Dometic RF60 Operating instructions

Type: A30-100C
Model: RF60
Operating instructions
Figure 1
A. Energy selector switch
B. Flame indicator (galvanometer)
C. Thermostat (Gas/electric)
D. Manual ignition button
E. Door lock
The refrigerator is equipped to operate mains power, DC or liquid gas.
The desired power option is selected by means of energy selector switch (A).
Energy selector switch (A) has four settings: AC mains power, DC (12V),
Gas (liquid gas), O (Off).
Figure 2
Dear customer,
please read the instruction book and all additional information
before using the appliance. It is most important that they should be
retained with the appliance for future reference!
1. Warnings and directions
These warnings are provided in the interest of safety. You must read them
carefully before installing or using the appliance!
This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with
reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and
knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction
concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.
Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the
If you smell gas:
- Close the locking tap of the gas supply and the valve on the cylinder.
- Open the windows and leave the room.
- Do not switch on anything electrical.
- Extinguish naked flames.
Any electrical work required to install this appliance should be carried out by
a qualified electrician.
It is dangerous to alter the specifications or modify this product in any way.
The absorption refrigerator is designed to be used specifically for the storage
of edible foodstuffs and drinks only.
There are working parts in this product which heat up. Always ensure that
there is adequate ventilation as a failure to do this will result in component
failure and possible food loss (refer to relevant instructions for unit installation
under point 4.).
Before defrosting, cleaning or maintenance work is carried out, be sure to
switch off the appliance and unplug it. Shut down gas operation!
Manufacturers' food storage recommendations should be strictly adhered to.
Refer to relevant instructions for food and drink storage under point 13.
Under no circumstances should you attempt to repair the appliance yourself.
Repairs carried out by inexperienced persons may cause injury or more
serious malfunctioning. This product should be serviced by an authorised
Service Engineer, and only genuine spare parts should be used.
Never open the cooling unit; it is under high pressure.
2. Area of use
The unit may not be installed in motor vehicles and boats when using the gas
operation method!
Operation using liquid gas is permitted only in well ventilated rooms which have a capacity (length x width x height) of at least 20m3 and have a
window (which can be opened) or a door to the outside - or out of doors.
Outdoor use includes tents (awnings) which are well ventilated throughout unit
operation and flat garden terraces.
There are no restrictions on electrical operation.
Site of operation must be protected from rain and other water sources.
3. Storage of gas cylinders
Liquid gas cylinders should never be stored in unventilated areas or below
ground (funnel-shaped holes). Avoid direct sunlight. The gas cylinder should not
be exposed to temperatures in excess of 50°C.
4. Installation
To be installed horizontally on a smooth, firm or any other appropriate surface.
If necessary, adjust/align using a spirit level or a water-filled vessel.
There should be a distance of at least 10cm between the back of the unit and
any other object (wall).
Avoid placing unit in direct sunlight and next to other sources of heat.
Ventilating ducts of the refrigerator should be kept clear of all obstructions to
ensure a good air circulation.
This will result in a good, energy-saving cooling system.
5. Cleaning
Before initial use and after defrosting or before prolonged periods of disuse,
clean the unit containers and door with luke-warm water and, if necessary,
washing-up liquid. Warning: do not inadvertently press or force the opened door
past its stop-point (this could cause the hinges to break). Never use scouring or
corrosive agents to clean the unit. Wipe cleaned surfaces dry with a soft cloth.
6. AC operation
Check that the supply voltage and line voltage data correspond to the type-plate
in the unit.
(The following instructions refer in the main to coolers manufactured for the
United Kingdom).
The mains lead of your refrigerator is fitted with a non-rewirable moulded-on 13
amp plug containing a 3 amp fuse. It is a regular earthed plug for connection to
a regular earthed socket.
Due to the difference in the plugs used, an adapter will be necessary for other
If the fuse requires replacing at any time, the fuse cover/carrier should be
removed using a small screwdriver to lever it out. The old fuse should be
replaced by a 3 amp ASTA approved BS 1362 fuse and the fuse cover/carrier
must be refitted before the plug is used again.
If the fuse cover/carrier is lost, a replacement can be obtained from the service
shops. The fuse cover/carrier must be of the same colour as that of the coloured
insert in the base of the plug. In no circumstances must the plug be used without
a correct fuse cover/carrier fitted.
If the plug supplied on the mains lead is not suitable for the socket in your home,
it should be cut off and disposed of safely, or destroyed, to avoid any possible
shock hazard resulting from the plug being inserted into a 13 amp socket
elsewhere in the house. A suitable replacement plug should then be fitted as
given below.
General guide to fitting any plug
Ensure the lengths of wire inside the plug are prepared correctly. Connections
should be firmly made after all conductor strands are entered into the terminal
posts. When preparing the cable ends take care not to damage the outer sheath,
or the insulation surrounding the inner conductors. Tighten all screws. Replace
the top cover of the plug and secure.
Other versions
Your refrigerator has a 3-wire mains lead which is intended for connection to a
3-pin plug and a properly earthed socket outlet.
IMPORTANT: The wires in the mains lead of this appliance are coloured in
accordance with the following code:
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead may
not correspond with the coloured markings
identifiying the terminals in your plug, proceed
as follows: the wire which is coloured GREENAND-YELLOW must be connected to the
terminal in the plug which is marked with the
letter E or by the earth symbol
or coloured
green or green-and-yellow. The wire which is
coloured BLUE must be connected to the
terminal which is marked with the letter N or coloured black. The wire which is
coloured BROWN must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the
letter L or coloured red.
If a 13 amps (B.S. 1363) fused-plug is used, it should be fitted with a 3 amp fuse.
In other cases, the circuit to which the refrigerator is connected should be fitted
with a 5 amp fuse.
To turn on (Fig. 3)
- Energy selector switch (A) should be in position “AC”.
- Turn electric/gas thermostat knob (C) clockwise to position MAX. Only after
approximately 1 hour will the unit become noticably cool (frost on
- The temperature can be regulated using the electric/gas thermostat knob:
'0'=off, the symbol shows increasing degrees of coolness.
- After sufficient cooling (approximately 5 hours), the thermostat position can
be set to a lower temperature. (Middle position). The thermostat will now
automatically regulate the set temperature.
The devices fulfill the cooling performance requirements of the Climatic
Class N acc. to EN/ISO 7371 in the temperature range of +16°C to 32°C
ambient temperature.
middle position
Figure 3
To turn off (Fig. 3)
- Energy selector switch (A) should be in position '0'. (The appliance is now
fully switched off.)
- Turn thermostat knob (C) anticlockwise to position '0'.
7. DC operation
12V DC voltage appliances are shipped with bare wire ends. The wire ends
must be connected to a terminal block, which is connected to the vehicle battery
via a 15A fuse. A safety fuse must be installed in the electricity supply between
battery and refrigerator in a duct.
max. cable lengths
Cable cross section
2.5 mm2
4.0 mm2
6.0 mm2
12 V
2.5 m
4.0 m
6.0 m
It is necessary to consider the polarity when connecting the unit.
Check that the battery voltage and line voltage data correspond to the type-plate
on the inside of the unit.
If no batteries are used independently of the vehicle, the mobile cooler should
not be operational when the vehicle is in motion, since the battery can discharge
to the extent that the vehicle engine cannot restart when the vehicle is at a
Recommendation: before journey, pre-cool the unit using AC operation.
To turn on (Fig. 4)
Figure 4
- Energy selector switch (A) should be in position “DC”.
When using battery operation, the cooling performance is not thermostatically
regulated, i.e. knob (C) is ineffective.
When knob (C) is ineffective or if the temperature is unnecessarily too low:
Turn off unit
- Energy selector switch (A) should be in position '0'.
8. Liquid gas operation
The unit must not be connected to town or natural gas pipelines. It is only
suitable for use with propane/butane gas (e.g. Calor Gas, Camping Gaz,
Caravangas, etc).
The refrigerator is equipped for a specific gas-pressure, corresponding to the
standard pressure of the country in which it is sold. The rating-plate states the
pressure which is correct. It is important that a non adjustable pressureregulator is used to reduce the pressure in the gas cylinder to the operating
pressure specified on the rating-plate, no other pressure may be used.
Needle valve operated gas control taps are NOT suitable for use with this
appliance and must not be used as a substitute for a pressure regulator.
9. Connection of gas supply
(The following instructions refer in the main to coolers manufactured for the
United Kingdom. For other countries please refer to your supplier).
Always connect in the following sequence:
To connect the appliance to the pressure-regulator an APPROVED FLEXIBLE
GAS TUBE must be used. This must not be longer than 1,5 m - and should have
an inside dimension of 8 mm. The flexible gas tube must not be twisted!
The pressure-regulator must be compatible for Butan (28mbar) or for Propane
To connect the pressure-regulator to the gas bottle, the valve of gas bottle must be
closed.After connecting the pressure-regulator to the bottle by screwing,connect
the two ends of the tubing to the nipples and secure them with the two hose clipse.
When fitting the connection to the gas inlet of the appliance, hold counterpart to
avoid straining and possibly damaging.
The gas bottle must only be used in an upright position and particular care must
be taken every time the appliance is connected to the gas bottle to ensure that
there are no leaks, that the gas pipe (rubber hose) is not under tension or
kinked, and that it is not in contact with hot surfaces.
It must be regularly changed if it is determinated in the standard of your country.
The connection pipe and gas bottle should always be located in positions where
they will not be tripped over or otherwise inadvertently disturbed.
Before attempting to light the burner, every time after connection, turn on the gas
at the bottle and check the gas connections for leaks by applying a soap and
water solution over them and watching for bubbles, which would indicate a leak.
After testing dry off traces of detergent.
For your safety
Do not check for leaks with a naked flame!
Do not smoke while checking for leaks!
10. Gas equipment
(Fig. 1.)
This consists of a gas/electric thermostat knob (C) with built-in safety pilot, a
burner with igniter plug and a piezo-gas igniter (D), and a flame indicator
If, for any reason the gas flame extinguishes the ignition control is working
automatically and shuts off gas supply.
11. Igniting the gas burner
(Fig. 5.)
1. Energy selector switch (A) should be in position 'Gas'.
2. Open gas cylinder or pressure regulating valve.
Figure 5
middle position
3. Turn thermostat knob (C) to the MAX position, press and hold down.
4. After approximately 10 seconds press knob (D) several times. (This could
take longer than 10 seconds if the unit has been out of operation for a
prolonged period or after replacing the gas cylinder. Cause: air in the pipes.)
5. After ignition, hold down knob (C) for a further 20-30 seconds before
The flame can be controlled by flame indicator (B). The needle of the
galvanometer passes over into the green section.
6. Should no ignition occur, repeat the ignition process after 1 minute.
7. After sufficient cooling (approximately 5 hours), the thermostat position can
be set to a lower temperature. (Middle position) The thermostat will now
automatically regulate the set temperature.
12. Shutting down gas operation
(Fig. 2,6,7)
Close gas cylinder or pressure regulating valve.
Energy selector switch (A) should be in position '0'
13. Food and drink storage
Foodstuffs and drinks should always be stored sealed in the unit. Thus,
changes in taste and smell are avoided.
Food and drink should be so placed in the cooler so as to allow air to
circulate freely.
Do not place hot food or drinks in the cooler!
Under no circumstances should inflammable liquids and/or gases be
stored in the cooler. Explosion hazard!
14. Defrosting and measures for prolonged
periods of disuse
A build up of too much ice on the evaporator hinders cooling of the unit and thus
reduces effectiveness. Therefore, it is recommended to defrost the mobile
cooler as soon as an approximately 5mm thick layer of ice has formed. This is
done by turning off the unit and removing any food or drink therin. Never use
heated appliances, heaters, etc. to speed up the defrosting process! If
necessary, a cloth dipped in warm water can be placed on the unit to help the
defrosting process. After defrosting, clean up the defrosted water with a clean
cloth and clean the cooler containers as described in chapter 4.
Should the unit be out of operation for a prolonged period, turn off unit and
remove contents. After defrosting, the cooler should be cleaned carefully and
To avoid any unpleasant smells forming in the cooler, the lid should be left
slightly open.
15. Door locking
During transport, the door lock (E), so that the door is kept in a closed and safe
Park position/vent position
16. Reversing the door hang
The direction the door opens can be transfered from one side to the other
by carrying out the following steps:
1. Disconnect at the mains
2. Remove the door lock (E).
3. Remove the hinge bolt from the upper door hinge by screwing it off,
using a screwdriver.
4. Detach the door.
5. Lay the refrigerator down carefully on its back.
6. Remove the hinge bolt from the lower door hinge by screwing it off, using
a wrench nr. 11.
7. Screw the removed lower hinge bolt into the opposite side lower door
8. Position the door on the opposite side hinge bolt.
9. Place the appliance on its feet and screw the removed upper hinge bolt
into the opposite side upper door hinge.
10. Mount the door lock on the opposite side upper door hinge.
17. Measures after prolonged periods of disuse
Should the refrigerator not function correctly after being switched on, place the
unit upside down WITHOUT ANY CONNECTING POWER SUPPLY. After a few
minutes return the refrigerator to its correct position and switch on again.
Should the unit still not fuction correctly, repeat the process several times.
18. Maintenance
Changing the gas filter: the cellulose gas filter is situated at the back in the gas
connection piece. When it becomes necessary to replace the gas filter, remove
the filter from the duct and replace it with a new one. Any other maintenance and
repair works, especially those relating to the cooling aggregate and the gas
burner system, may only be undertaken by authorized customer service points.
19. After-sales service
Warranty arrangements are in accordance with EC Directive 44/19999/CE and the
normal conditions applicable in the country concerned.
For warranty or other servicing, such as spare-parts, please contact our Dometic
Service Network.
The warranty does not cover any damage due to improper use.
The warranty does not cover any modifications to the appliance or the use of nonoriginal Dometic spare-parts.
The warranty does not apply if the installing and operating instructions are not
adhered to.
When contacting Dometic Service Network, please state the model, product number
and serial number. You will find this information on the data plate inside of the
Should a problem arise with the unit, please check the following before contacting
customer service:
- is the unit suitably placed and is it well ventilated?
- is the unit placed on a flat surface?
- does the socket supply current?
- is the connecting cable damaged in any way?
- is there a loose connection?
- has the plug been properly plugged into the socket?
- has the thermostat been correctly adjusted?
- in the case of gas operation, has the thermostat knob (regulator) been pressed
down long enough?
- has the energy selector switch knob been turned to the correct position?
- is the gas cylinder or pressure regulating valve open?
- does the liquid gas cylinder still contain gas? If no liquid movement is evident on
shaking the cylinder, then the gas cylinder is empty.
- have warm foodstuffs been stored in the cooler?
- was a too large a quantity of food or drink stored at any one time? Food and drink
should be so stored as to allow free air circulation. Do not use paper or plastic
plates. Always keep containers for liquids sealed.
When contacting our customer service department, please indicate the unit type,
product number, serial number and type of defect.
We accept responsibility for the perfect condition of the unit, the guarantee being in
accordance with our garantee conditions.
20. Recycling
After unpacking the appliance, the packing materials
should be delivered to a local collection site. At the end of its useful lifetime, the
appliance should be delivered to a specialised collection and reprocessing
firm, which reclaims the usable materials. The rest is properly destroyed.
Appliances bearing this symbol must be deposited at the
designated local reception point for the disposal of electrical
and electronic equipment.
It is not permitted that this product be disposed of by way of the
normal household refuse collection system.
Dometic refrigerators bear this symbol on the specifications
plate (data plate) to be found inside of the refrigerator.
21. Technical Data
Gas operation
Rated thermal loading:
151 W
(133 W)
Min. thermal loading:
143 W
(85 W)
Connected load, gas:
11 g/h
(9,5 g/h)
Connection pressure:
28-30/37 mbar
Climat class:
Electric operation:
220V-240V (mains) 50 Hz:
12V (car battery):
61 Ltr.
357g. H2O + 168g NH3
The refrigeration cycle has been checked for leaks.
22. Environmental protection information
The appliance does not contain any CFCs/HCFCs.
Ammonia (natural hydrogen and nitrogen compound) is used as a refrigerating
agent in the refrigeration unit.
The ozone-friendly cyclopentane is activated as a motive agent for the PU foam
Sodium chromate is used for corrosion protection (less than 2 weight % of the
This appliance complies with the following EEC directives:
Fig 6
Fig 7
Printed by Océ Hungária Kft.
2008. 12. 15.