Dometic Warranty Service | Restore Factory Settings | ARP Control | Troubleshoot

This page is for Dometic warranty service and the restore factory settings to bypass the Fridge Defend if troubleshooting of your fridge is necessary.

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The following discussion is divided up into the two different types ARP or Fridge Defend Controllers as follows: The v1.0 and v1.1 are in the first section, all controls to the present are in the next section. Finally, why bypass our control is in the last section. It is that sad truth that many technicians are not well trained in diagnostics, therefore anything they do not understand the accuse of being the problem, thus take our controller out of the system so these technicians cannot come up with any excuses! any. Because no one can prevent you from looking out for your own safety do not bypass any factory recalls, and install the Fridge Defend -- we love the USA!

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How to Restore Factory Settings for Troubleshooting ARP v1.x Control

At times it may be necessary to restore factory settings for your fridge for troubleshooting or repair. The fridge can be returned to the same condition as the fridge came from the factory for Dometic factory settings by simply by bypassing the Fridge Defend.

The image above is the ARP relay showing the wires to disconnect from the relay, in addition the jumper wire that can replace the relay to bypass the controller. If the Fridge Defend by ARP has been installed correctly, simply remove both of the following wires from the relay and jumper them. It is optional to use a fuse because most RVs have fuse protection, this fuse is handy and adds a level of safety.

1. 12VDC power wire that goes to relay terminal 30.

2. Wire on terminal 87a from the relay to fridge.

A jumper wire between the two wires that were removed will fully by pass the ARP relay.

These steps are given here so that one can check both the ARP Control function and the refrigerator.

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How to Restore Factory Settings for Troubleshooting ARP v2.x Control

The v2.x control makes it supper easy to restore your fridge to its factory settings. Just unplug the red 12VDC-IN wire that sends power to the Fridge Defend Control. Next unplug the control +12IN yellow wire sending power to your factory safety devices or fridge control. Restore power to your fridge by connection of RV Power 12VDC-IN to factory +12IN that would ordinarily power your fridge.

Boom -- Restoration Complete!

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Benefits of Restoration of Factory Settings

Our philosophy is simple; we want you to be happy campers! Anything that would slow down your fun is just not acceptable to either our customers or us! We will list two benefits to bypassing the wiring:

By bypassing the Fridge Defend, you can immediately determine if the controls is causing some kind of problem that results in your fridge not running. Yes, it is just this simple to troubleshoot the Fridge Defend control before you contact us for technical support. Please note, ARPC LLC will never advise or recommend the removal or the bypass of any factory recall devices.

We are Proud to Live in the USA!

Warrantors cannot require that only branded parts be used with the product in order to retain the warranty. But, if an authorized factory service center refuses to work on your product, and the non-branded parts have been bypassed to factory settings, they are making your day unnecessarily unhappy.

The Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act (P.L. 93-637) is a United States federal law, (15 U.S.C. § 2301 et seq.). Enacted in 1975, it is the federal statute that governs warranties on consumer products. The Act was sponsored by Senator Warren G. Magnuson of Washington and U.S. Representative John E. Moss of California, both Democrats, as well as Senator Frank Moss of Utah, who co-sponsored it with Magnuson.

Only in the USA can you buy a product like the ARP Control which will help protect your fridge investment, and be protected by law from unscrupulous venders.

For further reading please see: Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act (P.L. 93-637) .