Dometic freezer door won’t open (1 Viewer)

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We have a Dometic fridge freezer and the freezer door won’t open, I suspect the two finger operating button is no longer connecting with the release arm, any idea how to get it open, Please, no crowbar suggestions
 

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If the freezer is running it may be that the door seal has frozen ... some caravan type fridge / freezers have a heating device fitted to prevent this... may be worth checking yours.
 

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I would gently lever the plastic piece out of the way to expose the metal part, then open it.
 

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Ours did this I removed the front decor panel then released the catch with a thin screwdriver the lock had frozen inside Paul and Chrissy 3D printed a new improved lever for me.
 

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I would suggest the heating element in the door frame has failed and the door is frozen closed.
Try a hair drier around the seal before butchering it.
Our home freezer door frame gets just about too hot to touch at times

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Door seals not frozen the button is failing to connect to the metal lever inside, I’ve managed to get a thin piece of metal between the seal an frame in an effort to raise the lever but no success, it’s only 3 years old and I’m wondering if it’s possible to remove the door from the hinged end, I have limited tools with me as I’m in Spain
 

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If it’s this type the plastic leaver inside snaps as the lock will be frozen in side remove the decor panel warm the lock from the rear with a hair drier then you can release it, I do have one of these spare.
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Thanks for your suggestion, my fridge is a series 8 with two finger button that you push up, I’m unsure if the picture is the lock I need as I’ve never had the need to study it, does this mechanism attach to the said two finger button??
 

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It’s Dometic 8series fridge freezer if that helps?
The metal latch freezes, sometimes turning the frame heater on for an hour or two helps but the latch is inboard from the seal so doesn't always work. Otherwise, just turn the fridge off for a few hours.

Had it happen a couple of times on our last van and it's always when you want to get dinner out. Since then we have always kept the latch in the up position and rely on the magnetic seal to keep the door closed.

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Position so far, Décor cover removed(very carefully). To reveal a strip of thermal tape under that is thin strip of insulation, now exposed is the rod that pushes the now broken cheap plastic arm, all I’m left to do is try and move the broken piece up and down with a small electrical screwdriver, I guess it could be called keyhole surgery🥴. I’ll have another go at it tomorrow. Many thanks for all the suggestions but it’s down to persistence, failing that I’ll take the doors off when I’m home
 

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Position so far, Décor cover removed(very carefully). To reveal a strip of thermal tape under that is thin strip of insulation, now exposed is the rod that pushes the now broken cheap plastic arm, all I’m left to do is try and move the broken piece up and down with a small electrical screwdriver, I guess it could be called keyhole surgery🥴. I’ll have another go at it tomorrow. Many thanks for all the suggestions but it’s down to persistence, failing that I’ll take the doors off when I’m home
Once you have warmed the lock area up ie remove the foam tape first you can defrost the lock mech, you have to press down on the end of the metal lever for the hook to lift and release.
 
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Eureka, up early this morning, as I found it difficult to rest with our Christmas dinner stuck in the freezer😕. Two bits of good luck, 1. The hair dryer lead just reached, 2. The help I received from you and others on the forum 🙏. Lock now permanently disengage. Nice XS650, I’ve had a couple of those 👍
 

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Eureka, up early this morning, as I found it difficult to rest with our Christmas dinner stuck in the freezer😕. Two bits of good luck, 1. The hair dryer lead just reached, 2. The help I received from you and others on the forum 🙏. Lock now permanently disengage. Nice XS650, I’ve had a couple of those 👍
When I renewed the lever I also insulated the inside of the lock mech with 4mm thick adhesive draft excluder as to stop ice forming inside of the lock mech again.
 
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Good idea, you previously said you have a spare one, I’ll buy it from you if you don’t need it, if you PM me with a price I’ll make arrangements to pay when I’m back in the UK, Thanks again for your help 🙏

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Good idea, you previously said you have a spare one, I’ll buy it from you if you don’t need it, if you PM me with a price I’ll make arrangements to pay when I’m back in the UK, Thanks again for your help 🙏

Can you not do away with the plastic bit and put a piece in its place that sticks out a bit further.

I had some catches made for the older model fridge freezer.

Sold them all at cost plus postage as there was a minimum order I had to do.
 

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