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I have a Dometic RM2310 refrigerator in my camper. When I originally turned on the power to the refrigerator, the grate on the outside of the camper became very hot to the touch. The refrigerator never turned on either by electric power or propane. I was told by a refrigerator repairman to take the refrigerator out & turn it upside down, since it had not been used for quite some time, put the refrig back upright & reinstall. This did not help either. A friend said that there is a fuse on the fri

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Oh dear, a Dometic (nee Electrolux) fridge doesn't have a compressor, it's an absorption type refrigeration system, there are no moving parts.

The suggestion to tip it upside down is partly right.

When sitting for extended periods the liquid mixture can separate out or stratify (IIRC it's a mix of ammonia, bromine and water) and so needs remixing.

My memory is rusty, but I'm pretty sure the procedure used to be to tip the fridge onto its side (the same side as the boiler is on, the large vessel in the refrigeration circuit on the back) wait for it to stop gurgling, tip onto it's top, wait, etc, then tip onto the other side, wait again, then tip back onto the top, tilt at a 45* angle and shake like crazy.
Tip back onto its feet, wait for all the gurgling to stop then switch on.

These style of fridges work with three different energy inputs and are known, funnily enough as a three way fridge, ie. they use LP gas, 12v and high voltage (110V or 240V, depending on here you are in the world)
The gas part feeds a small burner, the electric side feeds one of two small elements.

If any of these aren't working the fridge wont work on that 'setting', but it sounds like this isn't the OP's problem as the outside grille is getting hot, meaning the element or burner is working.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Since you've mentioned that the frige was not used for a long time, the compressor is probably stuck up right now. You'd need to take the machine to a professional to have the compressor serviced. They will open up the compressor and repair it. That is the only solution right now, unless you know how to open a compressor yourself and refresh it.

I hope this gives you an idea on what you need to do. Thanks and have a nice day.
- HotRatchet

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