Maintenance for RV Refrigerators

RV refrigerator - Campbell RVYour refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your RV, and it’s crucial that you care for it properly. Many times, RV and travel trailer owners worry more about their water tanks, motors, batteries, and everything else – and they forget to take care of their refrigerator.

We talked to our service technicians and came up with this simple list of tips to help keep your RV refrigerator running cool for years to come:

  • The most important thing to check is ventilation. Make sure that your roof and side vents are clear of debris or animal nests. Make sure that you check the roof vent from the top.
  • If your refrigerator isn’t working at all, check the LP gas valve for the refrigerator (or on the LPG container) is turned on.
  • If you’re seeing sweating or excessive frost in your freezer, that’s an indication of air leaks or a problem with your condensation tube.
  • If your food area seems warm but your freezer is working fine, it’s probably a problem with the cooling unit.
  • Don’t pack items tightly when you’re loading your refrigerator – you’ll block air circulation.
  • You should set the operating temperature for the refrigerator to 34-40 degrees. Your freezer should be between 8 and 15 degrees.
  • When you’re not using your RV for an extended period of time, prop the refrigerator open – you’ll avoid mildew and funky odors.
  • Clean your flue, burner, baffle, fins, and coils once a year for best performance.
  • When you clean your burner jet, use wood alcohol and compressed air – NEVER poke anything into the burner jet.
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