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Old 10-01-2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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Refrigerator stops cooling during the winter

I'm "full-timing" part time as I work out of town and live in my Winnebago during the workweek, so my refrigerator is in use year-round right now.

During the heat of the summer my Norcold cools very well on both gas and electric. During the winter months I frequently find food in the freezer has thawed and that the cooling fins in the refrigerator have lost the thin layer of frost I'm used to seeing. The refrigerator doesn't seem to get really warm, but the ambient temperature isn't especially high either. There doesn't seem to be a pattern to it.

I have a 35J. The refrigerator shares cabinetry with the stove, sink, water heater and furnace. The only thing I can come up with is that the furnace is warming everything up or fooling a sensor somewhere in the refrigerator. Or maybe the refrigerator just doesn't respond correctly to cold weather.

I'd like to take a crack at figuring it out before the cold weather starts this year. Any ideas?

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Old 10-01-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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We have a neighbor (stick house) that is a big game hunter ... he used to have his freezer in his garage ... it worked fine in the summer time ... but in the winter time it would not keep his game frozen solid ...

He called a repairman ... he was told that the cold temperatures kept the coils on the back from operating correctly ... something about the refrigerant needs the temperatures above some threshold in order to do the compression / expansion / cooling / heating thing going.

I assume the same applies to the coils on the backs of our frigs ...

He has moved his freezer to his basement.
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