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Old 12-20-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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my 139x has a single door refrigerator american model auto settings. inside it has a plastic slide with a thin cable atttached to it with some sort of sensor at the end. my questions is how do i get the refrig. colder. does that slide towards the back of the fridge do anything except hold the sensor?

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Old 12-20-2012, 05:28 PM   #2
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If I get this wrong, I'm sure I'll be corrected. But the "probe" is a temperature sensor. The more the sensor is covered by the slide sheath, the colder the refrigerator should get. The more the sensor is uncovered, the warmer the refrigerator will be.
I bought one of those inexpensive digital thermometers (indoor/outdoor). I put the sensor in the refrigerator and the display on the counter. For piece of mind I know the temperature without opening the door. Kind of nice when switching from shore power to propane and back. Nice while travelling/towing as well.

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Old 12-20-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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should the sheath be all the way slid upwards for the coldest setting?
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:58 AM   #4
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The slide holds the runs from the refrigerator through the back wall of the refrigerator to the control board of your refrigerator and does, indeed, control the temperature inside the refrigerator by regulating the on/off cycle of the burner/heater.

To make it colder, you want to slide the holder up on the fins of the cooling block and to make it warmer slide it down. Cold air sinks, so, moving it up will put it into "warmer" air and make the control board kick the burner (if on propane) or the electric element (if on shore power) on.

If your refrigerator still isn't getting cold enough, you can try moving the slide towards the right-most fin on the cooling block. If it is towards the middle, the thermistor will read cold air on both sides of it from the fins on each side. By moving it towards a fin more towards the edge of the cooling block, the thermistor will read warmer air along one edge and may get you another degree or two in "coldness". Just be careful on how much "tension" is on the thermistor cable; you need to allow some slack to allow for expansion and contraction with the temperature swings from off to full on. Doesn't need much, but, you don't want to string it tight, either.

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