Tips & Tricks: RV Refrigerator Maintenance Checklist


You’ve made the investment in a quality refrigerator for your RV. Now you need to learn what you can do to keep it running for the life of your RV. Some maintenance can be done yourself, but others require a service technician.

Maintenance Checklist For the Do It Yourselfer

1.Be sure to check the burner flame for proper appearance. The flame should be light blue. If it has a yellow tip, this means it is burning incorrectly and should be serviced by a qualified technician. Check to be sure there is no spider web, insect next, soot or rust on or around the burner. If there is, knock it off with a small screwdriver and clean the area with compressed air or by blowing through a soda straw.

2.For proper ventilation, keep the area behind your refrigerator clear. Check the upper and lower vents and the area between those openings for any obstructions such as a bird nest.

3.Check all connections in the LP gas system (at the back of your refrigerator) for gas leaks by applying a non-corrosive commercial leak detector solution to all connections. Do not use a flame to check for leaks. The appearance of bubbles indicates a leak and should be repaired immediately by a qualified service technician familiar with LP gas.

Maintenance Checklist to Be Performed By a Qualified Service Person at Least Once a Year

1.Check the 12-volt battery system and wiring. Battery problems can adversely affect your refrigerator causing intermittent operation or dim interior lighting. The technician should look at the battery terminals, electrolyte level, amount of charge, etc. A normal operating voltage is 10.5 to 13.5 volts DC.

2.Finally, be sure the technician takes a look at the gas pressure, checks for gas leaks, cleans the flue tube and burner jet and checks the LP gas safety shutoff.

Let us know if you have any other tips we may not have mentioned in the comments below!

Story courtesy of Snowbirds & RV Travelers Magazine