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Old 04-28-2014, 09:21 AM   #1
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New HAIER Refrigerator A Perfect Fit

It's like this unit was made for the opening. No modifications at all. Just fit right in. I used two lag bolts to secure the bottom rear and will make a couple thin metal Z brackets for the front top that will go behind the header board and screw into the front of the refer cabinet with countersunk screws on each side so as not to prevent the freezer gasket from sealing.

Made ice cubes in almost no time. This is the 10 cu. ft. model in stainless. Cost shipped from Lowe's $437. Very happy camper...


Looks like there may have been some kind of fire with the Norcold. Not sure.

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amazing a perfect fit, economical and looking good. haier makes good ridges/coolers. enjoy it.
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We replaced old unit with one of these after my original unit sprang an ammonia leak, it works great, fit in the same place, & I have more room. Love it
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I like that, looks great. Looks like it would be a perfect fit for my 2 door Dometic. Thanks for detailed pictures of the installation. This is a project on my list. The old Dometic still works OK but it takes so long to get up to the cooling and freezing temps. WE are on a 2 week trip and after about 2 1/2 days the fridge section is finally up to the correct cooling temps. The freezer only took about a day.

Enjoy cold drinks, ice and frozen Ice Cream.
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This unit replaces the single door Norcold. It's only 23.75" wide...FYI
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Fridge looks great. Am I correct this will only run on electric so you lose the propane option?
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Yes, A/C only. The LP and ice maker water lines were capped off, as you can see in one of the pictures. No longer needed.
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This unit replaces the single door Norcold. It's only 23.75" wide...FYI

Yup ... I did the same but with a Summit reefer. Couldn't be happier.
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Must be careful when drilling into a cabinet as tge coils often are located just under the skin on many.

You were lucky.
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Must be careful when drilling into a cabinet as tge coils often are located just under the skin on many.

You were lucky.
Have yet to drill the two holes at the front top face of the freezer case for the brackets. I would be using about a 1/2" screw. Is there a risk at that depth?
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It's like this unit was made for the opening. No modifications at all. Just fit right in. I used two lag bolts to secure the bottom rear and will make a couple thin metal Z brackets for the front top that will go behind the header board and screw into the front of the refer cabinet with countersunk screws on each side so as not to prevent the freezer gasket from sealing.

Made ice cubes in almost no time. This is the 10 cu. ft. model in stainless. Cost shipped from Lowe's $437. Very happy camper...


Looks like there may have been some kind of fire with the Norcold. Not sure.

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What I did for the top (your pic #6) is:

I screwed (to the fascia board) a short 1 X 3 behind the front trim board that just rests on top of the reefer. No screws in reefer. Since you have the rear of the reefer lagged down, the block prevents the reefer from moving up at the front.
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That is a good idea.

However, after some thought, I think I may make and L bracket that is the width of the header opening.

This L bracket would have the bottom of the L facing towards the inside of the opening with a double faced thin strip of tape to stick the bracket to the top of the refer case.

The vertical part of the L bracket would cover about 1" of the header with two holes drilled to match what the Norcold had to fasten the L bracket to the header.

I would paint the bracket to match the color of the white oak finish. Or, I could mount the bracket to a white oak finish trim piece to make it fancy.

In any case, I think I now have the final plan to fasten the top front of the unit.

Thanks for all the tips and comments.

Surprised nobody commented on the insulation burning picture. That really confirmed to me that replacing the Norcold amonia boiler operated system was a solid safety factor decision...
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OP - Which model fridge did you replace and which model is the new one? Thanks.
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HAIER 10.3-cu ft Top-Freezer Refrigerator (Stainless Steel)

Item #: 150646 Model #: HA10TG20SS

Replaced the Norcold model N8411M
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