How to Repair my RV Refrigerator

How to Repair my RV Refrigerator
Whether you go out for a weekend or longer camping excursion, you probably depend on your refrigerator more than you realize. A properly functioning refrigerator allows you to maintain perishable foods and beverages and eliminates the need for coolers. Unlike standard home refrigerators, RV refrigerators do not have mechanical parts so you'll need to make all repairs to the cooling unit.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety goggles
  • Air pump
Step 1
Locate the side compartment located on the exterior of your RV. The compartment will be vented and have two screws, one on the top left corner and one on the top right corner. Turn the screws counterclockwise to loosen with your hand and pull down to remove the compartment door.
Step 2
Power down the refrigerator by pulling out the power cord located on the lower left side of the compartment. Turn off all portable power as well. Find the nozzle located near the power plug and rotate it into a vertical position. When the nozzle rests straight up and down the gas will turn completely off.
Step 3
Check for a dirty burner assembly, which is the most common cause of improper cooling. Locate a box on the right side of the compartment. Remove the 1/4-inch screw with a screwdriver. Slide the box out to your right to reveal the burner assembly.
Step 4
Use an air pump to clean the burner assembly. Gently tap the overhead unit to release any dirt, dust or debris. Spray until the burner assembly is clear of debris. Repeat as necessary. Slide the box back over to reassemble. Reinstall the screw.
Step 5
Plug in the power cord once again and then turn the gas back on.
Step 6
Check that the burner produces a flame. Slide the viewfinder up to you can look inside for the flame.

Tips & Warnings

Wear eye protection to prevent injury from flying debris.
If at any time you smell ammonia or see a yellow fluid around the burner assembly, disconnect the power and turn off the gas. Ammonia is not a normal occurrence and will not result from burner assembly maintenance. It is the result of a faulty refrigerator.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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