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Date:         Tue, 11 Jul 2006 07:15:42 -0400
Reply-To:     Kenneth Wilford <kenwilfy@COMCAST.NET>
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From:         Kenneth Wilford <kenwilfy@COMCAST.NET>
Subject:      Re: Fixed (Re: dometic pilot goes out when thermostat turned up)
Comments: To: Andy Highland <andy@420.AM>
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I had a dometic that wouldn't light the other day. Hadn't worked in years. Before ripping it all apart I unscrewed the plug in the drain right below the fridge door and blew some compressed air in there. After this the fridge lit right up and works very well. I could hear the thing popping but it just wouldn't light. This might not work for everyone but it is worth a try before ripping everything apart (BTDT).

Hope this helps, Ken Wilford John 3:16 Phone: (856)-327-4936 Fax: (856)-327-2242

-----Original Message----- From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf Of Andy Highland Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 12:19 AM To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM Subject: Fixed (Re: dometic pilot goes out when thermostat turned up)

On Jun 23, 2006, at 12:05 AM, Andy Highland wrote:

> My dometic lights and stays lit as long at the thermostat is left at > 0. When I turn it up, the pilot goes out. : ( Has anyone had this > problem? > > Thanks, > andy

Thanks for all the suggestions. I pulled the fridge and checked the combustion chamber. There was a little bit of gunk and rust in there, but not very much. I cleaned it out. I also blew as hard as I could through both flue vents. I put it back in the cabinet and It ran for almost a day on propane with the thermostat at MAX before I shut it off. So, the problem was either in the flue vent system or the combustion chamber. My guess is that one of the flue pipes was blocked which allowed enough fresh air for the pilot, but not for a bigger flame and so it went out when the thermostat knob was turned up.

While I had it out I took the insulation sleeve off of the flue pipes. I couldn't remember if it was supposed to wrap around both pipes or just the exhaust. I couldn't get it to wrap around both, so it's now just on the exhaust pipe. I hope I got that right.

yay! andy

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