Many of the most popular RV refrigerators are gas absorption units. These units are a dependable and quiet system for refrigeration. But when your unit fails it can cause problems like a foul ammonia smell, yellow residue behind the fridge or the cooling solution leaking out. The good news is, replacing the cooling unit can be fairly inexpensive and relatively easy if you know what to look for.
The best way to check if your cooling unit is failing is to shut off the refrigerator and visually inspect it. If the ammonia odor is strong or you see a yellow residue behind the fridge then it is time to replace the cooling unit. Other signs of a failing cooling unit are the boiler overheating and the fridge heating up but not cooling. This can be caused by the cooling unit not having a Dometic or Norcold ARP control installed.
Leon from JC Refrigeration in northern Indiana offers remanufactured Norcold cooling units and does repairs to these and Dometic refrigerators as well as A/C units. He offers a very reasonable price for cooling unit replacements and also reseals the evaporator with Thermo Mastic.
One of the most common reasons for cooling units to fail is they rust out and start leaking the cooling solution. A good quality remanufactured unit can easily replace the original for less than half the cost of a new refrigerator. Leon can help you with any RV refrigeration problem you may have as he is experienced with Dometic and Norcold refrigerators.