have found that my fridge has bitten the dust; no longer cooling, strong ammonia smell, yellow residue around some parts outside trap door area etc. have decided to replace with a residential unit. i am now moving toward making the change but need some help here.
1) have been running fans, open fridge and cupboard doors, windows, outside trap door etc for 4 days now and it still smells of ammonia. how long does this smell continue? after 4 days of venting, is there still a hazard?
2) this is an 88 allegro 31ft basement model. looking for a shutoff valve for the fridge. all i see are lines for all gas appliances tied together under the coach by one manifold, and one pipe running from there to the propane tank. only valve i see is the main one just before the regulator. does this sound right? no individual shutoffs? if this is really the case, what to do about terminating the gas line for just the fridge?
3) easy to see the 12vdc line(s) inside the trap door outside, but do not see the 120vac lines. are they outside or inside? where? i expect to have to connect that line to a new outlet box for the new fridge. hope it was wired for 15 or 20 amps.
4) once fridge is removed, is there anything i need to do to it for safety, anything to seal off?
You can purchase a Brass Plug for the Propane Line. Any RV Parts store will have one . There should be a 110 Electrical Outlet in the outside access.You will have to tape/wire nut off the 12 Volt power supply as well!
The fridge has 2 Large screws on the base at the Back and 6 or more Smaller screws on the front side Top! It will easily slide out but the Doors should first be removed and a solid Box or Stool should be used to support it as You push/pull it from the enclosure!
Rob & Jean
98 Dutch Star Diesel Pusher ..92 Tracker 4X2
well, bit the bullet and yanked it out. not as bad as i first envisioned. quite easy in fact. two screws holding it down in the back, 2 dc and 2 ac wires plus couple grounds, turn off the main (only) propane valve at the tank, disconnect fridge gas line, (will cap it off with 2 bux in brass parts from hd,) pushed from the back, pulled from the front until it slid onto a waiting 4-wheel dolly.
wanted to go out the door but 1/2 in too wide, even with doors off. waste of time doing that. in the end used the window ahead of the door, the one where the barrel chair and ice maker usta be.
i removed the valence screws up into the cupboard above, about 4 of them, then valence dropped. next, bunch of screws holding the window frame from the inside.
outside frame, window assy, sealed to siding with ribbon caulk. gentle, steady pressure got it out.
i now have a small work desk in front of the window. put one of the dinette seat cushions on it. then my son and i lifted the fridge up onto it and pushed it mostly out the window. i got outside and held it until jon got there to help, and we both lifted it the rest of the way out (even over our heads not real heavy) and placed it on the ground.
new one coming friday. frigidaire 9.9 cu ft, but almost same dimensions and very low power. i can hardly wait for the hard root beer and frosty ice cream!!
btw, was going for the smaller avanti, but next to the frigidaire it looked sorta cheesy, and when salesman whipped out his measure stick and showed me the depth without the doors, it was an easy sell. now, with the window trick, i won't even have to remove the doors to get it in. just need an extra bowl of wheaties that am because it is a good 130 lbs. haven't pressed that much in 20 years. hope the kid is feeling robust....
followed your advice exc for left doors on...so far, and it came out much easier than i had anticipated. only 2 screws thru runners in back. 120vac wires not labeled as were 12vdc wires so took a bit before i located them. all brkrs/shore pwr off also. pulled it off pedestal onto 4 wheel cart raised as you suggested. even by meseff twerent too bad!
new one ought to be a cinch. thanks for assist!