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Post by adrianfo on Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:30 pm

Hi, we were away over the weekend, it was about 13C ambient temperature and we were running the fridge on gas which was the first time for a while as we're normally on hook up. Stuff in the fridge got really cold, the salad, which we store at the bottom of the fridge actually froze. I'm just wondering if there's any significance to this occurrence apart from it just being turned up too high. We didn't really have time to turn it down and compare the "coldness." I'm hoping that it isn't throwing one last hurrah before it kicks the bucket - so to speak.
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Post by Paulmold on Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:45 pm

Fridges tend to be colder on gas. When first turned on , turn control knob to high , then after a couple of hours turn down to midway. This is normally a suitable temperature setting. Maybe get yourself a thermometer with a probe on a lead so you can monitor it and get used to the settings. Such thermometers can be bought off eBay for a couple of pounds.

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Post by Peter Brown on Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:50 pm

Enter the following into Google for advice: salad in fridge keeps freezing
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Post by Quilter on Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:54 pm

When we run our fridge on EHU or 12 V it is set at 5. If I run it on that setting on gas then everything freezes, as you say.

The cucumber is the first to go but, surprisingly, if eaten frozen, it is quite good.
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Post by rventhusiast on Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:05 pm

Once had a VW camper with 3 way fridge that started freezing the contents despite what temp it was set at - turned out to be a faulty thermostat.
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Post by gemdeco on Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:39 pm

Hi Everyone
    When the 3 way Fridge is on 12 volt the thermostat does not work
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Post by Paulmold on Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:55 pm

gemdeco wrote:Hi Everyone
    When the 3 way Fridge is on 12 volt the thermostat does not work
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Not strictly correct. Dometic 7 series fridges have thermostat on 12v according to this quote from Caravan Club ....

The 12V operation is for ‘on the road’ use and will only operate when the towing 
vehicle engine is running, but it is not a ‘second best’. On the contrary, cooling in this 
mode is just as good as it is on gas or mains electricity. However, remember that in 
12v operation, cooling only operates at the maximum setting – there is no thermostat 
fitted in the 12V circuit unless you have one of the new Dometic 7 series refrigerators. 
Also, because of the relatively high current consumption of a refrigerator when on 
12V (approximately 7 - 13 amps depending on model), mains or gas should be used 
whilst on site.

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Post by adrianfo on Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:07 am

Thanks everyone.
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