Uregent Help - Access to 12v insde fridge

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 21:12
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For a couple of years we have been running a small 12v fan inside the fridge. I had a 240v trouble light in my hand this am & just for interest put it inside the fridge to see the size of the gap in the door seal where the 12v supply for the fan was coming in.

The gap was pretty significant so I changed to some very fine wire but the gap is still noticable so I thought I might tie into the light input circuit for a constant 12v to the fan. Unscrewed the two screws in the light/thermostat fitting but can not get the unit away from the wall to access the 12v supply.

How do I get access?


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Reply By: Deleted User - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 21:27

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 21:27
Remove the two screws at the front of the plastic assembly. The other end is held by two plastic spigots which slide into slots in the main liner. Forget which way they face but I suspect if you bump the end with the palm of your hand towards the rear it will do the trick. If not try the reverse.
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Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 22:27

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 22:27
After removing the 2 screws, slide the whole light / thermostat assembly forward and it will come off the supporting clip. IF YOU PULL IT OUTB AWAY FROM THE WALL YOU WILL BREAK THE PLASTIC TABS THAT HOLD IT IN THERE.

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Reply By: Mobi Condo - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 22:59

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 22:59
Also - be aware of the fine tube for the temperature control / thermostat set up.

I attempted to set up a fan as per instructions on this forum etc with fan power coming from the light and control knob set up and found that 12V Computer fans would not work - then I decided that it may have been wise to try the voltage from the power into this set up BEFORE I started, so I did so - it was only about 7 volts or so. Hm! The fan did not get installed as a result.

I was so glad I did work VERY carefully so as to NOT fracture the thermostat tube!

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Follow Up By: Andy1 - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 23:53

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 23:53
Thanks Ian

I will come in again from outside & cut a small slit in the seal so it will seat both sides of the wire.The fridge is a dog without the fan.

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Follow Up By: Bobrovin - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 04:33

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 04:33
I connected my fan to the light wires just before the light switch and it runs no worries with a resistor in line to slow it down and keep the noise level low. Fan is cable tied at the back centre of top shelf pointing down and does a great job of keeping the rear wall defrosted as well as even temps.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 03:28

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 03:28
When I had the fridge removed for some TLC I drilled a vertical hole centrely at the bottom back just behind the drain channel and inserted a piece of tube. This now carries a thermometer cable and a 80mm fan cable. The fan is cable tied underneath a shelf in a corner with a 12v plug-socket for shelf removal.

No more gasket problems and all nice a neat.

I completely rewired the mess of wiring and also the 12v regulator the drives the internal flood lamp. The resistors which control the compressor operating parameters are now on a terminal strip and can be easily changed when and if required.

I also removed the plastic defrost water container and now have a tube which drains to the outside of the van. I could never seem to keep the container in place and if it contained water when taking off it would spill. There was evidence of water damage from this.

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Follow Up By:- Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 17:43

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 17:43
This is the fan speed controller I have installed.

ZALMAN FanMate2 Fan Speed Control Unit



cost $12
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Follow Up By: NIK `N` OFF - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 20:23

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 20:23
And this is what it looks like

I like your neat idea Ern, it would be very simple if the fridge mobs installed an internal fan when they build the things.

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Reply By: Oldfella - Saturday, Jul 18, 2009 at 03:28

Saturday, Jul 18, 2009 at 03:28
Is there no other way to power the fan? eg from the compressor power supply???
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