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Dometic Servel RGE400 propane gas refrigerators are featured for their long-term reliability. We sell no other brand of LP gas fridge for a very good reason... they are not nearly as dependable!
Servel RGE400 8 cubic foot rated capacity gas refrigerators require no electricity to operate and are often must-have items for off-the-grid sustainable living. When you're generating your own electricity, it's not cost effective to operate large "energy hog" conventional electric kitchen appliances. In order to keep your photovoltaic array and battery collection at a reasonable size, you'll need to buy an all-gas range, a gas hot water heater, and a non-electric refrigerator. Inverters and generators simply can't be run non-stop and expected to last for any length of time. Propane refrigerators use heat to make cold through the natural cooling power of evaporation and condensation. A tiny pilot light heats an ammonia mixture which is permanently sealed inside the service-free cooling coils. The thermostatically controlled flame never shuts off, providing constant cooling unlike electrical compressor refrigerators which cycle off and on. Gas refrigerators are exceptionally durable because the constant cycle of evaporation and condensation is performed without any moving parts, which means no mechanical wear and tear. No compressor motor also means no noise and vibration, just peace and quiet. Servel propane (not available in natural gas operation) gas refrigerators come standard with backup AC electrical operation. A small heating coil does the work of the gas flame when you run out of fuel. Patented "fingers" hold 2-liter bottles and smaller objects in place, yet allow easy removal. The base-mounted control panel contains the gas/electric selector, temperature control, piezo igniter and flame safety valve. Just set the cooling level and the combined electric and gas thermostat maintains it, in style.
Will-Call pick up in person at local warehouse is available on Servel RGE400 in the following cities:
$1380 total cost for will-call pickup in person in Portland, Oregon where no sales tax is required
$1460 (total with tax) will-call in Albuquerque, NM * Denver, CO * Fresno, CA * Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Not all of our warehouses have both Servel colors of white and bisque in stock, so please confirm choice prior to payment.
Directions to the warehouse along with formal purchase order for your pickup in person are emailed following payment.
We offer a 5% cash discount for invoices paid with bank wire transfer, bank cashier check, or US Postal money orders.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with name, address, phone, and color choice (white or bisque) for discounted invoice.
For a delivered price quote... please email email@example.com
with Servel RGE400 color preference (white or bisque), city, state & zip code, and specify residential or business drop site.
When shipping to a '9-5' business address, please be sure to confirm should a fork lift or loading dock be available on site.
Not all of our warehouses have both colors, so please confirm prior to payment.
8 cubic foot total capacity rated refrigerator and freezer
At about 8000 to 8500+ foot elevation, you need a high altitude orifice jet.
This applies to any gas appliance, but is especially true of low volume flames like a gas refrigerator.
The lack of oxygen at altitude can cause the flame to blow out unless the supply of gas is limited by a smaller orifice jet.
Please note that we do not install the orifice - it is sent separate via US Mail.
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GENERAL NOTES ON VENTING PROPANE REFRIGERATOR / FREEZERS
NEVER install ANY gas appliance in an air tight structure or sleeping room. Gas appliances consume air (oxygen) when the burner is operating. When used inside a home, provide a fresh air opening of at least 3 square inches (20mm). The main concern with propane fired appliances is that they might consume all of the oxygen in the room. Given the very small burner on a gas fridge (practically a "pilot light"), this concern is minimal unless the unit is installed in an air tight room. It is recommended that a carbon monoxide detector be installed in the same room as any gas appliance, but note that propane (versus natural gas) appliances generate very little carbon monoxide unless the burner is coated with carbon buildup. An exterior flue may not be required with "vent-less" propane appliances like gas refrigerators, but you may choose to run an insulated 2 inch (minimum) inside diameter vent pipe through the roof. Drafting straight up and out near peak of roof is best practice. Check to see if your local building code dictates direct venting (refresh air intake installed) on any gas appliance, no matter how small the propane burner (Servel is ~1500 Btu).
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Servel® LP gas refrigerators have been a household name in propane refrigeration for many generations.
Known for their reliability, we constantly hear of Servel LP gas refrigerators still purring along decades later.
Continuously produced by Electrolux® of Sweden since 1925, the American manufacturing rights were sold to Whirlpool® in 1956.
Whirpool discontinued production in the 70's and Electrolux reintroduced the Servel to America in 1989.
The Servel gas refrigerator is a true classic, still made in Europe and imported into the United States by Dometic® of Elkhart, Indiana (RV appliance manufacturer).
We do not stock replacement parts, but you can reach Dometic for parts and service at 574-294-2511 and fax: 574-293-9686.
The support given by Dometic is the key to value with Servel, since so many RV service centers in the United States are qualified by Dometic to perform warranty work on a Servel.
Other gas refrigerators originate in South Africa, Brazil, or France, and have very little, if any, customer service here in the United States.
Fully independent operation (no electricity) with gas thermostat and D cell battery operated interior light.
These finely crafted Swedish appliances operate on either propane (~1.8 gallons per week/7.7 pounds) or backup power of 120 volt AC STANDARD FEATURE (325 watts) should you run out of gas.
Please note that there is only ONE size of Servel being imported these days - the Servel Dometic model RGE400 advertised here. One drawback to the Servel LP propane gas refrigerator freezer is the smaller size, but that is also their strength. Smaller propane refrigerators simply function much better. The cooling efficiency, quality of cabinet, longevity and performance of cooling systems on Servels is far superior. Compare 1500 BTU/HR ratings for the Servel against larger units by other manufacturers - some of those 18 cubic footers operate on as little as 1700 BTUs. You simply do not get the same performance with just 13 percent more power. There are a couple of manufacturers out there who actually take the Servel cooling unit and slap it on the back of a conventional refrigerator body. They expect you to believe that a cooling unit designed for an 8 cubic foot Servel refrigerator will cool a 15 or 18 cubic foot unit! It just does not happen... you will be exceptionally lucky to make ice cubes in the freezer and keep constant temperature in the fridge. The end result is extreme stress on the cooling unit (hotter, longer burns) with system failure, much, much sooner than should be expected with a quality unit. There is a good reason Servel only imports one size: it works correctly and dependably. We highly recommend getting two smaller Servels rather than a single larger unit from another manufacturer. Larger gas refrigerators have a much more difficult time functioning optimally - they simply do not remove heat as quickly and efficiently. We have sold other non-electric refrigerators over the years, but keep coming back to the Servel RGE400. We will let other catalog companies offer several brands... when there is only one worth buying.
Servel RGE400 installation manual, parts list, and operational tips and tricks
ALWAYS have a professional plumber install your unit and test for gas leaks
NEVER install ANY gas appliance in an air tight structure or sleeping room.
Gas appliances consume air (oxygen) when the burner is operating.
When used inside a home, provide a fresh air opening of at least 3 square inches (20mm).
The main concern with propane fired appliances is that they might consume all of the oxygen in the room.
Given the very small burner on a gas fridge (practically a "pilot light"), this concern is minimal unless the unit is installed in an air tight room.
It is recommended that a carbon monoxide detector be installed in the same room as any gas appliance, but note that propane (versus natural gas) appliances generate very little carbon monoxide unless the burner is coated with carbon buildup.
An exterior flue may not be required with "vent-less" propane appliances like gas refrigerators, but you may choose to run an insulated 2 inch (minimum) inside diameter vent pipe through the roof.
Drafting straight up and out near peak of roof is best practice.
Check to see if your local building code dictates direct venting (refresh air intake installed) on any gas appliance, no matter how small the propane burner (Servel is ~1500 Btu).
If you are having problems with your gas refrigerator, the following troubleshooting guide, if followed step-by-step BY YOUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE TECHNICIAN, will eliminate possibilities. Should your unit not be cooling properly or having trouble staying lit, the first thing to replace is the regulator with a quality dual-stage adjustable unit as described later here. The next step is to ensure that sediment and moisture have not invaded the gas lines. Metal and particulates can flake off older or improperly installed supply lines, clogging the burner jet. One would notice an erratic or 'dirty' yellow flame with the only answer being to replace the gas line from regulator to shut-off valve at wall feeding the unit. It is possible to try to suck out sediment with a vacuum, but flushing the lines is dangerous and best left to professionals. If the supply is repaired/replaced and unit still does not cool properly, the next thing to check is thermostat placement. Perhaps the probe has worked loose in transit and is not properly seated. If the burner is not staying lit, then chances are the thermocouple has corroded (clean the tip) and/or perhaps not properly seated. As a last resort, one can order replacement thermostat or thermocouple direct from Dometic Servel parts and service locater at 800-544-4881 or the factory direct at 574-294-2511 and fax: 574-293-9686 or their website: DometicUSA.com. The Manufacturer supplies parts and warranty directly for the Servel with part number shown on parts list.
ALWAYS have a licensed professional plumber install your gas appliance, and test for leaks After your professionally licensed plumber has installed your gas appliance and connected the hose assembly (with dual regulator), make sure they apply a mixture of soap and water to all connections. Turn gas supply on (keep control on gas appliance turned off) and observe each connection for bubbles caused by leaks. If a connection is leaking it must be tightened until the leak stops. If a leak cannot be stopped, DO NOT USE. As with any gas appliance, professional installation is required by local building code and recommended by us since we accept absolutely no liability for any problems caused by unlicensed plumber installations. A complete installation and operation manual is included with every appliance and must be read before installing and using. We can not be held responsible for any damage to property or to persons caused by incorrect installation or improper use of any appliance. The manufacturer reserves the right to make changes to its products when considered necessary and useful, without affecting the essential safety and operating characteristics. We are therefore not responsible for any inaccuracies due to printing, transcription, or conversational errors, whether contained in this site, any printed source, or relayed in person.
Functionally, in terms of unit operation, you can transport on the side, if you must. When not possible to transport standing up, we suggest laying unit on the side opposite hinges to relieve stress on the door. Remove all interior door shelves and loose parts to avoid damage. It is especially important to allow unit to sit idle upright for at least 24, if not 48 hours before firing up after transporting on the side. Be extra careful not to damage the cooling coils on the rear of unit. If you see yellow fluid leaking that smells like ammonia, you just pierced the cooling coils - leave the house and then call 911.
Always allow a gas refrigerator to sit idle for at least 24 hours after moving Transporting a gas refrigerator shakes the ammonia mixture in the cooling tubes causing bubbles to appear. After moving into place, be sure to let it sit for at least a day to settle out the bubbles. Vapor lock can occur, if not allowed to settle out, causing the refrigerator to fail to reach lower temperatures. Consult the factory techs at 800-544-4881 if this happens. Typically the unit is "burped" by turning on one side for several hours and then right side up and allowed to settle for several more hours.
A little smoke from the burner is common when first lighting gas appliances There is always a little machining oil left on the burner parts and the flue above from the manufacturing process, so don't be surprised if it burns off with a little smoke when first lit, especially when you do not clean them first. Your installer normally wipes excess oil off burner as part of the installation process after checking burner for gas leaks (as per page 3 of installation manual), but they sometimes do not clean thoroughly. The flue above rarely has excess oil on it, but it could use a good cleaning too, if you wish to avoid a little smoke at first.
Always equip the gas supply tank with a professionally set, adjustable two stage (dual) regulator at 11" water column This is very important to ensure efficient operation as too low or too high of gas pressure can cause appliances to burn oddly. Your home's propane tank should already be equipped with a two stage (dual) regulator (as per local plumbing code). And it helps to upgrade to an adjustable regulator so pressure can be "dialed-in", especially at high altitudes. Disconnect unit from the gas supply piping system during any pressure testing.
Always level your gas refrigerator (front to back and side to side) In the boiler of the cooling unit, ammonia vapor is distilled from ammonia-water mixture and carried to the finned condenser where it liquefies. The liquid flows to the evaporator inside the refrigerator where it creates cold by evaporating into the circulating hydrogen gas. If the evaporator is not level, the liquid may accumulate forming pockets which may impair the gas circulation or block it completely, in which case cooling will stop.
The feet/legs are designed for leveling, not for pushing the fridge back and forth, especially when loaded Gas refrigerators are heavy for their size, so moving only when empty (and gas supply disconnected) is always suggested. To lessen chance of damage to leveling feet, thread them all the way back up into body/frame when moving a gas fridge. We highly suggest permanently installing a set of Teflon coated "furniture sliders" under the refrigerator's feet. Teflon furniture sliders are available at most hardware and Big-Box retailers. These 'friction-less' plastic pads snap right onto the feet, allowing them to slide very easily and not catch on the floor.
Always allow at least minimum clearances for proper operation and safety (6" top, 2" sides & back). Servel states 4 inches top and 1 inch on all sides (16" and 2" for the kerosene burner), but additional air flow is better and makes the units more efficient. The 4 to 6 inch top clearance is critical to proper operation, but the side and rear clearances can be zero to non-combustible materials. The more ventilation around the unit the better, though, and keep the unit out of direct sunlight to reduce energy needs. Never, ever install any gas burning appliance on a carpeted floor or near flammable objects and/or walls. Ideally, the wall behind should be built of fire-proof materials and/or covered with non-flammable metal.
Never install a gas refrigerator designed for residential use in a moving vehicle The Servel RGE400 units are not designed for mobile home, boat or recreational vehicle use. When a gas refrigerator is in motion, say in a vehicle, boat, or trailer, the continuous rolling and pitching movement will not affect the actual cooling operation of the unit, but not being level will. Safety with gas appliances is the main issue and an open flame is simply dangerous in a moving vehicle. Once you reach a stationary point for an extended period, the gas refrigerator must be level and stable for correct operation. Operation on back-up electrical power is the only option when in motion and even then it is not assured.
Never run the electrical power and gas power thermostats at the same time Backup electrical power 110 volt AC operation is STANDARD equipment on the Servel gas fridge. Should you ever run out of gas, it's very handy. Just be certain to never run both heaters at the same time. Serious damage will result to the thermostat and possibly the cooling unit, if you do.
Never try to cool an empty gas fridge as it confounds the thermostat The same advice applies to electrical or gas refrigerators... You should always have something in the freezer and refrigerator compartments for the thermostat to sense the temperature. If you run the unit with an empty freezer (or refrigerator compartment), the thermostat will cycle on more often, using much more fuel. Your gas fridge will reach temperature quicker and maintain it more effectively when you load the freezer and refrigerator with frozen milk jugs full of water.
ANY gas refrigerator's freezer compartment is not designed for quick freezing large quantities of food It is recommended that all foods be pre-frozen before being placed into the freezer compartment. If you need to put unfrozen food into the freezer, add no more than it will freeze within 24 hours (about 2 pounds per cubic foot of freezer space adding up to 5 pounds per 4 hours until freezer is full). Keeping the refrigerator as full as possible (leave air space between packages) helps with cooling as does keeping the unit out of direct sunlight. Defrost freezer should you notice ice build-up on the cooling plates.
Starting in 1990, there was a recall/rebate/disposal alert/offer on Servel gas refrigerators manufactured between 1933 and 1957. Our understanding is the problem was limited to unvented gas appliances. Over a period of time, especially if the refrigerator has not been used recently, the gas burner and flue above can be fouled by carbon buildup, dust, dirt, rust or other obstructions. Any gas refrigerator with an improperly adjusted or partially plugged burner or flue can produce substantial amounts of carbon monoxide due to the burning of this carbon buildup. Therefore the standard installation requirements for fresh/return air supply and not installing unvented gas appliances in sleeping rooms or air tight living areas. Keep your burner and flue clean for best operation.
Shipping and handling for Servel gas refrigerators
Servel gas refrigerators are always in stock at all of our warehouses for shipment within 2-3 days (200 pound crate on a pallet) from Albuquerque, NM * Denver, CO * Fresno, CA * Rancho Cucamonga, CA * Portland, OR. Drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 720-293-1705 with city, state and zip code (business or residential address?) for an invoice or use the shopping cart button above once freight has been quoted. As with any shipment from any distributor, be certain to carefully examine all of the merchandise (not just the outside of shipping box) before signing and accepting delivery. If the unit is damaged and unacceptable, simply refuse shipment and the freight carrier will foot the cost to return and replace after it arrives back at our warehouse. Signing the freight bill of lading is your personal confirmation that the shipment arrived without any physical damage. Damage in transit to Servel is exceptionally rare (they pack well), but always inspect before signing for anything. Unpacking the carton is suggested as the freight company cannot be held responsible for concealed ("hidden") damages found later. If the unit arrives damaged and unacceptable, refuse shipment and it will go back to warehouse and be replaced after it arrives. If a replaceable part is broken or the merchandise is only very slightly cosmetically damaged, you may elect to accept it and pursue an insurance claim against the freight company instead. If you intend to file a freight claim, be sure to note damage on the bill of lading before signing and accepting delivery. Your signature effectively releases the freight company from liability for any hidden damage (anything discovered later) under their shipping insurance. We naturally like to hold the freight company responsible whenever possible. Should the driver refuse to allow you to inspect merchandise, just be sure to note that on the receipt along with any damage to the outside of box(es) on the shipping manifest receipt before signing for the insured shipment and then notify us immediately should there be any hidden damage to merchandise. Authorized returns for refund may be subject up to fifteen percent restocking fee and must be in the original carton in new unused condition, returned freight prepaid to Denver. Actual freight cost for delivery would be deducted from balance due any return for refund. Here's our full Terms of Service Agreement
Dometic Servel manufacturer limited warranty
Merchandise purchased from TheNaturalHome.com (Retailer) is covered only under Manufacturer Warranty and not independently guaranteed by Retailer. Dometic Corporation (Manufacturer) Warranty covers only the First Original Purchaser (Client) for a period of one year from the date of purchase. Warranty applies only to Dometic/Servel refrigerators installed and operated within the continental U.S.A. and Canada. Manufacturer warrants refrigerator and its parts to be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use. Warranty does not cover conditions unrelated to the material or workmanship of the refrigerator. Such unrelated conditions include, but are not limited to: (a) faulty installation or venting and any damage resulting from either; (b) the need for normal maintenance (including the cleaning of the burner jet and flue tube and the adjustment to the gas pressure regulator), and any damage resulting from the failure to provide such maintenance; (c) failure to follow Manufacturer instructions for use of the refrigerator; and (d) any accident to, or misuse of, any part of this refrigerator and any alteration by anyone other than Manufacturer or its authorized representative. In order to obtain the benefits of Warranty, Client must contact Dometic Servel parts and service locater at 800-544-4881 or the factory direct at 574-294-2511 and fax: 574-293-9686 or their website: DometicUSA.com. Manufacturer supplies Warranty and parts directly for the Servel with part number shown on RGE400 parts list. If the Dometic/Servel dealer or service center finds a part defective in material or workmanship and under Warranty, they will repair or replace the part under terms of Manufacturer Warranty without charge. Any part replaced will not be returned to Client and becomes the property of the Dometic/Servel dealer or service center. Manufacturer does not authorize any person or company to create any Warranty obligation or liability on their behalf. In no event shall Manufacturer or Retailer be liable for any incidental or consequential damages. Any implied warranty, including the implied warranty of merchantability and fitness for any purpose, is limited to the duration of this limited warranty. At time of registration, you may choose to purchase an additional four year cooling unit replacement plan for $59.95 (extended warranty on cooling system) from Manufacturer.
Servel RK400 kerosene powered refrigerator is no longer being imported
OUT of STOCK with NO ETA... we are unlikely to restock this item
Professional-duty stainless steel gas burner kitchen range oven tips
We are no longer selling any residential (or commercial) gas oven ranges or low-energy stainless steel electric refrigerators. If your local building department and home mortgage insurance carrier will allow you to install a Commercial Rated kitchen range or fridge, they tend to be a good value. Commercial oven restaurant ranges are built much heavier-duty, with a lighter price tag. Residential Rated gas oven ranges are product tested and liability rated for zero-clearance home kitchen installations. Those testing methods favor a hollow, much lighter framework with more insulation. In any case, even with zero-clearance ratings, best practice for a gas oven is to always box-in around it with fire-proof materials and allow some clearance for air movement.
Here's some general rules-of-thumb to consider when shopping for a professional-duty gas kitchen oven range:
* stainless steel body of 304 or 430 series (or comparable) to prevent rusting and 18 gauge thick minimum
* range stove top should be heavier stainless steel one-piece with no seams to catch debris and moisture
* burner bases need to be truly sealed, preventing liquid spillage from getting underneath your stove top
* burner grates should be full-coverage cast iron of the heaviest weight available, a good 30 pounds total
* piezo electric lighting of burners direct allows complete gas shut off between usings and no pilot lights
* check legs carefully, as they need to be sturdy enough to carry the heavier body weight and work load
* oven interior should be porcelain coated with quality non-porous enamel, heat reactive & easy to clean
* self-cleaning gas ovens are more marketing ploy than function - gas ovens rarely super-heat anymore
* convection fans are a nice upgrade for bakers and oven should be able to attain at least 500 degrees
* check with local appliance repair centers to confirm they have an agreement to service your brand
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