Camper Refrigerator Not Working?



There is a tendency among campers to avoid problems, as they do not wish to spend the time or money repairing something like a broken refrigerator. An entire trip can be delayed until the damage is repaired when this happens.

There are many reasons why the camper refrigerator does not work, including the following:

Cooling Unit Leak

There is a common problem with the cooling unit of camper fridges. A fridge or RV with a potent ammonia odor is easy to identify. It is best to remove the camper’s fridge as soon as possible when this occurs.


Poor Air Circulation

The refrigerator’s cooling system also needs to be checked for obstructions. Overfilled fridges often have this problem. Sensors have a hard time maintaining the correct temperature in conditions of poor airflow. Consequently, the cooling system will work too hard, malfunction, or leak.


Thermistor or temperature sensor failure

Camper refrigerators that don’t work are often caused by faulty thermistors. The fridge doesn’t stay cold or gets too cold. Temperatures should not exceed 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the refrigerator. Sensors and thermistor failure can be attributed to a number of factors. It’s sometimes time to replace them because they’ve been overused.


Excessive electrical load

Most camper refrigerators are powered by a 12V battery. The refrigerator is powered by a 12V battery. Unplugged power cords won’t work. No power will cause the refrigerator to stop working. Ensure the battery’s voltage regulator is set appropriately for your camper’s current load by checking its voltage regulator.

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