RV refrigerator repair is one of the most common fixes that RV owners will face. Fortunately, the majority of these problems are easily fixed by a do-it-yourselfer with basic mechanical skills. It’s important to remember that while working on your fridge, you are dealing with flammable materials and gasses, so make sure your work area is clear of combustible items and that someone can spot you in case something goes wrong. Also, always use caution when working on anything that has to do with LP gas.
The first thing to do is to test your fridge in all modes of operation. If it doesn’t cool on electric, it is likely a problem with the cooling unit. If it only works on gas, it could be a problem with the burner or thermocouple. If the flame lights, but goes out almost immediately, you may have a bad thermocouple that needs replacing. If the burner won’t light at all, there is a possibility that it is clogged with sediment. If that is the case, it will need to be cleaned out and re-seated.
If you find that the cooling unit is leaking, or has a yellow stain in it, then it is likely fried and will need to be replaced. This is a big job that most owners with some mechanical ability can do themselves, or you can have an expert look at it for you. If you are interested in doing this yourself, there is a lot of helpful information online and on youtube about this process, and there are also many places that sell remanufactured units (like Cool-Fun RV). Having an extra refrigeration fan is also a good idea, as this will help circulate the air and keep the cold inside your fridge. rv accessories