What you are describing may be a cracked cooling coil or a plugged cooling coil and maybe a controls issue too. The pipes get real hot but no cooling. If this is the case, this is a danger issue which is what the Dometic recall was all about. The pipes can get so hot as no cooling is going on a fire may start if something burnable touches the boiler area pipes.
Look around the base of the flame chimney area. See if any yellowish residue is in this area. When a cracked cooling coil leaks and all the fluids inside comes out, it can sometimes create a yellowish residue
Here is a hit on the web I found of a pic of a failed one with the yellow
Here is another one
If you can take some pics of yours in this area, we can see if you have this issue or not.
Something else is not adding up in your post. Please clarify. You said:
I turned the fridge on electric and it cooled down! Then I tried it another time and all I had was a few drops of water in the freezer..so I shut it down..
a few days later was going to try the gas and found the coils in the back were VERY warm! It had been turned off about four days..weather NOT hot.
I unplugged it,and even the cord was warm(possibly from the warmth in the compartment?)..Now I am afraid to try and light it.. No battery is hooked up but convertor is producing DC at least to TV booster..could that have anything to do with the overheating and no cooling? What is my next step please?
Something is not adding up with the 4 days and the coils being very warm.
When you mean the cord was warm, do you mean the 120 VAC cord for the electric element?
If I'm following your time line, you turned it on "electric". It worked!
Then you tried another time and it did not. I do not follow the few drops of water in the freezer part. How long a time span was it and was the fridge Off before this time when you started it?
The point in this, the fridge did work at the start, then stopped getting cold and the pipes where very hot but no cooling at all. Need to better understand what you turned off when you only saw the few drops of water in the freezer?
Either the control unit was stuck on when you turned it off and the cooling coil failed or became clogged or some combo of this.
Question: Once you actually pulled the 120 VAC plug out (if you did) has the pipes then cooled down since?
Hope this helps
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