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Old 06-01-2013, 01:32 PM   #1
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Question Dometic DM2652LBX Fridge, heater element failed, help

I diagnosed the problem as open heater element, got one on order but can't figure out how I disassemble the flue to get at it, I started unhinging the sheet metal outside cover but thought better of it till I get the new element, I need the fridge working on gas till then and don't want to get to involved right now.

Has anyone changed one in this model DM2652LBX? Advice? Here is a photo of the units guts showing the flue and element poking out.

Thanks Ray

here is what the element looks like on its own
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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Here's the link to the Dometic page for that refrigerator...:

http://www.dometic.com/enus/Americas...ctdataid=71807

On the right hand side there are a bunch of links that are of value to you...Owner's manual shows/tells how to change the element on page 13. There are also links for the installation manual and the parts listing for all the parts in the refrigerator. Maybe they can help you out...it doesn't sound very involved, but, the space is going to be very cramped to get the insulation and cap off the tube if your hands are very big...
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:32 PM   #3
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Thanks, I was hoping for a less cramped, easier way I was missing but from the description in the manual there is not. Hopefully I don't get cut up on the sheet metal.

Thanks for the links.

I'm going to take pix and video and do a write up once I get it fixed up.

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Old 06-02-2013, 08:09 AM   #4
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Ray,

To make the job a little easier on you, you can pull the reefer out of the cabinet a little bit. It's pretty much a matter of removing the "eyebrow panel, two screws under it and the bottom panel and two screws there, then open the outside compartment, remove 2 screws and the propane line. Then you can pull the reefer out of the cabinet about 6 or 8 inches. That'll give you more than enough room to work on the flue and replace the electric heater without risking cutting your hands. There isn't any extra room back there as you well know, and pulling the reefer out of the cabinet a few inches isn't a hard job. Actually, on our Holiday Rambler, it was faster to pull it out a bit than it would have been to try to change the heater with the reefer in place.


Remember, a trip to the ER to have your hand sutured is a lot more expensive and time consuming than making enough room to do the job safely

Good luck, hope it goes well for you.
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To make the job a little easier on you, you can pull the reefer out of the cabinet a little bit. It's pretty much a matter of removing the "eyebrow panel, two screws under it and the bottom panel and two screws there, then open the outside compartment, remove 2 screws and the propane line. Then you can pull the reefer out of the cabinet about 6 or 8 inches. That'll give you more than enough room to work on the flue and replace the electric heater without risking cutting your hands. There isn't any extra room back there as you well know, and pulling the reefer out of the cabinet a few inches isn't a hard job. Actually, on our Holiday Rambler, it was faster to pull it out a bit than it would have been to try to change the heater with the reefer in place.


Remember, a trip to the ER to have your hand sutured is a lot more expensive and time consuming than making enough room to do the job safely

Good luck, hope it goes well for you.
Great idea! Thanks for the advice. Never thought of that, will make it a lot easier to do the work.

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Old 06-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #6
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raytronx, Howdy;

You can also cover the edges with some blue painter's tape
to help reduce the slice-n-dice effect.

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raytronx, Howdy;

You can also cover the edges with some blue painter's tape
to help reduce the slice-n-dice effect.

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Had to do this on mine a few months ago. I pulled the fridge into the trailer and set on the floor. Much easier to get to the element without fighting that outside access. Took two people to lift it out and back in safely. Job took maybe 30 min total
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Had to do this on mine a few months ago. I pulled the fridge into the trailer and set on the floor. Much easier to get to the element without fighting that outside access. Took two people to lift it out and back in safely. Job took maybe 30 min total

Sounds good, thanks for the tip, got the replacement part in and going to tackle it this weekend.

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Old 06-08-2013, 05:57 PM   #10
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Hey guys fridge is all back working again.
Wrote up a blog post detailing the repair with photos and video in case it happens to someone else and they need the info.

Gave some kudos to this fine forum and the guys helping in this thread.

Thanks for the help.

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