Thetford fridge/freezer N150 mains problem.

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  1. greygit

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    Can anyone help? Our Thetford fridge freezer is not working on 240v and shows error code 1.

    Have check voltage cable and tried another cable to be on the safe side with no luck, so now looking to check 5amp glass fuse but I can't find the dam thing, does anyone know where it's hiding?

    If anyone else has had this problem, I would welcome advice.......constructive of course. ;-)
     
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    We had that error code, needed a new PCB board, even though the fridge was only a few months old at the time :(
    You can also try disconnecting the two big connecters that are behind the vents
     
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    Can't remember the code now, but in France recently we were daisy changed from one socket, one of a number of units using it. When everyone had power on the fridge went on to gas, trying to put it on mains showed an error message. As soon as the units using the power dropped to three it rarely dropped mains power. It also happened on occasions when we put our own mains water heater on. We did complain about the power provision.
     
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    I'm pretty certain it's not a power issue as I have now checked the power at the back of the fridge and it's in 390v region so next step is the fuse if I can find the dam thing. :mad:
     
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    Sorry that voltage figure got a bit jumbled should have been 239v........bl**dy dyslexia! :(
     
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    240v element?
     
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    Had similar problem. 240 element open circuit.

    Unlikely to be able to replace it without removing the fridge.

    Fuses are located on the power board PCB in a little black box the the 2 power connectors (flying leads) go too.

    Had to take the fridge out on my kon-tiki and ran in to problems with element size. If ordering a new one make sure you get the model and serial number off the fridge and check with the supplier to get the right one.

    Have a look on UTube for guides & info.

    Edit after thought, search MHF forums for more info.
     
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    Mains element failure is a common problem on any motor home fridge. Its usually possible to change it by pulling the fridge forward a few inches then access the element at the back of the fridge from the lower vent outside.
    Trevor
     
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    We had this two years ago (fridge 5 years old by then) it was a mains element failure. With our van it was impossible to check the element without removing the fridge. I ordered a new element on Ebay, removed the fridge, and fitted it. Problem solved. Bit of a job removing the fridge but managed it okay.
     
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    Our local Motorhome service centre fixed it and it was the 240v element.
     
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    As a matter of interest how old is the fridge?
     
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    It’s just over three years old, five days out of warranty........probably made in China. :)
     
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    The fridges are made in the Netherlands and the elements are made in the US.
     
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    Had the same problem on our old caravan, the dealer apparently found a fault on the circuit board, a loose joint so re-soldered it. It worked for 5 minutes but had to go back so they fitted a new board and that cured the problem. They are not that expensive but very difficult gain access as the fridge obviously has to come out.
     
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    The elements are probably shiped from the US, but I doubt they are made there.;)
     
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    Possibly but remember the US still has a huge manufacturing industry unlike the UK.
     
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