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Hi All

Help required please, My eletrolux fridge (RM4270) is'nt working on mains, well it does work but does not get very cold even when turned right up, (works fine on gas).

After reading up on the forums I decided it was probably the element, but after talking to a work colleague he said if the element gets cold at all then it was more likely to be the thermostat.

Any advice would be great, is it easy to replace? could i do it myself?

thanks alot look forward to your replies.

mid999

ps. Its a elddis cyclone XL 1999

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Hi All

Help required please, My eletrolux fridge (RM4270) is'nt working on mains, well it does work but does not get very cold even when turned right up, (works fine on gas).

After reading up on the forums I decided it was probably the element, but after talking to a work colleague he said if the element gets cold at all then it was more likely to be the thermostat.

Any advice would be great, is it easy to replace? could i do it myself?

thanks alot look forward to your replies.

mid999

ps. Its a elddis cyclone XL 1999

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the other thing to remember is that a fridge in a caravan does not have a circulation pump, but works on a condensor. in hot weather if you turn the thermostat up, the back of the fridge gets too hot to work properly. i would say try it at half to 3 quarters up and leave it for 2 hrs and see what happens. if its getting any where near cold it could suggest the stat. the elements usually work or dont work, nowhere in between.

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the other thing to remember is that a fridge in a caravan does not have a circulation pump, but works on a condensor. in hot weather if you turn the thermostat up, the back of the fridge gets too hot to work properly. i would say try it at half to 3 quarters up and leave it for 2 hrs and see what happens. if its getting any where near cold it could suggest the stat. the elements usually work or dont work, nowhere in between.

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if the fridge is not cooling at all, i would say its the element. got to be honest, we fit loads of elements and only 2 thermostats from memory in the last 12-18mths.

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Sorry to go on .... But it does work a little if I feel the metal fins at the back of the fridge they do feel cold but not enough to cool the fridge or its contents.( a four pack of lager for testing)

thanks. From a complete novice trying to save himself from calling out a fridge engineer (and a hopefully simpleish DIY job)

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The fins at the top don't get cold!, the pipe running through them is red hot to the right and very warm on the left, (looking from outside).

If the back is getting hot then the element is working and as Shane says they work or they don't!!.

I've never changed a stat..to date, but I have a similar problem at the moment and think this is down to the stat? One reason is if I switch off, the fridge ice box temp falls a little from -2c to -5c before rising as you would expect, the other is I can't hear the stat click on an off as I turn the knob??

As said though the gas has it's own stat so if it works ok on gas and the element gets hot on electric? then it must be the electric sides stat.

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The fins at the top don't get cold!, the pipe running through them is red hot to the right and very warm on the left, (looking from outside).

If the back is getting hot then the element is working and as Shane says they work or they don't!!.

I've never changed a stat..to date, but I have a similar problem at the moment and think this is down to the stat? One reason is if I switch off, the fridge ice box temp falls a little from -2c to -5c before rising as you would expect, the other is I can't hear the stat click on an off as I turn the knob??

As said though the gas has it's own stat so if it works ok on gas and the element gets hot on electric? then it must be the electric sides stat.

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i think for now i will go with my gut feeling and say the element. as i said we change loads of elements as they are prone for failing and it is the least expensive part to start with. the stats very very rarely fail, but its not unheard of. just one thought, does your caravan have winter vents fitted because they do hinder the performance if they are on? they should only be left on when in storage or if extremely bad weather,in normal usage they should be removed.

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Had a similar problem with mine, i phoned Dometic who gave me the number of a mobile service engineer.

He came the next day and fitted the element, cleaned and checked everything else, then guaranteed the whole issue for 12 months for less than ?100.

Steve

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i think for now i will go with my gut feeling and say the element. as i said we change loads of elements as they are prone for failing and it is the least expensive part to start with. the stats very very rarely fail, but its not unheard of. just one thought, does your caravan have winter vents fitted because they do hinder the performance if they are on? they should only be left on when in storage or if extremely bad weather,in normal usage they should be removed.

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I am no expert either, My solution not always the best, Get a Camping Chair and place it at the Vent point on the Fridge, Open the Lager , drink one can, call out the engineer and then sit and drink the other cans while the engineer solves the prob.

Regards HC

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