Are you worried about replacing your existing RV refrigerator because you don’t know how? Are you maybe afraid that you may damage the new Dometic RV that you bought when you try to install it? I feel you because I know exactly how it felt the first time I tried replacing the fridge of my RV. I knew nothing about electrical wiring, so I was pretty scared of damaging the new and expensive Dometic RV fridge I bought.
But I’m telling you not to worry too much because it’s actually easier than it seems – and I can show it to you. That’s why I created a guide on how to remove a Dometic RV refrigerator in just a few steps.
Tools You’ll Need to Do This Job
Before you begin, there are a few things that you’ll need to get this job done. So before we go on to the guide, we’ll list some of the tools you need to have. Don’t worry because most of these tools can be found in your average toolbox. So there’s not really any need to go to the store to buy new stuff. Anyway, here they are:
- Measuring tape
- Dolly strap
- Moving dolly (if ever you have one)
These are the only things that you’ll need to have for this job. Not a lot, right? Except for the dolly, you’ll most likely have all of these at home. If you don’t have a dolly, though, you might need the help of maybe two other people to carry the fridge out. In any case, here are the next steps below.
Instructions for Removing Your RV Fridge
Step 1: Measure your Fridge
If you’re going to replace your fridge with a new one, you’re going to need all the necessary measurements. Use a measuring tape to get the dimensions of your existing fridge so you’ll know how to buy the new one.
Step 2: Take Out the Frame
The next thing to do once you’ve gotten the dimensions is to take out the frame. The way to do this is to remove the frame screws. To remove them, first, take out all the caps by turning them and popping them out. Under the caps, you’ll find the screws in which you’ll need a screwdriver to take them out. From there, you can take out the frame.
Step 3: Take Out the Exterior Frame
Once that’s done, you also need to take out the frame base, which is outside the RV. It can be found near the access door. The screws are below the base. Again, bring out your screwdriver and take out the screws.
Step 4: Turn Off the Gas
You need to turn off the gas to ensure that you can avoid any accidents. To do this, simply go to the LPG tank at the back of the fridge and turn it off. Sometimes, the LPG is inside the freezer. Just make sure you go to the LPG and turn it off. Once you turn it off, disconnect the wiring. Ensure that the mainline and two-volt wires are both disconnected.
Step 5: Pull Out the Caulking
If ever your fridge is sealed with a silicone caulking, pull it out or cut it. It isn’t that hard to pull them out, so you won’t really need tools.
Step 6: Take Out the Old Fridge
The last step is to take out the fridge simply. It is at this stage that a moving dolly and dolly straps will be beneficial. Tilt the dolly on the base of the refrigerator and make sure the fridge is on the dolly. After that, get your belts and strap the fridge to the dolly. Once you do this, you can simply cart the fridge out. If you don’t have a dolly, ask the assistance of two more friends to help you bring out the refrigerator.
Wasn’t that really simple? All it took was just a few tools and six simple steps to get the job done. Don’t worry about needing to be an expert in removing a fridge to replace it with a new one. As long as you follow the steps that we’ve given above to the dot, regardless of whether you have don’t it before or not, then you should have no problem.