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Old 06-07-2010, 09:36 PM   #1
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Cooling unit replacement question

We have some new members, that have a dead RM2652. When I pulled the outside cover off, I found yellow powder (sodium chromate) caked to several surfaces. I'm convinced the cooling unit has leaked and is in need of replacement.

My question is, how difficult is it, to replace the cooling unit itself. Preferably, without removing the unit from the coach?
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:02 PM   #2
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Hey Gary,

Hmm. That seems to have the signs of a leak, though I've not experienced what it would actually looks like to confirm for you.

I think you will need to remove the unit from the cabinet at least, whether or not you take it outside is probably more up to you. Is this Rain's coach? If so, then you should have plenty of room inside with the slide out.

Here's a good link for you of the process. They also sell refurbished cooling units too.

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We had the same yellow stuff in ours (same model) and my husband replaced our cooling unit last fall. He took the refrig. out of the compartment, set it on blocks of wood and a piece of carpet, then disassembled the cooling unit while it was in the coach. Too difficult to try to get it outside.
If I recall correctly, my husband had to take the doors off too. The heaviest part of the unit was the doors and the cooling unit.
The fins of the cooling unit stick through the inside of the refrig., and those need to be gently pushed out the back being careful not to crack the refrigerator body, as the cooling unit is taken off.
When reinstalling it, I remember he had to make sure everything was really clean on the backside where the cooling unit would go. He then had to use mastic to adhere, and that was a little tricky, but not difficult as I recall. We got a rebuilt cooling unit for about $400 that came with a five year warranty which was better than a new refrigerator which Dometic could not give more than three years. My husband installed it, and we now have a colder refigerator than the original. Wish I had photos, but it was a little hard to move in there with everything apart. Hope this helps. Wendy
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Thanks Wendy! If they buy the cooling unit, I hope they'll let me help them install it. It will be a valuable learning experience! Oh... Welcome to SOC!!!!
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Hi, Here is a link to replacing a cooling unit - Cooling Unit Replacement (Type 4)

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Hi, Here is a link to replacing a cooling unit - Cooling Unit Replacement (Type 4)

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Thank you Wendy!!!
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