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Dometic RMD 8555 Fridge Issue

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Post by Molly Motorhome Thu Apr 06, 2023 6:21 pm

A few months ago I noticed that if I had the fridge/freezer on it displayed a strobing effect on the control panel a sort while after powering it on.
I got some feedback to say it was possibly a mains fault so when I visited the van earler this week I did a complete 240 and 12V power shutdown and powered everything back on.
Powered the fridge on and no strobing!
After about 3 hours I check the fridge and no temperature drop and when I opened the freezer compartment I was hit in the face with a horrendous smell that caught the back of my throat and smarting eyes so slammed the freezer compartment door shut quickly and exited the van🥺.
My guess is a refrigerant leak in the freezer compartment?
Is this reparable or am I looking at a £1,100 2nd hand unit (fitted) or a £2,800 updated replacement + fitting?
Any thought or suggestion will be greatly received.
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Post by FreelanderUK Thu Apr 06, 2023 6:49 pm

If it’s a refrigerant leak as you suspect it a new fridge I am afraid, open windows and door and deep breath , open fridge door and freezer door and let it all vent out of the van for a few hours , freon is a dangerous gas

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Post by IanH Thu Apr 06, 2023 7:30 pm

If a new fridge there are plenty options well below even £1000.
Use search or members factsheets. Lots in there.
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Post by Molly Motorhome Wed Apr 12, 2023 1:45 pm

IanH wrote:If a new fridge there are plenty options well below even £1000.
Use search or members factsheets. Lots in there.
Maybe it's how I'm doing the search or my access permissions but I can only find two threads about 8555 and didn't see anything obvious when I looked through the fact sheets, what am I doing wrong?
Any help greatly appreciated!
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Post by IanH Wed Apr 12, 2023 3:02 pm

OK some pics of mine, sorry re Factsheets...

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Google motorhome 3 way fridges smad, all similar to this one
CHECK, then CHECK again all dimensions before buying....This one under £500 works fine on all 3 functions, and you gain a wee cupboard underneath it!
Smad 63L 3 Way Camper Fridge Propane Gas RV Leisure Motorhome with Flue Gas Vent
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