the problem. Does anyone know if there is anyone in Toowoomba that fixes 3 way fridges at a reasonable cost? Does the element have to be replaced with a Chescold or do universal elements fit?
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Reply By: rodeoowner - Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 14:32

Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 14:32
Do you have and can you use a multimeter? If so, you can check the elements (12V and 240V) yourself. If it isn't running on any of the three sources and you have tried turning it on it's lid and it still doesn't work, it doesn't sound good. But you won't be sure until you check the elements. PS. I am a gas service technician.
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Follow Up By: Jules - Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 15:12

Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 15:12
Thanks for the info. My husband can get hold of a multimeter so I will get him to check it. I noticed you name is rodeoowner, we have a rodeo also it is a 4 x 4 1997 turbo diesel model with a dual cab and we just love it. What year is yours?
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Reply By: col - Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 16:22

Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 16:22
Jules it might have something to do with the previous owner
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Follow Up By: Jules - Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 16:54

Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 16:54
Hi Col

That isn't nice now is it? You should show more respect!!!

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Reply By: Leo C - Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 22:23

Sunday, Mar 09, 2003 at 22:23
If your Chescold heats or warms up at the rear on 240v and it is level, you have a problem with the cooling unit. If there is no heat or warmth it will more than likely be the heating element. To replace the cooling system can cost around the $400 mark and to replace the element, about $125. New Chescolds cost from $600 to $1200

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Reply By: David - Sunday, Mar 16, 2003 at 20:20

Sunday, Mar 16, 2003 at 20:20
3 way fridges have to be level.
Not just to work, you actually destroy the cooling unit if you operate it off level. Basically what happens is the coolant stops circulating, overheats and forms crystals which block the system.
Every time you operate it off level you start this process.... driving is Ok as the vehicle is in constant motion, but park for a while with it running and look out!
The only fix is usually a complete new cooling unit- very expensive. Pity they don't tell most peopls this as many don'trealize the problem- also a very good reason to be very carefull buying one secondhand!
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