Sunday, June 17, 2012

Refrigerator Trouble in Carson City! Ed's RV Repair to the Rescue

We enjoy living fulltime in the motorhome, but once in a while, there are a few challenges we need to address. Unfortunately, our refrigerator decided to be one of these challenges!

 We returned from Yosemite Park and found that the refrigerator temperatures had climbed dramatically. Our Dometic fridge has a temperature readout behind the door, but both freezer and refrigerator components showed "HI" temp -- not good. 

The problem had likely been underway for a couple days since when we found it, the freezer was up to 60 degrees and everything was fully thawed. Fortunately, we did have too much in it, but we knew we had a problem. Rick called the Dometic company and they recommended a local firm called Ed's RV Repair. Fortunately, when Rick talked to Ed's, they agreed to take a look at it right away.

 The tech at Ed's had to do some interesting trouble shooting -- he needed specific diagnostic meters and a strong knowledge of how the system works. Fortunately, he was up to the task!

 There are three main circuit boards in the unit -- this one is the main logic board, while at the top is the 110 volt control board. The tech found a ground connector on the main board that was faulty, but even after fixing that, the unit would not operate on LP gas.

 More detective work was required to determine that the LP gas board was faulty. Rick was happy to learn that Dometic's 2 year warranty would pay for the board and labor.

 Here is the culprit after it was replaced. We were delighted to find a great repair shop in Ed's and would certainly recommend them if you ever are in the Carson City, NV area.
Success! The refrigerator works like a champ now on both electric and LP and easily keeps the food cold.

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