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Old 09-15-2019, 06:00 PM   #1
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Norcold Fridge - Not as Cold :)

Hi guys!

I'm probably one of the only people here that actually likes my Norcold fridge

I've been full-timing for ~2 years now and I'm finding that I have to set it at 9 to keep the freezer section truly frozen. The normal fridge part has been OK.

The fridge is from 2000 - would I be right to assume that the cooling unit is probably getting to the point where it needs to be replaced?

I've had my eye on one of those Amish helium units for some time knowing that Norcolds tend to burn units down.

Mine is a 1200 LRIM. I defrosted the freezer the other day. I guess I'm just wondering if I've missed any basics that would keep it going for a while longer. It runs 100% on A/C right now. The two cooling fans do work but it's too cold outside right now for them to run.
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Mine got to the point where I had to keep it on 9, and then the refrigerator temperature won't go lower then 45 and freezer no lower than 20. So the other day I bit the bullet and replaced it. Only we went with a Frigidaire 20.4 cubic foot residential.

But what I wanted to say was how shocked I was at all of the burnt charcoaled wood I found behond the old Norcold! There was a thin plywood deflector at the top that has a softball sized hole burnt right through it, and other wood blackened.

So if you do replace yours be careful and investigate all possible options for the safest one!

Best of luck, and let us know what you do.
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Thank you for the advice! I suspect the smart thing to do would probably to remove it and look behind there to see for myself. I unplugged the LPG solenoid so that it can't go to LPG thinking that's how they all burn down. You've piqued my curiosity!
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I am no pro....yet.... Lol... but I think the units catch fire due to the coolant system corroding and failing whether running on electric or propane.
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I am no pro....yet.... Lol... but I think the units catch fire due to the coolant system corroding and failing whether running on electric or propane.
Understood. My thinking was that they catch fire when running on propane due to their being a big flame right there. I know the coolant used in the cooling unit is flammable so my theory is, high pressure flammable coolant spraying out onto exposed flame = fire. This is why I disconnected the LPG solenoid. I'm thinking if the cooling unit leaked and sprayed out fluid there is no exposed flame to ignite it.

But...I am still wondering if there's anything else I can do to make it better (some kind of maintenance) prior to ordering up a Helium amish unit. Still, a 20 year run, I think, is pretty good for the stock unit.
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Understood. My thinking was that they catch fire when running on propane due to their being a big flame right there. I know the coolant used in the cooling unit is flammable so my theory is, high pressure flammable coolant spraying out onto exposed flame = fire. This is why I disconnected the LPG solenoid. I'm thinking if the cooling unit leaked and sprayed out fluid there is no exposed flame to ignite it.

But...I am still wondering if there's anything else I can do to make it better (some kind of maintenance) prior to ordering up a Helium amish unit. Still, a 20 year run, I think, is pretty good for the stock unit.
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I am no pro....yet.... Lol... but I think the units catch fire due to the coolant system corroding and failing whether running on electric or propane.
Yes this all started when the cooling unit manufacturer was forced to change the way they preped and painted the cooling units. The new paint had to be water based. Per the EPA. Well we all know that the water base paint sucks as a rust inhibitor. And that is when the problems started.
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Yes this all started when the cooling unit manufacturer was forced to change the way they preped and painted the cooling units. The new paint had to be water based. Per the EPA. Well we all know that the water base paint sucks as a rust inhibitor. And that is when the problems started.
they corrode from the inside.
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