Chescold fridge not working on gas

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I have a Chescold 3 way fridge that works fine on 240v and 12v but not on gas. The gas burner is working, producing plenty of heat but absolutely no cooling effect inside the fridge. I'm stumped by this, if I connect to 240v the element is ice cold within 30 mins yet if I change over to gas, without moving the fridge, no cooling whatsoever. Any ideas?
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Reply By: David Th - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 15:23

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 15:23
Try blasting the "chimney" area above where you see gas flame burning with compressed air to remove the carbon build up in chimney. Worked on mine with similar problem
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Reply By: Wrong Way Jon - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 15:32

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 15:32
Hi Gwray,
I know you said that there is plenty of heat from the flame, but is the flue clean? If not, get a old tooth brush and metho and scrub where the flame is( not while it's going)
Sometimes it can have a build up gunk there. The flame may not be at the right temp. Even try turning it up side down for a few hours, Although I doubt that will make a difference because you said it works fine on 240/12V.
They're a great fridge/freezer, we use ours all the time for a third fridge at home and when we go camping, even though the camper has a two way in it.
Hope you get it sorted.



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Reply By: wendys - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 16:38

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 16:38
Do you have it perfectly level?
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Reply By: wbsl - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 18:35

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 18:35
Hi

I had a chescold fridge doing the same thing, turned out to be the heat exchanger was stuffed.

More expensive to repair than replace, so I brought a new two way.

Regards Wayne
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Reply By: Adey - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 19:36

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 19:36
I have a Chescold some years ago that this happened to. I had it repaired by Elctrolux in Glen Waverley (Melbourne) for around $70.00. May be worth at least giving them a call.
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Reply By: Adey - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 19:36

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 19:36
I had a Chescold some years ago that this happened to. I had it repaired by Electrolux in Glen Waverley (Melbourne) for around $70.00. May be worth at least giving them a call.
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Reply By: Steve and Viv - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 22:28

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 22:28
Right. This is a real tip. Turn the fridge up side down fr about two hours. Literally put it on it's lid and this allows any vapour locks to be removed which causes no end of issues with these three way fridges. We used to do this once a season and we always had good cold beer.

Once the two hours are up, turn it back up the right way and then let it sit for another two hours.

As the liquid in these fridges is ammonia based if it is separated and then locked you will loose the efficiency of the evaporative process.

Anyway, try this please. It does work if that is the problem which is very likely. If it works on 240 volts then I reckon this will work. Also an this is very, very important. Get your self a basic spirit level and make sure it is absolutely flat. This is a must for these to work. If the flame is slightly off angle then it will it produce the heat required, 240 can compensate for this but not gas
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