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Old 08-07-2017, 10:29 AM   #1
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Default 2003 T139 refrig not working

Camping this past weekend. Had no elect hook up. I went with the propane option. Camped with hook ups 2 weeks ago and the electric option had the fridge working fine.
Trailer was perfectly level, front to back and side to side. Full tank of propane.
I hit the push button to start the fridge. The red line crossed from the left all the way over to the right (in the green). This, I assume, was proof the fridge was getting the propane.
However, the fridge did not get cold....or even cool.

Sooooo...what next? How/where do I check?

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Did the flame light? Take off the lower fridge vent and peer through the peephole to see if there is a flame. If not, you may be able to light it with an ordinary bbq lighter, one of those things with the long tube.

It is a good idea to blow the dust out of that compartment (with the flame off!) in order to improve the performance of the electronic ignition.

If the auto ignition is really broken, it can be fixed, but I don't know how much it cost. On our old 2003 T-139, the ignition was hit or miss, so we used the lighter often. Our 2012 X-139 has had no problems at all, at least so far.
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Did the flame light? Take off the lower fridge vent and peer through the peephole to see if there is a flame. If not, you may be able to light it with an ordinary bbq lighter, one of those things with the long tube.

It is a good idea to blow the dust out of that compartment (with the flame off!) in order to improve the performance of the electronic ignition.

If the auto ignition is really broken, it can be fixed, but I don't know how much it cost. On our old 2003 T-139, the ignition was hit or miss, so we used the lighter often. Our 2012 X-139 has had no problems at all, at least so far.
I'll have to check that and thank you for the tip
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Do you hear the fridge clicking while it's trying to light? If so, that would indicate you either don't have propane getting to the fridge or you don't have sufficient pressure in the line. Sometimes it just takes a few tries to clear the air from the line. Another possibility is a the pressure regulator. They are adjustable, but not usually DIY. An RV dealer or repair shop should be able to do it. Or you could try a new regulator.
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LJAZ, good point!! Sometimes you need to bleed the air out of the propane line -- just light the stove and wait till the flame is blue. Then try lighting the fridge.
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What is the make and model number of your refrigerator? Manuals are available online. Also, it was probably recalled in the past for fire hazard if it's a Dometic or Norcold. There is a free kit that a dealer can install free of charge.
Official Dometic Recall - DometicUSA

https://www.dometic.com/en-us/us/support
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