Frazzled Fridge!

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  1. jimothy

    jimothy Read Only Funster

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    I think something traumatic must have happened at some point to my fridge!

    I noticed that the 12v on/off switch wouldn't stay clicked in the on position, almost like I'd expect an ignitor switch to work. It just kept springing back to 0.

    So broken switch thinks I - I'll just take the switch out and have a look. I took the front panel off - see what I found...

    The bottom two wires had fused together, it was all blackened and melted back there! and the back of the switch was pretty scorched too.

    I've had my multimeter on what's left of the wires, but nothing is flowing.

    Anyone know what might have caused this, and how do I get more of the fridge apart so I can see where those wires go and if I can repair it.

    The 240v circuit seems ok (green light comes on anyway), and the 12v is still firing the gas ignitor. But it would be good to get it running on the 12v!

    How long do they take to get cold? I had it running this evening on the hookup, and kept sticking my head in, but couldn't be very sure if it was getting colder in there. Was probly only on for an hour tho. I'd quite like to know for sure if the fridge is working on 240v.

    Advice gratefully received!

    Jamie :Smile:
     

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    TheBig1 Funster Life Member

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    Likely caused by somebody fitting to high rated fuse or none at all and corrosion causing a short

    to get the fridge out to work on it.....
    open fridge door and remove plastic bungs on either side of fridge walls to access screws
    remove screws
    slide fridge forward a bit
    remove bottom rear vent outside van
    disconect gas on rear of fridge throuh vent hole(obviously turn off at bottle first)
    slide fridge out a bit more and disconect electric feeds
    remove fridge


    best advice I can give is take a digital photo of how wires connect so you can put it back as installed
     
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    After its been on for a while, take one of the vent covers off outside and see if the pipes are getting warm If they are its a good sign its working.
     
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    Thanks for the tips you two! Most helpful.

    Replacement switch arrived today, so tomorrow that there fridge is coming out! :Smile:
     
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    Big1 - you neglected to mention that the fridge is an absolute bastid to pull out! :BigGrin:

    Good news is, the rest of the wiring behind looks absolutely fine, so I think just a catastrophic failure of the switch.

    Hopefully replace last section of wiring, attach new switch, and fingers crossed all will be good.

    I hope the fridge goes in easier than it comes out :Laughing:
     
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