Silver Avion RV Restoration

Refrigerator Fix
By Bruce Hipp


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The fridge repair was interesting. The manuals said that there were only 4 screws holding the fridge in. Wrong....(the screws were cam screws requiring a special tool) and there were 10 of them.....2 outside on the floor through the access door. Two above the fridge in the cabinet, 4 on the sides and 4 behind little caps on the front. When the fridge was removed, we could not free the heating element from the tube due to the heating element being welded in place from the heat....There was not room through the little access door to get a grip on the heating element that only stuck up about 1/4 inch from the tube. Once we drilled out the rivets on the galvanized box surround the heating element and tube, removed the insulation, we were able to pry up from the bottom and free the heating element. From that point on, it was just a matter of sticking the new element in place, connecting the wires, testing, and re-installing. good news is that the fridge now works on gas and electric and the Russian Vodka in the freezer is ready for guests.