How to Repair a Gas RV Refrigerator

a white rv parked on grass
  • 2-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-75
What You'll Need
Rubber gaskets (if necessary)
Fuses (if necessary)
What You'll Need
Rubber gaskets (if necessary)
Fuses (if necessary)

If you need to repair an RV refrigerator it can be a simple task. The RV refrigerator is made to operate with two sources of power, electric and gas. If the RV refrigerator will only function with one source of power, then it may require minor RV refrigerator repair. And it may only take minutes to finish the task.

Step 1 – Level Determination

Using a level, confirm if there is balance in your refrigerator's position – the front, the back and the sides. If it is not leveled, make the necessary corrective action and level the refrigerator as required. Leave the refrigerator for two hours and verify if the temperature indicates progress.

Step 2 – Ventilation Check

If no progress is noted, confirm if there are any disturbing elements on the vents. If you see possible obstructions that block the vents, have them removed immediately. Once again, observe the refrigerator’s temperature after two hours and see if there is an improvement.

Step 3 – Rubber Gaskets

If you still experience similar manifestation, try examining the rubber gaskets on the doors of the unit. If you notice that they are already worn out, have them replaced. Then perform the necessary task in aligning the gasket properly. Recheck the unit's temperature in two hours after performing this repair.

Step 4 – Back Heat Verification

Try to verify the heat at the refrigerator’s back. If it is warm, proceed to the next step. If it is not, inspect the RV fuses or circuit breakers. Have the necessary replacement fuses or circuit breakers if needed. Once again, check if there is a progress on the refrigerator's temperature after two hours. If there is no progress and its back remains cool, try to have the element checked by a technically qualified repair person. You will be able to determine if repairs are needed or possibly be replaced.

Step 5 – Ammonia Level

Try to observe the area surrounding the refrigerator for unusual odors. If nothing strange is noted, proceed to the next step. But if you smell ammonia, it only shows that the cooling unit is failing and it needs replacement by a qualified technician.

Step 6 – Leak Check

Look for yellow powder traces in the surrounding area of the refrigerator. If there is no powder noted, then go to the next step. If you however noted a yellow powder around, then it shows that you have a leak in the cooling unit and it requires replacement.

Step 7 – Thermostat Defect

If you suspect that the thermostat is defective, you may need to have it replaced. Technicians are well suited to perform the task making replacements. You may be able to make simple repairs, but when it comes to highly technical matters concerning some of the important parts, you will need the help of trained or specialized technicians. RV refrigerator repair may have complexities. There are simple things you can handle and those that you cannot.