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Whiskey River

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Posted: 05/28/20 08:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone know how to turn this fridge off...
Got a new rig and it has this fridge in it. Its a "home" model type and does not have gas & electric. Only electric.
The instruction book says on page 29, if the fridge is in cooling "off" mode, to turn it on press power freeze & freezer buttons at the same time. It says the off mode is for store display & not for customer use. I assume in off mode, the light works for store display but no compressor & fan.
Then on page 30 a note says "If you plan to go away for a long time, empty fridge and turn it off.
Its in a slide, so can not get to the back to unplug it. As soon as you plug in the 5er it starts the fridge to cool. If you do not plug in the rig, and just turn on the battery switch, it has an Inverter, so the fridge starts and runs on the battery till its dead.
I just want to be able to plug in the rig to work on it or do a few things for a day or so and not have the fridge come on and run with nothing in it.
I have a cooler for beer & beverages for my "work days"......

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Posted: 05/28/20 08:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure but does pressing power freeze and freezer buttons again turn it off?


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Posted: 05/28/20 08:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just looked through and searched the manual (PDF) for ours. I can't find a way to completely power it down without unplugging it or turning off the breaker. I would just flip the breaker for it.

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I think I found it on the Samsung website. Apparently there is no "off" all you can do is put the fridge in demo mode which turns off the cooling but lets the interior lights still work.
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"Have a long trip planned and an empty refrigerator? Don't want the hassle of having to unplug your fridge? Turn on Cooling Off mode (aka Demo mode) on your refrigerator. This disables the cooling system in your refrigerator, freezer, and ice maker. This will save energy when you're away on your trip.

Caution: This mode is not for storing food. Any food stored in the refrigerator will spoil if Cooling Off mode is left on for an extended period.



Turn Cooling Off mode on or off on your refrigerator

Whether you want to enable or disable Cooling Off (Demo), the steps are the same. When Cooling Off mode is on, the panel will display "OF OF" or "O FF."

The buttons for activating Cooling Off mode will be labeled differently depending on which Samsung refrigerator you have, but the location of the buttons is always the same.

Touch and hold Button 1 and Button 2 at the same time until you hear a chime.
Refrigerator panel showing the step to turn on Cooling mode.

If you are disabling Cooling Off mode, "O FF" (or "OF OF") will disappear in a few seconds, and your fridge will start cooling again. On the other hand, if you're turning the feature on, "O FF" (or "OF OF") will appear, and the fridge compartments will stop cooling. If the display does not change, continue to the next step.



Touch and hold Button 1, Button 2, and Button 4 at the same time until you hear a chime.
Refrigerator panel showing the step to turn off Cooling mode.

"O FF" (or "OF OF") will disappear in a few seconds if you are turning the feature off, and your fridge will start cooling again. If you are turning the feature on, "O FF" (or "OF OF") will appear, and the fridge compartments will stop cooling.

Note: These steps cover the most common models. Since the steps for turn Cooling Off mode on or off are the same, you can see our troubleshooting article for steps for additional models."

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Posted: 05/28/20 10:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Likely it is on a unique breaker in the RV 120 VAC breaker box. Just turn off the breaker.


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OK thanks all. I will try what opnspaces posted from the Samsung website. I tried flipping the circuit breaker to the fridge, but that did not work. Don't know how the wiring works, but the invertor sent power to the fridge and it kept working. Its wired someway that the fridge works while driving down the road. The tow vehicle keeps the battery charged and the invertor keeps power to the fridge. I assume to make that stop, I need flip the circuit breaker to the Invertor and then pull the 15 or 20 amp fuse to the invertor. To complicated. I just want to shut off the fridge and still have power in the rig...

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opnspaces is correct. We have an RF18, installed locally. No specific breaker. We added it to an already existing inverted plug. There is no off. We installed one of THESE. Only draw back is that if it goes off, it will not come back on unless we turn it back on. Not a big issue most of the time, though.

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The inverter should have an on/off switch on it or a remote on/off switch. You may or may not need to flip the breaker in the load center in addition to turning the inverter off. What model of RV? Our Hemisphere has the inverter installed in the "outside" compartment (really just under the bed). It has a button on it to turn switch it on and off. When its on, it will automatically switch between 120V AC when it is available and providing inverter power from the battery when it loses AC.


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AllegroD that wireless remote control does work good. I had a Dometic RM1350 in a slide in my last 5er and the heat build up in the back was bad. I used that exact same remote to turn on and off a fan I installed in the back to help move the hot air out. The fridge had 2 small computer size fans in the back but were not enough. If I could get to the back and plug of this RF18 I would probably try it, but its in a tight slide and a heavy fridge that sits up in the slide, so would need 4 or 5 weight lifters or some type of crane to get it out. And you would have to get it all the way out to get to the plug.
happytorv,the inverter is behind a wall in the basement of the 5er. Its a 2020 grand design Solitude. I took the wall down, 4 wood screws a couple weeks ago to see what all's back there. Real mess of wires, cable, piping and the hot water tank, along with the converter & inverter. The inverter probably has an on/off switch but I didn't notice when I was into it. Wasn't looking to turn off the fridge at that time.
I will try the push button thing from the Samsung web site. If it works ok, if not then I will just let it run...
Thanks for suggestion's…..

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Whiskey River wrote:

OK thanks all. I will try what opnspaces posted from the Samsung website. I tried flipping the circuit breaker to the fridge, but that did not work. Don't know how the wiring works, but the invertor sent power to the fridge and it kept working. Its wired someway that the fridge works while driving down the road. The tow vehicle keeps the battery charged and the invertor keeps power to the fridge. I assume to make that stop, I need flip the circuit breaker to the Invertor and then pull the 15 or 20 amp fuse to the invertor. To complicated. I just want to shut off the fridge and still have power in the rig...

Interesting about the inverter. Turning the breaker off should kill the refer weather the inverter is on or off. Maybe check that the refer breaker actually controls it. Wouldn't be the first time the factory monkey screwed something up. How about just unplugging it if the plug is accessible?

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