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Old 08-01-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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Norcold fridge...need help

We have a 2005 Winnebago Journey with a 4 door Norcold fridge. I switched it to LP to get it cold for my wife to load it with food. 3 hours later, it's still warm and the metal fins inside the fridge at the back aren't cold at all. The freezer seems to be working properly though. I can hear the burner is on.

So we left for our trip anyway, with no food. We got to our destination and I put the fridge on AC. It's seems to be working(as well as it normally does which isn't all that good). Anyway, does anyone know what is wrong with the fridge? I checked, and I do have nearly 1/2 a tank of propane...so that's not the problem.
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Our refer requires about 18-24 hours overnight to reach 40 degrees. There will be ice in the tray before the fridge gets cool. Works great otherwise.
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Likely not enough time to get cold. I turn on our Norcold 1200 on 1-2 days before loading food for a trip.
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Our refer requires about 18-24 hours overnight to reach 40 degrees. There will be ice in the tray before the fridge gets cool. Works great otherwise.

What Dean said!
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Likely not enough time to get cold. I turn on our Norcold 1200 on 1-2 days before loading food for a trip.
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Likely not enough time to get cold. I turn on our Norcold 1200 on 1-2 days before loading food for a trip.
Ok I hear you...but the fins weren't even cold to the touch after 2 hours on LP. However the freezer was cold.

So you guys think there's really nothing wrong with it, it's just being a normal Norcold? I will say that at our destination it's 95 degrees. So the fridge does have an uphill battle
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Ok I hear you...but the fins weren't even cold to the touch after 2 hours on LP. However the freezer was cold.

So you guys think there's really nothing wrong with it, it's just being a normal Norcold? I will say that at our destination it's 95 degrees. So the fridge does have an uphill battle
Probably just needed a lot more time. In 95* weather if you are in and out of the frig a lot you will be hard pressed to see an interior temp much below 42*.

Check into getting a biscuit 12 v fan to install in the outside cavity pointing upward to aid in the exhaust of hot air and to keep the cooling unit a little cooler. That helped ours some but hot weather and absorption refrigerators don't get along.

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My Norcold in my 2011 RV gets plenty cold in 8 hours and works great. I must have gotten lucky!

I do put a bag of ice in the fridge and another in the freezer to get it started.
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I still think there's something wrong with it. After 2 hours of running, wouldn't the fins be at least cool to the touch?!
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No.

But, you know what its normal operations is, so perhaps there is a problem.
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Deucenut, How long have you owned your coach? Has it taken less time to cool down before? I'm pretty sure your expecting too much especially in hot weather. Maybe the fans on the backside of your fridge are not working.

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Deucenut, How long have you owned your coach? Has it taken less time to cool down before? I'm pretty sure your expecting too much especially in hot weather. Maybe the fans on the backside of your fridge are not working.

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Maybe you're right. It was pretty warm at home too. Where are the fans located? Can I see them from the exterior inspection cover?
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You should be able to hear the fans. Give it some time. It does take a while
for the cold to work it's way down to the fins...
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