check out our comfortable cushions check out the new remote control Jockey Wheel Learn more about Sat Phone Sales Learn more about Boosters for Mobiles GemLife over-50s lifestyle resort Fraser Shores Retirement Village Toyo Tires SmartBar Ampfibian
Members Login
Username 
 
Password 
    Remember Me  
Post Info TOPIC: Cracks in Dometic refrigerator inner wall


Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 6
Date:
Cracks in Dometic refrigerator inner wall


Hi all,

I have a 225 litre 3 way AES Dometic refrigerator in my van and just love it. Forty degree days and the beer is still ice cold. One problem I do have is a few hairline cracks in the inner shell of the refrigerator behind the crisper bins. On humid days water will drip from the cracks however the humidity drain for the unit is not blocked up and happily drips away. I am assuming the water is condensation forming behind the inner shell. In humid weather I just mop up any water in the bottom of the refrigerator every 2nd or 3rd day.

When I contacted Dometic asking if they have had the same problem in the past, they would not answer the question and suggested I get in touch with a refrigeration mechanic.

Has anyone had a similar problem and if so how did they fix it?



__________________


Guru

Status: Offline
Posts: 3206
Date:

Nothing to do with a refrigeration mechanic, more to do with a vacuum formed fridge lining which is too thin. A less than satisfactory design and Dometic should take full responsibility for that.
I think your guess for the source of the water will be correct and if allowed to continue will likely cause the cabinet to rust away from the inside.
The lining will almost certainly be made from ABS plastic. It is glueable with MEK based solvent glues (the same as used for PVC pipes would suffice). Alternatively seal the cracks with a good quality tape.
Cheers,
Peter

__________________

OKA196, 4x4 'C' Class, DIY, self contained motorhome. 880W of solar, 400Ah of AGMs, 280L water, 280L fuel. http://tinyurl.com/OKA196xtMotorhome
 

 



Guru

Status: Offline
Posts: 4196
Date:

Donesailing, What is the model number and age of your problematic Fridge?

__________________

Possum; AKA:- Ali El-Aziz Mohamed Gundawiathan

Sent from my imperial66 typewriter using carrier pigeon



Guru

Status: Offline
Posts: 1297
Date:

I agree with Peter on this, but if it drips moisture from the cracks then its a bit late to try & seal it. The foam insulation has already absorbed moisture, this will affect the insulation property.

__________________
D.L.Bishop


Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 6
Date:

Hi,

It is a model RM4805 and is 4 and a bit years old. The hairline cracks total lengths (2 sets of cracks) is approximately 200mm and while the dripping is not a show stopper, in my opinion it indicates a fault or issue.

Cheers



__________________


Guru

Status: Online
Posts: 1245
Date:

uPVC solvent cement and primer/cleaner should work if you get no resolution from Dometic. It is slightly unsightly, but try to get clear versions of both rather than red primer and green or blue solvent. My shed fridge has survived for over 20 years with this repair.

__________________

Cheers Craig

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
 
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.

Tweet this page Post to Digg Post to Del.icio.us
Purchase Grey Nomad bumper stickers Read our daily column, the Nomad News The Grey Nomad's Guidebook