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Old 07-29-2016, 05:36 PM   #1
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I have a 2006 Winnebago Voyage 39' with a Norcold 4 door refrig with ice maker. Outside temp is 100 degree and high humidity. My refrig will only cool to 40 to 45 degree, doesn't matter if its on LP or 120v. Cooling motor is running. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Sam

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First thing is to make sure the south and west sun are not on the sie with the frig.

Next is more air in the outside section. Add another 12 VDC fan to push more air. Next add a small 12 volt fan inside the frig. Other than these items, assuming it is cooling as considered normal, you cannot expect a lot from a No-cold frig.


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We ended up having to replace cooling unit. We also got a solar powered fan on roof with fan behind frig. And put a portable small fan in frig. Have had good luck so far
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Old 07-29-2016, 06:30 PM   #4
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If mounted in a slide, there is no place for the heat to get out.
Add more air-flow by fan at the bottom or, better yet
fans at the top blowing the heat out will help a lot.
My Norcold 1200 does fine even in the 100's, but I have
retro-fitted four fans at the top exhausting the heat.
Norcold specifically does not suggest slide mounting.
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Originally Posted by gagolfer View Post

I have a 2006 Winnebago Voyage 39' with a Norcold 4 door refrig with ice maker. Outside temp is 100 degree and high humidity. My refrig will only cool to 40 to 45 degree, doesn't matter if its on LP or 120v. Cooling motor is running. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Sam
Welcome to the NotSoCold Club.

Been there and done that!

You will most likely have to throw a bunch of money at the fridge in a useless attempt to make the fridge perform better. I did and eventually regretted every dollar and all the time I put into the worthless POC.

I cannot offer you any reasonable magical fixes that will make it run better. because there aren't any.

All I can say is that mine is long gone and I now have a "real" refrigerator.

Good luck!

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I think 40-45 is about all it can do in those temps, especially if in the full sun on the fridge side. And doubly so if the fridge is in a slide. You can help it along with the air flow improvements that others have suggested and maybe gain a few degrees.
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Sam, I would add additional airflow through the coils outside. I had a similar problem and that solved mine. Below is the thread detailing my experiments. Look at posts # 25, 43, and 44.

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Old 07-30-2016, 12:54 PM   #8
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Ours remains cold no matter what the outside temperature is. We only use one of the battery operated fans inside the fridge to better circulate the air. Our normal freezer temp is around 0 degrees and the fridge temp is usually between 34-37 degrees depending on how much food is in it and how often it is being open/closed. Is this a new problem and it worked better before. If so before you give up and run out and spend a lot of money on the advice of some of the Norcold haters, I would try and see if your thermistor was moved somehow, or like MSHappyCampers said in another thread was to soak the burner Tube/orifice in 91% alcohol and that may help. I am always surprised when people refer to it as the NoCold refrigerator, maybe we just got lucky but we have had two of them so far, and one dometic. So far the one that lasted the longest was a Norcold that worked great for the 15 years we owned it.
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I have had some issues with my Norcold 1210 but got some help from Norcold Guy (Norcold Parts | Norcold RV Refrigerators and Parts For Sale!). Last summer I couldn't get the refrigerator section below 50. Fans were working all the time. I did eventually get it working well but it took some more baffles made of sheet metal. I had to install some curved baffles to help direct air flow out of the upper vent because I have a double side wall vent setup. Am currently in mid 90's temps and my refrigerator stays around 35F. The fact that your refrigerator is cooling and just not as cold as it should be would make me think that is isn't a cooling unit problem. If you just can't get it to cool better, contact the company I used. They're professional and know these refrigerators really well. Ask for Bryan.

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Old 08-07-2016, 11:28 AM   #10
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Take that small fridge fan (mine is a Camco) and put it right on the top shelf pointing right at the cooling fins...maybe only and inch or so away. My temps went from the high 30's to the high 20's in a couple of hours. Also when you use this method upon first turning on the fridge, it will reduce cool down times by at least 50%. No expensive fixes needed. Try it.
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Had a similar issue with our Norcold 4 door. That, combined with the risk of fire, recalls, etc - I ended up changing out the cooling unit. Bought it on ebay for $1075. It's the Amish built one. Direct replacement, everything lines up and fits good. Did the labor myself. One of the best upgrades we have done, it will freeze bottled water on setting 6 of 9 and that's in 90 plus Florida weather. Suggest this upgrade if the budget allows. Other option would be the residential switch which in my case one side of the windshield would need to be removed to get the fridge in where the cooling unit I replaced I did it in the coach.

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