Freezer contents defrosted!

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  1. Jack Slipper

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    First time away for 3 weeks so filled the freezer up. It's a brand new Thetford, have put the temp right up but no joy. The fridge is chilling ok. Can anyone advise on this please? Thanks
     
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    are you on hook up or gas?
     
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    Is it the one with the removable ice box ??
    We have one and it's always been rubbish if you fill it... :(
     
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    It's on hook up at the moment. It just had a removable ice tray. It's been ok on weekend trips when we didn't have a lot in it. Thank you
     
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    Was everything already frozen when you put it in the freezer and have you been trying to make ice?
     
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    Yes it was all already frozen and I made ice before we filled it to make sure it was freezing. We are in a pitch with a slight incline to the front of the van. Up on the top of the chocks not perfectly level but by no means pointing downhill! Thank you
     
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    Maybe worth turning the fridge setting down to 3 bars, ... sometimes helps as they don't like being over worked.
     
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    I know it sounds wrong to lower the setting on the fridge, but it works in most cases. try it at the mid-way point. and make sure the vents are not obstructed
     
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    Ok thank you - have reduced the setting to mid way now. Fingers crossed!
     
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    Does the fridge/freezer have an exterior vent? If so have you removed the winter cover?
    I only ask because we had the same problem on this years winter trip and when we got to Spain we couldn't work out why the food in the freezer started to defrost.
    We took of the winter exterior cover and hey presto, back to normal working
     
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    if still not working 100% , when you get home.. fit fridge exhaust fans in the top vent..

    Dometic do a kit.. or DIY with a couple of 12v computer fans..
     
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    Yes, both vents are clear. I have the covers in a locker for winter. Will run it on medium for a while and check again. It's not the end of the world. We are loving the motorhome experience regardless.
     
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    Good luck. It seems fridges can be temperamental
     
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    Just corrected your post ... :D
     
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    I see what you did there!
     
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    The Miller we had was fitted with a Thetford.. Over filling the freezer part always led to a fail !
    It is quite weird and counter intuitive but after speaking to a local fridge guy he said it was caused by a very poor basic design and such freezers needed enough room to circulate air ..
    I am still baffled by this but can report by removing some stuff from the freezer we had no further problems
     
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    Thanks - it was crammed full to be honest. Agree with your comment about it feeling counter intuitive! Having dropped the fridge temp down now it's colder than it was when it was on full! Learning every day!
     
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    Just pondering about why these things happen ...

    Freezer - I wonder if the air not being able to circulate due to the freezer being stuffed means it 'thinks' it's ALL cold as no warmer air can get back to the sensor to tell it otherwise and therefore it doesn't keep trying to cool it down?

    Fridge - As for the fridge being cooler when you turn the knob down (ie so it isn't being asked to cool it so much) maybe as it's not putting so much effort into cooling the freezer compartment which would take more 'power' away from the cooling of the fridge itself means that there is more power available to cool the fridge more?

    I think that makes sense! :D
     
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