Old 2 way Electrolux gas fridge

Submitted: Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 21:28
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Hi all...we're new to the gas /electric fridge thing and the young bloke and I are out trying to fir up the old Electrolux gas fridge. Getting it lit ok while pulling out knob d for 30 seconds (or 5 minutes!) but as soon as we let knob d go she all goes out...she's level...any ideas please as we are off on our first couple of nights away this weekend

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Geoff
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Reply By: toyotabits.com - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 21:33

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 21:33
G'day, hold it on longer until it gets to operating temp. takes a bit longer as they get older with scale build up, dingo
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Reply By: Personalitee - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 21:39

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 21:39
Thanks Dingo...so how long do you reckon to keep trying for? We did a couple of minutes before and still went out, and I'm unsure of what you mean by operating temp? Is that the heat level required to start the absorption process?

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Geoff
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 21:50

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 21:50
Geoff,

That symptom sounds like the thermocouple has had it. That's the safety device that turns off the gas, if the flame blows out. If its not working, it won't allow the gas to continue flowing.

If you've held the button for 5 minutes or more, and flame goes out, then am sure that's problem.

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Reply By: Personalitee - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 22:04

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 22:04
Thanks Bob...are they still replaceable and is it a difficult job?

Thanks
Geoff
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 22:36

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 22:36
Imagine they would be available Geoff.

The older ones had a tab of soft metal that sat over the flame, and was attached to a part of the burner, that looked like a mushroom that was horizontal. Stretching the memory a bit here, but you unscrewed that "mushroom" off the burner assembly and the valve etc is behind it.

Can you check if that tab of metal is still in the flame, or maybe broken off? It may have been moved, or bent if someone was cleaning the burner.

Any Electrolux dealer should be able to supply one with model & serial no supplied. Depending on age of fridge, it might be more prudent to buy a complete new burner??

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 23:12

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 23:12
these fridges can do with periodic maintenance of the burners and flu systems anyway. last 2 ive had the d&*ckheads have built them in solid making it more trouble than its worth.
the flue should be cleaned of soot and the burners cleaned so they burn properly
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Reply By: young_codger - Saturday, Jan 10, 2009 at 03:41

Saturday, Jan 10, 2009 at 03:41
Get a toothbrush and clean the gas jet with some metho. The jets block up after a while.
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Reply By: Personalitee - Saturday, Jan 10, 2009 at 07:23

Saturday, Jan 10, 2009 at 07:23
Thanks again to all who replied! I'll start at the easiest fix first and work my way up, and will keep you posted.

Thanks again!
Geoff
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Reply By: wolfman - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 10:38

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 10:38
hi there 9 times out of 10 with it going out all the time when you realise the bnob is the thermocoupler not registering the heat, to keep it going ,, either the end of the thermocoupler is covered in crap from burner or the end of the thermocoupler has burnt of and soon as it is damaged or a hole in it the burner will not stay going,, check inside the burner and clean end of the thermocoupler and make sure the end is ok
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Follow Up By: wolfman - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:22

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:22
hi , if you were wondering i work in new zealand with a marine , caravan and motor home products as a repair technician, i deal with 3 way fridges every day, repairing , converting , reconditioning along with most other items that goes in motorhomes and boats and caravans....
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