RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Poked a hole in the wall of my refrigerator. Is it toast?

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tech Issues

Open Roads Forum  >  Tech Issues

 > Poked a hole in the wall of my refrigerator. Is it toast?

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next
Sponsored By:
Cheryl_B

USA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/01/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Defrosted it yesterday and went to put the shelves back in. One of them wouldn't go in and I struggled and struggled and ended up poking one end into the wall of the fridge.

Now it's not cooling adequately to keep my food from spoiling. Am I screwed or do you think the problem might be something else? BTW, I didn't try to remove that wire that went through the wall, fearing I would make the hole much worse. I put duct tape over the hole as best as I could. Read that can be done on another forum.

I fear I am screwed.


1985 Class C Chevy Rockwood, 27'
Fulltiming since June, 2016. Flying solo but I'm never alone.
Fear not the unknown, but the fear itself.


Grit dog

Black Diamond, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/06/2013

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 02:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So you just poked a hole in the plastic liner with the end of a wire shelf?
Um, fill or cover the hole.....AFTER you remove the offending piece.

if this is just a small pencil sized hole, it is not the cause of your fridge not cooling well. However the fact that not only is it probably a 37 year old fridge, but that you warmed it up to room temp yesterday in the dead of summer, wherever you're at, could both be contributors.
But not the hole.


2016 Ram 2500, MotorOps.ca EFIlive tuned, 5” turbo back, 6" lift on 37s
2017 Heartland Torque T29 - Sold.
Couple of Arctic Fox TCs - Sold

wa8yxm

Davison Michigan (East of Flint)

Senior Member

Joined: 07/04/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 02:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The "Works" in an RV fridge are all on the back wall. Encased in metal and you would find them hard to damage.

The side walls are just plastic sheeting over Styrofoam.. Just like the disposable coffee cup. Depending on the hole.. If it's just the plastic slap a square of Eternabond over it (They sell 11" by 11" patches) if it goes all the way through the foam insulation.. Well you might wish to fix that (no suggestions as to how)


Home was where I park it. but alas the.
2005 Damon Intruder 377 Alas declared a total loss
after a semi "nicked" it. Still have the radios
Kenwood TS-2000, ICOM ID-5100, ID-51A+2, ID-880 REF030C most times


TenOC

On the road -- Full time

Senior Member

Joined: 03/08/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 03:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cheryl_B wrote:



Now it's not cooling adequately to keep my food from spoiling. ------ BTW, I didn't try to remove that wire that went through the wall, fearing I would make the hole much worse.


Is it not cooling now because of the HOT weather? A small hole should not effect the cooling. If you have damaged something serious the gas AMMONIA would have leak and you would HAVE SMELLED it.

Did you poke the hole at the same place as the wire? If so pull the wire out a little and see if the insulation is cut.

Picture of the hole and wire!!!!!

The big problem will be ice building up on the patch. A small amount of spray foam may work but be VERY careful and not get too much. You can trim the foam after it cures.


Please give me enough troubles, uncertainty, problems, obstacles and STRESS so that I do not become arrogant, proud, and smug in my own abilities, and enough blessings and good times that I realize that someone else is in charge of my life.

Travel Photos

opnspaces

San Diego Ca

Senior Member

Joined: 12/22/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 03:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is the hole in the back or the side? If in the side you did not damage the cooling. If in the back you possibly damaged the cooling but it's highly unlikely. Well that is unless you hit the rack with a hammer or something to get it to go in. The easy check is to open the outside panel of the refrigerator.

If you smell ammonia or see that everything is dusted with yellow powder you have a problem. If no smell and no powder you are probably okay.

If no smell or powder I would pull the wire out. Then get a tube of some caulking (whatever you have on hand) and squeeze it into the hole. Take a wet finger and smooth the caulking out so it is just neatly filling the hole but not making a big glob inside the refrigerator. Let the caulking dry and don't give it another thought.


2001 Suburban 4x4. 6.0L, 4.10 3/4 ton
2005 Jayco Jay Flight 27BH
1986 Coleman Columbia Popup.

Cheryl_B

USA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/01/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 05:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it's not the hole (in the side, not the back), then why will it not get cold? I defrosted it because it was struggling to stay in the mid-low 40's, now it's almost 60 in there and I'm about to go up to the ice machine down the street and fill up a few coolers.

There is a thermister thing on one of the fins and I'm playing with that to see if that would help but it only continually gets warmer. I've tried propane over electric and nothing helps. Food is too expensive these days to lose a whole freezer full of meat.

ferndaleflyer

everywhere

Senior Member

Joined: 03/31/2011

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 06:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Takes a long time to cool a warm frig. Like 24 hours

Skibane

San Antonio, TX

Senior Member

Joined: 11/09/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 07:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wa8yxm wrote:

The side walls are just plastic sheeting over Styrofoam.. Just like the disposable coffee cup. Depending on the hole.. If it's just the plastic slap a square of Eternabond over it (They sell 11" by 11" patches) if it goes all the way through the foam insulation.. Well you might wish to fix that (no suggestions as to how)


A squirt of expanding urethane foam sealer ("Great Stuff" or similar) would probably come pretty close to matching the performance of the original insulation.

It expands a LOT as it cures, so use it sparingly.

pianotuna

Regina, SK, Canada

Senior Member

Joined: 12/18/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 07:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great Stuff foam.

Eternabond patch

start fridge and wait 24 hours. Keep the doors closed!


Regards, Don
My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp-hours of Telcom jars, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

Bobbo

Wherever I park

Senior Member

Joined: 09/16/2007

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 09:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I second the suggestion to turn on the fridge and wait 24 hours to see if it is cooling. It takes a long time to cool down.


Bobbo and Lin
2017 F-150 XLT 4x4 SuperCab w/Max Tow Package 3.5l EcoBoost V6
2017 Airstream Flying Cloud 23FB

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Tech Issues

 > Poked a hole in the wall of my refrigerator. Is it toast?
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tech Issues


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2022 CWI, Inc. © 2022 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.