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Are you sure the element is burnt out as you put it? elements last for years.

 

Check your old element and you should get a reading of circa 470 ohms for a 125w element between the two wires, if so theres nothing wrong with it.

 

The switch or thermostat will then be at fault, my guess is the thermostat, check the end inside the fridge, it may be leaking and you'll find a green stain if it is.

Or as often happens it works until it switches off and then won't switch back on again, that to me is whats happening to yours

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I've never known anyone have the element go in the fridge, but a failed thermostat is very common - this is most likely to be the problem.

Jonathan.

 

My neighbour had the mains element replaced in his fridge last week by the Dometic engineer. The fridge would not get cold on mains but was OK in gas.

 

The only thing was, I asked if he left the old element behind but he didn't. I would like to have tested it myself.

 

Total cost of the job was £50 labour and £26 parts. He came to my neighbours house and did the job.

 

Bob R

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My neighbour had the mains element replaced in his fridge last week by the Dometic engineer. The fridge would not get cold on mains but was OK in gas.

 

The only thing was, I asked if he left the old element behind but he didn't. I would like to have tested it myself.

 

Total cost of the job was £50 labour and £26 parts. He came to my neighbours house and did the job.

 

Bob R

 

Oh joy of joys, looking like this has just happened to me. Switched fridge on a couple of weeks ago on drive and just come to load up the food today and it's not cold inside even though the mains light is on. Read several posts and its obvious its the element.

 

Trouble is we leave at 6am tomorrow for an Irish Sea ferry !! Mrs Blue out getting the food now.

 

Going to crank up the gas (fingers crossed) and at least get it working, then we will just have to freeze all our freezer blocks tonight (we use loads for a hesky cooler we have) and put these in before we leave tomorrow.

 

You have to laugh, we were travelling fully stocked for the 1st time due to how expensive Ireland is and now the fridge is not working.

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The first change of the element cost me £100 supply and fit by a caravan technician i asked for the old one and got it checked out and it was burnt out. The next one i changed myself (after watching how the first was changed) it took me two hours i cost £25 from ebay and it is still okay and i also got the other one checked out and it was also u/s, just one of those things when i phoned up the caravan technician.

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Hi all I'm after some advice here, my fridge (electrolux RM 4271) has a dead short in it, now when I say short I mean a short! When I switch the 240 on (gas works fine) it trips the caravan main breaker and the main breaker in the house to! I've read forums and checked the element, it seems to test ok (440 Ohms) and the thermostat visualy seems fine, any suggestions? I read above about a possible switch problem, would that be the main illuminating switch on the front of the unit?

Thanks,

Keith

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You will be looking for around 380-390 ohms on a 125w element, Done lots this year as my Dometic bill proves, also a good few selector switches on RM6`s. No thermostats yet though. Thetford power boards and display panels are common failures especially when using a cheap genny. Older Thetfords are good for elements as well, As the electronic fridges come out of warranty you can expect some hefty bills, when the cooling unit fails as that means a new fridge unlike Dometic you cannot change it.

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Hi all I'm after some advice here, my fridge (electrolux RM 4271) has a dead short in it, now when I say short I mean a short! When I switch the 240 on (gas works fine) it trips the caravan main breaker and the main breaker in the house to! I've read forums and checked the element, it seems to test ok (440 Ohms) and the thermostat visualy seems fine, any suggestions? I read above about a possible switch problem, would that be the main illuminating switch on the front of the unit?

Thanks,

Keith

If you have access to a meter, test between he element and earth. It could be that the element is OK ( 440 ohm) but it is shorting to earth.

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We have had to replace the 230v element twice in 12 months; I think the first replacement was a faulty part.

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replaced ours once last yr when it failed in france,fingers crossed,been ok so far

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My mistook, I hang my head in shame, you are indeed not far off at 440ohms, must`ve miscued on the old abacus. I had a check on a new one today and it was 423ohms and a quick computation comes up with that very number.

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That sounds OK. An open circuit (0 ohms) or short circuit (0 ohms) means a fault. But your reading sounds about right. 

Implies about 120 watts

Graham

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5 hours ago, WispMan said:

That sounds OK. An open circuit (0 ohms) or short circuit (0 ohms) means a fault. But your reading sounds about right. 

Implies about 120 watts

 

Doesn't an open circuit have a resistance of infinity (∞)?

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Yes but display often doesn't move from zero. But mathematically you are right. I have two (multi) meters - socially distanced infinity apart. 

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Sorry to be a pedant, but on an analogue multimeter like an AVO, the resistance scale is the opposite way round to the volts and amps scales, with infinite resistance (∞) on the left and 0 Ohms on the right.  So you're right saying it doesn't move, but not so saying it's zero (0).  Even my digital multimeter shows '1' for an open circuit.

 

Know what you mean about socially distanced multimeters though.  I have 3 of varying vintages and they're never together when you want them and I often have a devil's own job just to find one!

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I had a failed one replaced and the new one failed about a month later, when the engineer came back out he said he had fitted the wrong one previously, it was too small and loose in the pipe it fits in so probably overheated.

 

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Can everyone  help me i have a new fridge  element  and the sheath  is gray that covers  the wires it is 235 v125w but the one on the back of my fridge  is red and 240v125w is this an issue  or is it common 

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17 minutes ago, Billy 1 said:

Can everyone  help me i have a new fridge  element  and the sheath  is gray that covers  the wires it is 235 v125w but the one on the back of my fridge  is red and 240v125w is this an issue  or is it common 

I would not expect this to be any issue. 
As long as it’s physically the same

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