Milk going off in the fridge..

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  1. Janine

    Janine Funster Life Member

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    We've been off-grid for the last few weekends so the fridge in the 'van has been running on gas.

    Although the freezer blocks in the ice making compartment have been freezing well, the milk keeps turning to cheese.

    I'll be getting a fridge thermometer tomorrow to check the temperature in the fridge or is it the milk?

    Anyone else having the same problem?
     
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    I suppose it depends on the fridge, but check the following:

    Thermostat set to halfway point? Apparently most efficient. Has the fridge been properly chilled before switching to gas? That helps.
    Fridge not stuffed full?
    Is the surface above the fridge warm? That would suggest the heat isn't escaping out of the vent too well.
    Is the burner partly blocked? Ours had a lump of rust from the flue fall onto it.

    How about putting the freezer blocks from the freezer inside the main compartment each morning to help keep it cool?
     
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  3. Janine

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    Wise words - thank you :)

    I set the thermostat to full as it was so warm outside. I'll try dropping it a bit.

    Fridge is stuffed full. Maybe too full - we weren't within walking distance of shops.

    Top of the fridge was very warm. In fact, it melted the butter in a container above it.

    I'll get the vent off and look for foreign bodies.

    The frozen blocks currently go into the coolbox to keep my cider cool (y)
     
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    You may like to consider adding a couple of thermostatically controlled fans to the external (top) vent to help circulate air over the fridge workings during warmer weather. I fitted some and found it certainly helped the fridge to cope with warmer weather
     
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    When running on gas, isn't it a case of 'less is more' ?
    Ours would freeze up at the rear if I set it too high (6 o'clock). It then becomes inefficient and warms up.
    Have to turn it off for a couple of hours to defrost.
    We normally run at 1.5 (just past 1 o'clock), 2 perhaps 2.5 (3 o'clock) if it's really hot.
     
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    We've been there believe me. One August at Carcassonne we couldn't get the main compartment below 16C. I never thought 16C beer would taste refreshing, but the outside thermometer hit 50C that day.

    I've fitted an old 12v computer cooling fan on our vent to help extract the hot air from the burner.
     
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    Drink the cider..... Put milk in cool box.
    Repeat every 6hrs.
    Problem solved(y)
     
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    There is a 12v socket next to the fridge so I could plug a fan in there to blow between the fridge & the worktop. Would that help?
     
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    Fridge too full, been there done it in fact I have seen us come back from the shops and put a few items that are not chilled into the fridge and that seems to tip the balance of it working great beforehand to it not working very well.
     
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    A fridge thermometer is a must, but weather like today a Mh fridge will struggle. I keep ours at 3 bars ( half way ) and have a fan fitted at the out of the vents sucking out the hot air. Works well.
     
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    I always thought that the thermostat was inoperative when running on gas......You just take a chance that it's going to cool enough?? o_O
     
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    Yes, we've had similar problems with fridge too full. Found you had to keep the inside fins clear and an air gap all down the back of the (inside) of the fridge. Lack of air circulation so the cooling can get around the fridge meant our milk going off. Cleared down some of the food and the problem sorted itself out.
     
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    Why? Are you in Calais?:)
     
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    This from Dometic........

    Refrigerator fails to operate on
    • Controls set incorrectly. Check that the thermostat is set to LP Gas. Maximum gas is turned on and controls are set to obtain gas operation.
    • Gas supply restricted. Check that the gas bottle is full, all LP gas valves are open. Ensure gas jet is clean and burner is alight.
    • Incorrect lighting procedure. Check that flame failure safety valve has not been prematurely released.
    Refrigerator not getting cold
    • Refrigerator/ freezer not level. The refrigerator/ freezer must be
      enough level in both directions to operate correctly.
    • Ventilation/ installation inadequate. The refrigerator/ freezer must be ventilated, installed and flued in accordance withmanufacturers instructions.
    • Drop in supply voltage. Check that the supply voltage to the refrigerator/ freezer is maintained at full rate.
    • Controls not set correctly or thermostat incorrectly used. In hot weather the thermostat setting should be closer to maximum than usual.
    • More than one source of energy used at the same time.
    • Door is not closed properly or magnetic sealing strip is defective.
    • Gas system restricted or flame has gone out. Depending on use, gas system should be periodically cleaned and adjusted.
    • Evaporator heavily coated with ice. Refrigerator/ freezer should be defrosted at more frequent intervals.
    • The gas pressure is incorrect. Check the pressure at both the gas bottle and burner.
     
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    No, it needs airflow behind the fridge to draw hot air out the top vent.
    In really warm whether the air isn't moving fast enough to disparate the heat so the cooling tubes stay warm and very inefficient.
     
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    janine some fridges in older vans are vented internally if you have vents top and bottom of the fridge inside then thats the case you could use a fan to help but be carefull its not blowing the flame
     
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    There are two vents on the outside of the 'van - top & bottom of the fridge. I know we can get to the gas jet through the bottom vent because I once had @JJ on his knees blowing away the grot that was stopping it working (y)
     
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    I believe your fridge was the same as mine...

    In hot weather, I need to run my twin fridge fans all the time to get best results.

    Obviously you are NOT letting anything touch the aluminium cooling fins inside the fridge... that really will stop you chilling... ;)

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Yes, at Upton. Bowl of nutty breakfast, pour milk, gloop, gloop.

    Very cold milk, inside it's use by date, gorn orf.

    Disaster. Had to sprint into town replenish the nutty stuff and milk.
     
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    That's interesting - exactly the same scenario! I've never had it happen before but now 2 weeks in a row.

    Was it skimmed milk, by any chance?
     
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