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Caravan fridge stopped working? How to fix it

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Nothing spoils a road trip quite like your caravan fridge not working. Whether you're headed to the beach for a long weekend or roughing it in an off-the-grid campsite, having access to cold food and beverages is essential—not just for convenience but also for health and safety reasons.

But don't panic! If your caravan fridge has stopped working mid-trip, we've got some tips on how to fix it yourself before you take it to a caravan repair centre. Here are our top DIY tricks that might be able to help you get back on track and some tips on when you may need to get your fridge fixed by professionals.

To start off: 
  • Limit access to your fridge during the diagnosis
  • Check power inputs internal and external
  • Check gas bottle level if applicable
  • Turn the fridge off and allow it to sit before resetting
  • Adjust thermostat
  • Check air intake vents 
  • Check fridge meltwater drains are clear

Diagnose the Problem - Check the power source and if it's plugged in securely and reset the thermostat

So, your fridge is acting up? Don't worry, it's time to play doctor and diagnose the issue! 

  • First of all, let's make sure that the power source is connected and secure - a loose plug can be a possible problem source keeping in mind that plugs get loose in travel. 
  • Not only the plug to your fridge but the external power input point may be loose so check all electrical outlets, 12, 24 or 240 volts. 
  • If on gas, check your bottle to ensure you haven’t run out of gas. 
  • Once that's sorted, the next step is resetting the thermostat. Firstly turn the fridge off and let it sit for some time before restarting or adjusting the thermostat. It can be surprising how often this simple solution can solve all our problems with a fridge. 
  • It’s best to keep access to the fridge limited while determining the problem so that your food doesn’t spoil. With a bit of problem-solving skill, you can possibly get your fridge back up and running in good time!

Troubleshooting - Vacuum all vents to make sure there is no dust build-up blocking airflow

Is your caravan fridge not keeping your food as cold as it used to? Don't panic just yet. It's possible that the problem isn't with the appliance itself, but rather with some dust build-up blocking the airflow. This is a common issue that can be easily fixed with a little troubleshooting.

Take a peek at the back of the fridge on the van’s external vent and if there is a layer of dust covering the vent surface grab your vacuum and start cleaning. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies to ensure maximum drawing power. Also, check the drains that take meltwater away as they may be blocked. Once you're finished, you may just find that your fridge is working like new again.

If you're feeling overwhelmed 

There's something satisfying about taking matters into your own hands, especially when doing your own caravan repairs, however, when it comes to something technical like a fridge it’s a good idea to involve a repairer. If this means minimising access to the fridge while in transit so that you can return the faulty appliance to the experts then work on that, which might mean telling the kids and the hubby to stay out of the fridge. 

When to take it to a professional 

If you're like most caravan owners, you probably enjoy tinkering with your van to keep it travelling smoothly. However, there may come a time when even the most experienced DIYer needs to throw in the towel and seek professional assistance. For example, if you've exhausted all your DIY solutions and still can't get your caravan's fridge to work correctly, it's time to take it to a professional.

Don't worry; there's no shame in admitting when you need help, especially when it involves a technical appliance like a fridge. Taking your caravan to caravan service Bundaberg centre, your local shop will give you peace of mind that an expert is handling the repairs, and you'll be back on the road in no time. So go ahead, take the leap, and take it to a professional – you won't regret it!

Tips for Keeping Your Fridge in Tip-Top Shape 

Keeping your fridge in tip-top shape is important for ensuring your food stays fresh and safe to eat. 

  • One simple tip is to perform regular checks for any signs of wear and tear, such as cracked shelves or a faulty seal on the door. 
  • It's also important to clean out any filters to prevent dust and debris buildup that can result in poor fridge performance. 
  • To avoid contamination and damage, make sure you're storing food properly by following packaging instructions and keeping raw meats separate from other items. 
  • By following these simple tips, you'll not only prolong the life of your fridge but also keep your food fresh and delicious for longer.

Enjoy the Open Road Again

There's nothing quite like hitting the open road and exploring all that this beautiful land has to offer. It's a feeling of freedom and adventure that can't be beaten. And when you're travelling with your companion in the comfort of your own van, you know you're good to go for any journey ahead. One key, of course, is making sure your fridge is safe and reliable.

Once you've ticked off that essential box, you'll be able to focus entirely on soaking up the joys of the open road. So pack your van, fuel up your tow tug’s tank, and get ready to enjoy the great outdoors once more!

No one likes dealing with a broken caravan fridge, especially on the open road. But with some diligence and smart troubleshooting, you can make sure that your refrigerator is running properly and safely again in no time! Take care to diagnose the problem correctly, conduct DIY repairs where possible, and know when it's time to take your fridge to a caravan service Bundaberg repair shop.

After all your hard work you'll be able to enjoy some peace of mind knowing that you've taken the proper steps in keeping an important travel appliance running smoothly for years to come. Armed with this advice, nothing is stopping you from getting out on the open road and creating wonderful memories. So embrace it, share it, and bring those great stories home!

Happy Caravanning!

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