3way fridge temperature won't go low enough

Submitted: Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 21:12
ThreadID: 43424 Views:2809 Replies:7 FollowUps:3
This Thread has been Archived
I checked the archives and apparently my caravan fridge, Electrolux, needs to be removed and turned upside down. Unfortunately there is no instructions on how to remove the fridge, The caravan has not been used for 6 months, so I assume that is the problem as it won't go below about 12 deg on a 30deg day and it used to work beautifully. Many thanks for any help.

Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Peter 2 - Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 21:22

Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 21:22
You might get away with just taking the van for a run along a section of bumpy road to shake the coolant in the frig up a bit.
to remove the frig you will probably have to (well I did on mine) remove the fluted panel on the outside of the van to access the screws holding the back of the frig to the floor and also the gas and electrical connections.
There were also four screws in the trim panel surrounding the front of the frig holding it back into the cupboard.
Personally I'd try taking it for a bumpy ride first ;-))
AnswerID: 228428

Follow Up By: 13gef13 - Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 21:27

Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 21:27
Tried that, went for a long drive on Qld roads, bumpy! Took the outside panel off and gently banged the coils, made no difference, it will have to come out. The caravan is a Jayco Freedom. Thanks for the suggestion.

FollowupID: 489187

Reply By: skulldug - Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 21:46

Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 21:46

Remove the four plugs on the front trim around the door and then the screws. If it won't pull forward, check for two screws into the floor at the back by removing the bottom grill on the outside of the van. Remove flu. Pulling it our gently will reveal gas connection at the top fron of the fridge. Disconnect wiring and gas and then should be able to pull it out all the way. Be careful not to damage lino floor of van. While you have it out, try to improve the installation. Check Post 42682 for some ideas.

Geoff, sorry to be negative about three way fridges but looking at the design of the fridge and installation in at least some very popular caravans, its surprising they work in Australian conditions at all.

Good luck

AnswerID: 228437

Follow Up By: 13gef13 - Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 22:03

Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 22:03
Thats the info I wanted, thanks very much. The 12 volt fan, what size was it, and was it mounted verticallt or horizontly? Many thanks

FollowupID: 489193

Follow Up By: skulldug - Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 22:19

Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 22:19

I bought the Dometic fan kit. Should be available at caravan shop or Jayco dealers. Mount vertically about four inches below the heat exchanger so air blows upwards. It comes with a thermostat type switch that is attached to the heat exchanger fins. I chose not to use this and fitted a manual switch instead that can be turned on or off from inside the van. Reasoning is that the fan can be heard at night. At least it is possible to turn it off when going to sleep.

FollowupID: 489195

Reply By: Jimbo - Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 22:01

Monday, Mar 19, 2007 at 22:01
I wouldn't give you 2 knobs of goat dung for your average 3 way fridge fitted to most vans.

The RM 2350, 90 L, is the commonly fitted one. It's about as useful as hip pockets on your jocks when it gets to 35 degrees.

Dometic do produce a better quality fridge, but most van builders don't fit it. It's only usually fitted to their "premium" vans.

My parents have a 21 foot "full bottle" Jayco van that has a 150 L Dometic fridge that is "T" rated and it freezes stuff in the fridge section if they are not careful.

They will work well if they are the appropriate model for the conditions.
AnswerID: 228448

Reply By: Member - DOZER- Tuesday, Mar 20, 2007 at 09:36

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2007 at 09:36
Firstly...did u have your van level??? makes a big difference...some fridges are more sensitive than others.
Get a spirit level and put it on the bottom of the fridge inside or where it is flat and set the fridge up level and give that a go.
Secondly, was there a funny smell in the fridge when you opened it?? Is the plastic going yellow?? These are symptoms of the coolant leaking, usually from the freezer, because even if the door is left open to store, the freezer is usually left closed, and the pipework rusts in there till the coolant escapes....
3rdly...when i went around oz, i bought an engel caravan fridge, which was 2 way 12/240. The first night it became apparent to me why they are not fitted std......Brrrrrrrr.....tinkle tinkle.........Brrrrrrrrrrr......Tinkle tinkle......Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Had the coldest beer in Darwin but red eyes from lack of sleep....
AnswerID: 228502

Reply By: Wizard1 - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2007 at 10:19

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2007 at 10:19
What type of power source have you tried it on? The reason I ask is mine wouln't get cool enough on gas but fine on 240V. Seems the gas thermostat was blocked.

How often do you run the fridge? It is suggested they be run at least once a month when not being used regularly..
AnswerID: 228516

Reply By: Tony - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2007 at 10:37

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2007 at 10:37
Give the flue and good clean as well. It maybe partically blocked.
AnswerID: 228523

Reply By: 13gef13 - Thursday, Mar 22, 2007 at 13:22

Thursday, Mar 22, 2007 at 13:22
Tried all of the suggestions, except the goat dung, and have it testing now. It's holding -0.3 degrees in ambient 28degrees with about 8 litres of water in it on electricity. Will try gas tommorrow. Many thanks for the helpful suggestions, it's much appreciated.

AnswerID: 228982

Sponsored Links