Fridge has decided not to work on electric. Any ideas?

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  1. Encantador

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    We are in Spain and plan to be away another few weeks.

    Have been on electric for about 10 days without any problem. Today noticed the blue light flashing on fridge/freezer and the spanner icon.

    Looks as though it is suddenly not working on electric. Turned it off and on a few times and no change. Turn it to Auto and it goes onto gas.

    Have checked the fuse which is OK.

    Is there anything else we can check?

    Thanks

    Steve
     
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    I know it sounds a bit obvious but you haven't tripped the leccy have you ?
     
  3. Encantador

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    Unfortunately not, everything else is working including Hologen cooker and microwave.
     
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    Sounds like the 230v heater element has burnt out.
     
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    Thanks for that. Is there any way for a layman to confirm that?
     
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    You will need to isolate from the mains, identify which wires are from the 230v element & test with a multimeter. another possibility is the pcb though.
    What make/model is the fridge? I wouldn't worry too much as it's still working on gas & 12v.
     
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    It`s a Thetford, large(ish) fridge with small freezer on top.

    You are right, can probably manage on gas until we get home.

    Thanks
     
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    double check the trip for the fridge hasn't dropped, as its usually a different circuit to the sockets etc

    otherwise could be the element or the control board, but because it works on gas more likely the element
     
  9. Encantador

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    Is that the trip switches near the fuse board?
     
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    yes for the 240v electrics in the van
     
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    Same problem as we had a couple of months ago. Had the element replaced but think they have fitted the wrong one as freezer not cooling fully. We are in Germany right now so it will have to go back again when we get home.
    Lin
     
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    Given the age of your van I'd go with the mains electric element, ours went last year. Took me around three hours to change it.

    Rgds
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    Thanks for the replies, not much we can do till we get home then.

    Anyone paid to get it changed and can give me a idea on the cost?

    Steve
     
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    Got mine last year through Ebay from Whiteley & Hines Ltd t/a Rollacoaster Services cost £37.50.

    Rgds
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    Best part of £100-150 with fitting.
     
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    This seems to be a intermittent fault, over the last few days we have noticed on auto, it swaps between electric and gas.

    Does this make it more or less likely that it is the element?

    Steve
     
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    my fridge was playing up as well, its only a few weeks old so i popped into the dealer on my way for the ferry, it worked no problem , got to france it went off again, but its worked ok for the last two days, only thing i done was switch off the condensation button ,
    adam
     
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