What to Look for in an RV Cooling Unit

The camping refrigerator Cooling Unit is an important part of a properly working RV refrigerator. It prevents the food inside from becoming too warm and makes it much easier to keep it cold when you’re on the road or at a campground where power isn’t available.

Some people wonder if there will be a replacement for the RV cooling unit in the future. There are some solid-state electronic devices on the market that could be used instead of absorption refrigeration, but they’re still a long way off.

We recommend that you use a reputable RV refrigerator repair service for any problems with your RV refrigerator cooling unit. They have the experience and equipment to identify the problem and fix it properly.

What to Look for in an RV Cooling Unit

A good quality RV refrigerator should have an insulated interior and a thermostatic control that can be set at a specific temperature so the food inside will stay cold enough to last longer. Some models also come with small air circulation fans to help the air circulate over the heat exchanger coils in the unit. These small fans are often powered by 12 volts from the coach battery, and can be used to help prevent the coils from overheating when the coach is parked in hot weather.

Most modern RV refrigerators use a mechanical system called absorption refrigeration, which doesn’t require any moving parts and requires less energy than systems using compressors. The main advantage of absorption refrigeration is that it can be turned off if you’re not going to use the RV refrigerator for an extended period of time.

It can also be set to automatically turn on when you start the engine and stay running until the food is safely chilled and the temperature in the refrigerator reaches a comfortable level. It can be run off of shore power when you’re at a campground, or you can run it off a generator if you’re camping off-the-grid.

What to Do When Your RV Refrigerator Cooling Unit Fails

The first sign that your RV refrigerator cooling unit is failing is that it no longer cools your fridge, and the fridge is smelling of ammonia. This indicates that the cooling unit has rusted out and is leaking ammonia into the fridge.

A good way to test if the cooling unit is leaking is by putting a piece of paper between the gasket lips on your door and then closing the door. If the paper doesn’t drag when you close the door, it suggests that the door isn’t sealing properly.

Another good way to test if the cooling unit on your RV refrigerator is leaking is to take it apart and see how well it seals into the pocket where it attaches to the refrigerator. If the foam pack isn’t seated all the way into the pocket, trim it. You should also scrape off the thermal mastic that some manufacturers recommend around the sealing joint between the evaporator foam pack and the pocket.