Fridge uses lots of gas.. Why?

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  1. Mattyjwr

    Mattyjwr Funster Life Member

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    A friend has an old Hymer with a 3 way fridge about the size of an undercounter fridge.

    When on hookup, it cools well. When on gas, it uses gas very heavily (apparently, a bottle a day). Any idea why? When we have had high consumption, it was because the fridge was beneath a cupboard with lots of clothes in and it overheated. Their van's fridge just has a work top above it.

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    faulty thermostat perhaps or a gas leak
     
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    A bottle a day? Even if they are small bottles something is wrong. A new jet required I think would be a start.
     
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    Wouldn't a faulty thermostat give poor performance when on lecky too?
     
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    Yes it would use more lecky
     
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    I'm not knowledgeable about gas fridges. Would a faulty jet allow lots of unused gas to escape?
     
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    I'm certainly no expert but I know with just cooking and the fridge we get through around 3 or 4 kg of gas a week. I don't think even a faulty thermostat would consume a "bottle a day" as the flame is quite small and even burning twenty four hours a day it shouldn't empty a bottle. But what other uses of gas have they, how are they heating water? Something isn't right by a long way I think. A leak somewhere might be the most likely explanation.
     
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    Apart from anything else, tell them to STOP using the fridge on gas! If it is using, more likely losing (ie a leak) as much as that there is something seriously wrong! I suggest if they DO want to use it again they get their gas system tested to see if any leaks show up before they do.
     
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    Forget about checking the fridge - get them to check their ventilation!
     
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    Just going to say the same, only way it could use that much would be a leak. The pipe from the burner & the control kob is steel they sometimes rust through you get pin holes on the bends.
     
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    She has a very sensitive nose for gas leaks and hasn't detected any smells. I will pass on the advice but judging by their past experiences of dealing with gas leaks in their previous home (new purchase, boiler faulty) I guess that a leak is less likely but am no expert and thank you for your replies.

    They don't use the fridge on gas but do on lecky.
     
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    If they are not using it on gas then no panic, I thought they were. I suggest they get it checked as soon as they can and for the interim ensure the gas supply to the fridge is turned off.
     
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    If the fridge has been installed correctly and fully sealed from the inside of the van you probably wouldn't smell it inside, but you will feel the bang when it goes up.:)
     
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    I have on occasion o_O forgotten to hook up to mains on return home, even after a month a 13kg cylinder is still going strong, I am with the others, something is seriously wrong, or they have been sold part filled bottles :)
     
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    I'll check if they have turned off the supply to the fridge, but if they haven't and they aren't using gas or losing it, does that give any other clues?
     
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    To me if they have the gas turned on (ie to use the hob) but are using the fridge only on electric, it would suggest that the pipework etc AFTER the control knob on the fridge onwards could be where the fault lies, eg leaking.
     
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    But if they have not turned off the gas to the fridge (and just don't light it) and do not lose gas, does that suggest any clues?
     
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    Yes, as MG suggested, the fault is probably inside the fridge. If it isn't losing gas, and they are sure of that, then it should be safe but I am wary of suggesting anything is safe given the difficulty of diagnosing such a fault at distance. The balance of probabilities is it is probably safe, but 100% safe? I don't think anyone can say that without seeing the fridge.
     
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    As I've said the fault would have to be in the fridge 'gubbins' which are AFTER the control knob - in the 'off' position this would be prevent the gas supply from getting past it.
     
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    FFS - it's gas - get it properly checked out by someone qualified & experienced asap, rather than ask questions on here*


    *appreciate there are some very knowledgeable Funsters but without physically seeing the problem, its going to be guesswork.
     
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