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Old 04-13-2013, 12:38 AM   #11
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I just did a quick read about the helium vs hydrogen. It appears both gasses are used in addition to the ammonia and water in the frig. They are the third leg of the the "3 gas" units. The helium is just used in place of the hydrogen. I couldn't find anything that really said either was a whole lot better than the other, and it is the ammonia that is corrosive. I think the anti-corrosive is what plugs the tubes when they overheat from out of level, so I don't see how that would change.

It will be interesting to see more information from experts on the Atwood.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:57 PM   #12
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Call me dumb, but what keeps Norcold, et. al, from having a level switch. Off level by enough to damage refer, the board turns off the element or cuts off the gas. Perhaps add an override switch, but this would at least end the problem of "am I level enough?"
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:11 PM   #13
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They figure a written warning will suffice? They want to sell more refrigerators and replacement parts?
I think Atwood is trying to create a refrigerator nanny state, by shutting you down, if you don't comply.
Hoping not to find out.

Does Norcold make absorption fridges, as well as compressor types that aren't "level challenged"? Dometic makes absorption for sure, I have one.
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I think an "out of level" light on the fridge would be a GREAT addition!!!!

I know my fridge alerts me if it's power source cuts off (assuming it's not on "auto" but I never put it on "auto" because of the potential to drain the battery) and turns itself off if I leave the door open too long...so it's certainly smart enough to tell me when it's not level enough.
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I have one.
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That is nice feature. Hopefully Dometic and Norcold will add it (if new models don't already have it).
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