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Gulfcoast

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Posted: 06/27/20 07:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Trailer has been sitting a few months...

Dometic 6 CF refrigerator - gas and electric

Two years old

I started the refrigerator on this morning on propane. I checked to see that I had a flame in the burner and it sounded normal.

I came back to the trailer about three hours later and the box was ICE COLD inside, but humming or whistling loudly. I could hear the noise louder inside the trailer, more than outside at the louver.

I have not seen a fan and don't think it has one. I think the noise is coming from the cooling coil, and definately not the burner.

No one could sleep with that racket.

The outside coils were HOT, but it was cooling well.

I've been around rv refrigerators since 1960, and never heard a loud noise like this. I was scared to leave it on overnight.

I want to run it on electric tomorrow and see what happens.

Ideas?

* This post was edited 06/28/20 06:49pm by Gulfcoast *

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Posted: 06/27/20 08:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is this fridge in a slide? Sounds like a cooling fan in the outside compartment is bad. To see the fan you have to get on a ladder and look down into the top vent.

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Not in a slide, I don't know if it has an exterior fan or not up in the vent. There is no fan inside the refrigerator.

If it has an external in the vent exhaust fan, that's sure the kind of noise it was making.... like bad bearings.

I will check further tomorrow.

* This post was edited 06/27/20 08:56pm by Gulfcoast *

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Posted: 06/27/20 10:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it a high pitched squeal?


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Posted: 06/27/20 11:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My hearing is not that good but I think so. I'll have to get the wife out there to tell me exactly the sound.

* This post was edited 06/28/20 12:03am by Gulfcoast *

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My 1987 Norcold made a loud high pitched squeal. I could stop it by tapping on the bottom plate. Perhaps that may be a solution for yours too?

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Posted: 06/28/20 04:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will check it out today, a two-year old barely used refrigerator shouldn't make any noise. I will call the company tomorrow.

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Posted: 06/28/20 07:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think in the gas absorption refrigerator, there really isn't any moving parts, so not likely a problem with the refrigerator itself. I bet there is a fan making that noise!

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Any noise from an RV refer will be the back side cooling fan/s. The only other noise a RV refer will make is a slight Gurgling sound from the Cooling unit, But this is usually only observed from the outside with the access door removed. Doug

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Posted: 06/28/20 08:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just started it on electric, we will see what happens today.

There's no fan on the back side of the refrigerator and there's no fan inside the trailer running.

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