Repair DVD for the Danby Consul Gas Fridge

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Danby / Consul Propane Gas Refrigerator Service Repair DVD

The Danby / Consul Gas Refrigerator has been in production for over 30 years using the original designs of the components. With the correct care and gas fridge maintenance, these units have been in service since their introduction to the market. We have repaired hundreds of units and brought them back to life from what the owner considered “dead”. Now we offer our expert repair DVD to show you how we do gas refrigerator repair on the Danby / Consul units. DVD Features Include; Set-up tips, General Maintenance, Lighting Instructions, Cleaning the Burner, Replacing the Thermocouple, Checking Gas Pressure, Leak Testing, Cooling Unit Diagnosis, Cleaning the Flue, Permanent fix for the “Factory Design Flaw” and Much More…
Danby Consul DVD = $49.95 Click here to order the DVD

Consul Propane Refrigerator – Service Notifications

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Consul Refrigerator – Service Issues

In the Mid 1980’s, there were very few gas refrigerators in production on the retail market. In fact there were only 2 brands that were considered reliable. One brand name was the Consul. Made in Brazil and imported into North America. Based on an average electric fridge, the Consul was small. It was common place for a home owner to purchase 2 and use them side by side to accommodate the entire family. Although the 1940 model Servel propane gas refrigerators looked much larger, the capacities of both brands were very similar at about 8 cubic feet.

Compared to the 1940 Servel units, the Consul gas fridge freezer was much more efficient and reliable. Compared to a 2014 model EZ Freeze, the Consul is slightly less efficient and much less reliable. Considering the age of design of the three mentioned fridges, the reliability is par for the course based on age of design.

What design issues does the Consul propane refrigerator have? Most of the design flaws center around the burner area. The most common issue that we see is the burner burning foul due to ingested debris. This can not only cause the LP refrigerator to not cool properly but also be dangerous to the homeowner if left unattended. Very high levels of carbon monoxide can result in health issues. The old 1940 Servel units showed these same traits but on a much worse scale.

When the burner gets fouled by debris the flame puts off soot through the exhaust. This soot will coat the boiler and lower the boiler temperature and as a result the refrigerator interior temperature will rise above safe food keeping temperatures.

Pictures on this page show a severely neglected Consul burner and the resulting soot ball the was cleaned out by our service technician. This is one of the worst cases we have seen. This Consul unit required a full burner rebuild. When it left the shop, it was in good working order with interior temperatures at 29 degrees Fahrenheit in the refrigerator compartment.

We used the same step by step procedure for this rebuild as we show in the Danby / Consul Repair DVD.

EZ-Defrost System for Gas Refrigerators

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Why are all gas refrigerators manual defrost? In order to accomplish an automatic defrost cycle that includes timers and heating elements, the unit must have electric power. This electric defrost cycle puts a large load on the electric supply. Built primarily for use in off grid non-electric locations, the manufacturers of propane gas refrigerators elect not to include this feature. The frost build-up inside of the refrigerator compartment is inevitable and eventually will lower the efficiency of any gas non-electric refrigerator. Depending on a few factors will determine when and how often the off grid refrigerator will need to be defrosted. The humidity in the air, number of door openings, and moisture on groceries will all contribute to frost build up and will vary depending upon the owner and climate. We find that a defrosting schedule can be as often as every 3 months or as little as once a year even within the largest propane refrigeratorEZ Freeze has developed a defrosting method that takes all of the work out of defrosting. It is as simple as turning a dial. The EZ-Defrost System is available on all models.

How do I know when it’s time to defrost my Gas Refrigerator?

Here at WarehouseAppliance.com we have been using propane refrigerators for over 30 years. We have come up with a simple way to determine when defrosting is required. A non electric refrigerator will have aluminum cooling fins located on the back wall of the refrigerator compartment. Humidity will collect on these fins and turn to ice. We monitor these fins and find that when the frost builds up between these fins to the point where there is no air space between the fins due to ice build up, then it is time to defrost.

How does the EZ-Defrost System work?

The EZ-Defrost System includes multiple parts. First is a pan under the cooling fins inside the fridge compartment with drip spout that directs the water to a funnel mounted on the back wall of the fridge interior. The water then funnels out through the back wall and down into a removable tray on the rear of the unit. The tray is designed to either be removed and emptied or left in place where the water will evaporate due to the heated tray holder.

As close to automatic as it gets.

In order to defrost, all you need to do is turn the temperature thermostat dial to a minimum setting in the evening and in the morning the frost in the fridge will be defrosted and drained through the above process. At this point in time all you need to do is turn the thermostat dial back to where it was prior to defrosting. No need to empty the contents of the fridge. No need to turn off the unit. No need to use a hair dryer or hot water to defrost. This is why we call it the EZ-Defrost System.

 

 

How We Repair Propane Gas Refrigerators

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Repairing Propane Gas Refrigerators

Are you having continuous problems with your propane gas refrigerators? Seeking professional and a renowned company that can provide you with quality refrigerator and technical service? Warehouse Appliance offers solutions to all your problems in one place. Purchasing the right freezer or refrigerator that has the ability to keep the food fresh is vital for any business or home. We have been sellers of all the major brands of propane gas refrigerators as well as users of these products. We have trained at the factories for service issues. Our staff has over 30 years of experience in troubleshooting and servicing gas refrigerators. This is not just a Discount Supply House, we actually have service.

We offer in shop service at our location. Walk in service with your unit or we can have your unit shipped to our location for a repair and shipped back to you. Our valued customers also get free live telephone service. Our staff can walk you through the diagnosis process and guide you through a fix or repair. We are the only company in the home gas refrigerator industry that has developed and produced Repair & Service DVD’s. Dynamx, Inc has produced a series of Set up, Service, and Maintenance DVD’s for different brands within the industry. The Danby or Consul Repair DVD guides the viewer through a complete gas refrigerator repair service of an actual refrigerator that has been neglected over the years and was considered “dead” by the owner. We brought the fridge back to life in this twenty plus minute DVD. We show all the tricks and tips to keep a Danby Refrigerator or Consul Refrigerator operating like new for years and years to come.

The Diamond Gas Refrigerator DVD set includes a Set-up, Service, & Maintenance DVD along with a Cooling Unit Replacement DVD. If your Diamond gas powered refrigerator suffers from a shortened lifespan or a leaking cooling unit, this DVD will guide you through the replacement procedure of the cooling unit. This brand is not as susceptible to a cooling unit clog failure as other brands, but it is common in the 2005 models and more recent models will have fuse leaks or fill valve leaks. We have also seen many defective welds.

The EZ Freeze brand has the least amount of warranty or repair issues of any brand we have sold through our 30 years within the industry. We offer the Maintenance DVD free of charge to all our EZ Freeze LP fridge customers. It describes typical annual maintenance suggestions as well as the simple set-up procedure.

Maintenance for Gas Refrigerators

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How to do maintenance on your gas fridge or gas freezers.

Because there are no moving parts in these gas refrigerators and gas freezers, there’s not much maintenance needed. One very important thing you can do to keep the unit working to it’s maximum efficiency is to periodically clean the flue. The flue will soot up due to impurities in the gas. The dirtier the gas, the more soot will develop. Turn the unit off and let the flue cool for awhile. Place something over the burner orifice to protect it from the falling soot. Place a rag or piece of tin foil under the unit to catch any falling soot. Remove the baffles from the flue (if any). Be careful!! They may be hot. Use the Flue Brush and gently scrub the full length of the flue. Rotate the brush a few times to get all the soot possible.

One other common occurrence is debris in the Burner Air Intake. If the gas fridge or gas freezer has been sitting for awhile, spiders like the smell of propane and will make webs in the burner area and the unit will not light or burn with a dirty foul flame. Dirt, dust, pet hair, insects, lint, or anything migrating behind the gas fridge will increase the chances of the burning running foul. If the flame tip is yellow or orange, then chances are, there is debris in the Burner Tube and Air Intake. It is very easy to remove. Turn the unit off. Using a piece of 1/4″ flexible rubber hose, just aim it at the Air Intake of the Burner and blow through the other end to clean out the debris. Using compressed air or “air in a can” works well also. Be sure the unit is off and cooled before using “air in a can” since it can be highly flammable. Re-light the unit and visually check the flame. It should be a crisp blue flame with a white or yellow tip. To prevent debris from getting into the burner tube and creating this problem, it’s a good idea to vacuum under and around your gas refrigerator or gas freezer often. This is best gas fridge maintenance practice.

A more detailed description for servicing gas refrigerators is available on DVD along with many other troubleshooting and repair tips and tricks. The Diamond Gas Refrigerator Service, Maintenance, Set-up, and Trouble Shooting DVD or the Danby Consul Service Repair DVD. The EZ Freeze Maintenance DVD is available FREE with the purchase of the unit.

The Importance of a Blue Flame on Propane Refrigerators

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What so many of us with a propane refrigerator don’t realize is that flame within the burner box needs to have a certain look and sound in order to produce just the right amount of heat to cool a gas refrigerator.  The right amount of heat produced beneath the cooling unit exhaust pipe is of the utmost importance to cool down the propane refrigerator.  This flame size will vary depending on the thermostat and the actual temperature inside the gas refrigerator.  We look for a 1 to 2 inch flame with a nice crystal blue crown.  We want this flame to be more along the lines of a butane lighter look and not a regular zip lighter.  As most of us know, the blue flame produces more heat than a dirty camp fire flame.  If this blue flame turns into a more yellow looking candle, you can be sure your propane fridge will not cool properly.

So, what are the causes of a yellow flame?  The most common cause of a yellow flame or dirty flame, as we call it here at Warehouse Appliance, is debris.  This could include dust, lint, spider webs insects and other critters that find the burner box as a nice home.  Typically, propane refrigerators are used in cabins and other vacation spots that aren’t used all year round.  When your vacation time is over and you turn the gas off on your propane or natural gas refrigerator you can be sure that your burner box and orifice become a collection spot for dirt and debris that find their way to the back of the fridge.

We here at Dynamx encourage all of our customers to clean out their burner boxes before starting up their propane fridge.  The best way to keep from getting a dirty flame is to use compressed air to blow out the affected area.  Cleaning the exhaust pipe with a flue brush is also a necessity to ensure the pipe stays clean and heats the cooling unit properly.  Our EZ Freeze refrigerators provide easy access to the burner tube and orifice while also providing better protection from outside wandering debris and possible items that can burn up in the burner tube.

Need more help servicing your propane or natural gas refrigerator?  We are here to help!  Call us at 928-636-1955 or visit the service part of our website by click here.

Defrosting your propane refrigerator

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Do you regularly look into the freezer, chip away at frozen shelves of food trying to find something before frostbite sets in? Warehouse Appliance discusses defrosting your propane refrigerator.

All gas refrigerators are manual defrost, but why?

Those who have owned a newer electric freezer are aware of their auto defrost feature. The unit’s defrost cycle includes timers and heating elements, which put a large load on the electric supply. For this reason, manufacturers of propane gas refrigerators do not include this feature.

Frost buildup inside of a refrigerator compartment is inescapable and will gradually lower the efficiency of any refrigerator. Your gas fridge needs to be defrosted manually. Depending on a few factors, your application and time will help to determine when and how often the off-grid refrigerator will need to be defrosted.

How do I know when it’s time to defrost my gas refrigerator?

A non-electric refrigerator has aluminum cooling fins located on the back wall of the refrigerator compartment. Humidity collects on these fins and turns to ice. Regularly inspect these fins. When the frost builds up between these fins to the point where there is no air space between the fins it is time to defrost. The good news is, EZ Freeze has developed a defrosting method that takes all the work out of defrosting. It is as simple as turning a dial. The EZ-Defrost System is available on all models.

How does the EZ-Defrost System work?

Using the EZ-Defrost System is as close to automatic as it gets. In order to defrost, all you need to do is turn the temperature thermostat dial to a minimum setting in the evening and in the morning the fridge will be defrosted.

Warehouse Appliance is interested in helping you get the most efficient use of your propane refrigerator. If you have questions about defrosting your gas fridge, or if you’re thinking of replacing your electric refrigerator with a new generation propane refrigerator, call the experts at Warehouse Appliance at 928-636-1955.