Tec Tower Freezer Catch

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  1. sallylillian

    sallylillian Funster Life Member

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    My wife complained that she could not open the freezer. I looked at it and I just got it open (we always leave it on travel catch). It seemed that the metal catch in the door was frozen inside? A fair amount of pressure on the catch with the door open sort of cleared it, but I could feel it sort of cutting through ice??
    Anyway this morning frozen again and I just about got it open; got a hairdryer and heated the open catch and some water ran out of the fitting. Not sure how this has occurred, has anyone had this and any clues to its cause and cures?
    Michael
     
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    Hi Michael

    I guess that is 8 series, I think it was discussed on here a year or two back but can't remember any more than that, sorry. Don't know if @Techno Andy was involved.

    Martin
     
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    Yes Martin it is the 8555. Its been fine for over a year!
    Michael
     
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    You should contact Dometic it is a design fault and imho should be fixed by them
     
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    Martin, found the thread, thanks!
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/dometic-8000-freezer-problem.62510/
    Complete with pictures, excellent.
    Andy, as this goes back to 2013 and mine is a 2015 unit it suggests that Dometic do not have a solution but I will contact them when back in the UK.
    If anyone has a definitive long term solution that does not involve me frequently learning to blow dry that would be great??
     
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    I've had that problem too... On one occasion a couple mths back...

    Thought the catch was fekked until I realised it was froz... it hasn't re-surfaced BUT I do get water running out of the bottom of the freezer catch - and often find myself pressing catch with kitchen roll to soak it up!...

    Not megga amounts - but enough to make me wonder!!!...
     
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    After several goes with the hairdryer I have a small pool of water in the freezer from the catch. Anyway tried a suggestion of WD 40, and see what happens.
     
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    We have had major issues with our fridge door, broken catches and broken whole door (well hinges anyway)

    But the freezer we never lock and have never had it come open

    My suggestion would be not to lock the freezer (y)

    Added benefit, the freezer locking catch is the same as the fridge lock, so you can always remove it to use when the fridge catch breaks next o_O
     
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    edit to above, I am presuming you have the silly plastic slidey locking catches

    if not ignore :LOL:
     
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    What a pain !
    How about trying the frame heater - would that penetrate far enough into the body to defrost the lock?

    I HATE Dometic with a vengeance
    Everything they make is utter rubbish

    Maybe one day a household appliance manufacturer will offer Motorhome appliances and take them on.
     
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    The video I posted in that thread by Patrick Philips seems to be a solution
    My RMD8505 has never iced up
     
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    Thanks Andy I did not see it for what it was, when I get back on the PC I will have a proper view of it and see.
    Michael
     
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    Andy, it is a solution for the fridge element door but not the freezer as the problem is not that of the rod falling off the catch or bending, it is the catch assembly freezing up as the original poster demonstrated with the pictures, but thanks for the feedback.

    Michael
     
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    This is my freezer and never been a problem for me
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    Exactly the same as mine, water by way of condensate I suspect collects inside that slot and eventually grips the latch like super glue so it cannot move. We have had some hot temperatures but also high humidity over the last few weeks, circa 80% plus for days, I think I have dried it out and have also sprayed some WD 40 in the slot, time will tell.
     
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    First few times it happend to me turning on the frame heater sorted it. Last time it happened it took hours to get it open and our dinner was in it :cry::cry:
    Now we always run with the catch up relying on the magnetic seal to hold it closed, if it's really full I put a bungy across the door othwise have to keep stopping after every roundabout to pick the contents up of the floor.:)
     
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    I would think removing the decor panel and the foam insulation strip where the lock is should enable the application of a hair drier directly to the lock innards
     
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    Combination of both, have left catch up as per Lenny and if the problem remains after WD 40 it will get frozen unlocked, so I will then move onto Andy's suggestion and dismantle the door, but as nothing is ever simple I will prefer to leave it till I get back to the UK.
     
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