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Old 01-06-2016, 01:19 PM   #1
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Norcold Frig.

We have a Norcold frig. that is not working the way it should. It has 4 doors, the freezer is not cold all over, the left side door is colder then the right side. None of it is as cold as should be. When I move the temperature to where it should get colder the things on the top two shelves in the frig. freeze. But the freezer dose not get much colder. Dose anyone have a idea what might be the trubble, and what to do to fix this. It has been this way sence new and seems to be getting worse. Thank you

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Old 01-06-2016, 02:53 PM   #2
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Those symptoms defy the logic of the way the cooling unit works. The freezer always gets priority for cooling. Are you sure the freezer doors are closing properly and the door seals are good? Warmer outside air sneaking in would explain that. So would missing insulation or air flow baffles on the back side (behind the fridge exterior). Sometimes the RV maker gets sloppy and does not install the fridge to Norcold spec and the hot air around the cooling unit seeps around the exterior at the top. This can really warm up the freezer area. If you get a Norcold 1200 or 1210 (the 4-door models) installation manual you can see what Norcold requires for proper operation.

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Old 01-06-2016, 08:27 PM   #4
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I am currently replacing my cooling unit on my Norcold 1210 due to a blockage in the cooling unit, from my research the Norcold absorption first must cool the freezer compartment before it will cool the fridge part. the cooling fins should be between 28 and 34 degrees. I am nor sure if you are using electric or gas to cool yours, however you need to try both. in my case our fridge would not cool on gas or electric for more than about 48 to 72 hrs. If we turned it off for 24 to 48 hrs it would work fine but then it would gradually stop working. If you try both ways and it works on one of them it would be a problem with the one that didn't work either the electric or the gas, and not the cooling unit. If it does not work on electric or gas I would suspect the cooling unit. If the unit has been setting for very long take the vent off the top and look down to see if there are any obstructions, this could also cause it not to work. Good Luck.
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Time to look at res fridge. As so many have said, (and I hate to rub this in) best conversion I have ever done. The Samsung RF18 takes so little power and offers so much more space (and cold beer + ice cream). My DW wondered why I was going through so much trouble to make this switch and now is so happy!

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