If you’re in the market for an RV, one of the top considerations should be whether or not it has its own refrigerator, and if so, how hard it will be to remove that refrigerator to save space when you don’t need it anymore. Different RVs have different models of refrigerators, but there are some general steps you can follow that apply to most models regardless of brand. Here’s how to remove an RV refrigerator in five simple steps.
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How to Remove an RV Refrigerator: A Step-by-Step Guide
Cool Down The Unit
First, you’ll want to cool down your RV refrigerator by turning off its propane tanks and opening up any windows and doors on top of it. Propane is highly flammable, so don’t attempt repairs if there are any leaks or other issues with your unit. Once you’ve cooled down your fridge, move on to step two.
Disconnect the Power Supply
Always disconnect your RV refrigerator from its power supply when you’re ready to start working on it. If you don’t know how, consult your owner’s manual or seek help from a professional. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Disconnecting the power source will also protect you from accidentally electrocuting yourself while working on other parts of your refrigerator.
Drain The Refrigerant
The refrigerant needs to be drained from your unit before removal. This prevents any damage that might be caused by refrigerant leaking out. If you’re not sure how to drain your unit, hire a professional. They can do it properly and safely, preventing any harm from coming to you or your family.
Detach the Lines
Use a screwdriver to remove all of your refrigerator’s connecting hoses from their respective fittings. Be sure not to lose any of these hoses, as you may need them again once you purchase your new refrigerator. (Tip: write down which hoses are connected where, in case you need a reminder!) It is also important to remember that many refrigerators use propane gas, so be careful when detaching your lines. If you have never worked with propane before, it might be a good idea to ask someone for help or consult with the owner’s manual for more information. Once everything is disconnected and organized on your floor—you should have at least six different hoses—your old refrigerator should look like something out of Frankenstein’s laboratory!
This can be a messy project. Be sure to protect your floor and surfaces by laying down cardboard or paper as you take off each panel of your refrigerator, and tape it down as necessary. Consider wearing protective gloves while you work so that you don’t scratch any part of your refrigerator with a sharp tool.
If you are not sure how to remove your refrigerator, leave it up to someone who does. The removal will be dependent on where it is in your unit, but all of them have a way for you to pull out the old one and install a new one. This can be dangerous if handled incorrectly because refrigerators contain Freon which is extremely harmful. Use care when handling Freon. It’s not something you want leaking around your house or in front of your children.