Your RV refrigerator is one of the crucial appliances that turns your RV from just another vehicle into that cherished home on wheels you use for fantastic adventures.
It is obviously a vital appliance to anyone who calls their RV home or to anyone who plans on taking an extended road trip or camping outing. As a result, it is extremely important to keep your refrigerator running well so you are able to take advantage of the convenience it provides. This page will show you how.
The refrigerators found in RVs are different from those found in a house because they have the ability to run off propane. Your RV refrigerator has what is called an ammonia absorption cooling unit connected to the box where you store your food, instead of a compressor system found in a house. Therefore, there are things you will need to know about your RV refrigerator that are different for a refrigerator in a house.
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The first thing you should know is something that many owners overlook or don't even know themselves. That is, your refrigerator should not be running when your RV is not level.
Whether you are in a trailer, a full-scale RV, or anything in between, your refrigerator should not be turned on if it is leaning more than 3 degree's from side to side or 6 degree's from front to rear to avoid unfortunate damage. If you can walk around without feeling like your RV is leaning (in other words, if you have the general feel that it is level) then it should be fine.
Damage can occur in only 20 minutes if a refrigerator is left running parked on a steep slope. If you are just traveling and going into a restaurant or the store, for instance, and you believe you are not level, then simply turn the refrigerator off and just remember to turn it back on when you return. Being level is not an issue when you are driving on the road, even in the mountains.
If at any time you smell ammonia in the refrigerator when you open the door, then there is a leak in the cooling unit and you need to take great caution. Ammonia is a powerful chemical that can make your eyes water and cause difficulty breathing. Turn your refrigerator off immediately and do not open the door again.
Unfortunately, even if you do not smell the ammonia it is no guarantee that your cooling unit is fine and everything is safe. See below for more details on this.
Due to the health risks, this problem should only be repaired by a professional so find a repair facility or call your local mobile repair technician. (If you're in the San Diego area, give us a call at Warford's RV.)
If you have any of the symptoms below indicative of a bad cooling unit, it is not repairable by yourself and you will need to hire a professional.
If you are tight on money, ask your RV repairman about getting a rebuilt cooling unit for a better price than a new one. However, rebuilt cooling units are not always as reliable, so make sure to be on your toes.
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