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Post by splashmac on Fri May 11, 2018 4:13 pm

Hi, we have problems with our fridge on gas. We had an igniter replaced under guarantee but after taking it from winter storage the light goes on solid for just a few seconds then flickers like before. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


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Post by Peter Brown on Fri May 11, 2018 4:36 pm

splashmac wrote:Hi, we have problems with our fridge on gas. We had an igniter replaced under guarantee but after taking it from winter storage the light goes on solid for  just a few seconds then flickers like before.

Do you mean the indicator lights on the front panel or the flame? It can take a few goes to purge the air from the gas line. I need a bit more information about the symptoms before giving other ideas.

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Post by splashmac on Fri May 11, 2018 5:13 pm

Hi there. Very ignorant about how and where to know about the flame itself I'm afraid. All I do know is on the front of the fridge the three light display area are leisure battery bottom, electric hookup middle and gas flame icon is at the top. It's that top one which shows solid orange for a few seconds then flickers and immediately after starts to flash rapidly. Thank you for helping.
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Post by Peter Brown on Fri May 11, 2018 5:20 pm

Yours is the same van as my 2011 Malvern so I assumed the fridges would be the  same, but it seems not:

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Post by Gromit on Fri May 11, 2018 5:40 pm

I would make sure you have eliminated Peter's first suggestion before going any further.

He means it when he says "It can take a few goes to purge the air from the gas line." like anything up to five minutes of fiddling!!

It can be quite alarming after a long lay up, as you finally think you have it working, and ten minutes later you look again and the damn thing has gone out.

BTW - please don't ask how the air gets into the pipes, because it obviously can't . . . . but it does!!  scratch head
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Post by splashmac on Fri May 11, 2018 6:21 pm

So just keep trying it? It did seem to stay on longer last time. We are at Moniaive folk festival so will have some more fiddling time (sorry). Will update over the weekend. I added picture of fridge, 2010 AS Gloucester on Mercedes sprinter. Thanks Keith
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Post by Peter Brown on Sat May 12, 2018 11:46 am

I suspect that our fridges are the same except you have rotary controls instead of push button and you don't have the removable freezer compartment.


If you don't get it going, please post the model number that is on a label inside the fridge.

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Post by gemdeco on Sat May 12, 2018 8:58 pm

Hi
   We had the same problem on our AS Surrey,It was the igniter so you may have a faulty unit or it is dirt and dust in the gas jet over winter
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Post by splashmac on Sun May 13, 2018 10:01 am

We had the igniter unit replaced in October under guarantee but then had to lay it up over winter. Situation now is that the light stays solid for longer but does still less than a couple of minutes maximum no matter how often we try.
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Post by Peter Brown on Sun May 13, 2018 10:07 am

If you want to check further then you need to see what is happening with the flame. If you don't know how to access and observe it then I suggest you get a Dometic engineer to check it.

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Post by Gromit on Sun May 13, 2018 11:19 am

It's a long shot, but have you taken the top fridge cover off outside the van.

It is just possible that something has made a nest in the exhaust tube. It shouldn't be difficult to check as the tube is loosely fitted in place (if I remember correctly), and for the sake of a couple of minutes . . . . 

I doubt if it is that, but stranger things have happened!
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Post by BobK on Sun May 13, 2018 1:05 pm

Another thought to add to the mix ......    obviously you have the gas turned "on" at the cylinder and the cooker is working But does you van have separate individual stop valves inside the van, one for cooker, one for heating and one for fridge.   Could the fridge one be off, especially when you mention just getting it out of storage.

Also..  when you switch the fridge from "off" to "gas", you should, if in quiet surroundings, be able to hear the igniter clicking and then the gas burner ignite  -  might need an assistant to listen outside the vehicle at the vents behind the fridge .

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Post by splashmac on Sun May 13, 2018 5:36 pm

Thanks folks just home moho at Strathclyde Caravan storage but will go along on Thursday to follow up. Cheers Keith
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Post by splashmac on Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:45 pm

Sorry for delay had to go down south. Took it to Swinton in Glasgow and they fixed it. Seems the valve was blocked. Sorted but cost me an hours labour but I got a better handover and more information than I got from BC Motorhome where we bought it. Swinton are on the CCC Approved Workshop Scheme. Thanks for all the feedback.
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Post by MarieJ on Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:23 pm

Do you know how the valve was unblocked and where it is located?
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Post by splashmac on Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:59 pm

Just some debris and not rusted as seems to be what can happen. As for location sorry maybe get a schematic of your fridge from Dometic. Sorry could not be more helpful.
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