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Old 06-14-2018, 04:41 PM   #1
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Norcold Freezer Works (kinda) - Fridge does not (at all)

Thanks for taking a peek here and any experience you can share.

Everything worked fine and then a few things happened all at once. We endured a massive windstorm at night. Then, we drove up to 5200 elevation. SOmewhere between the windstorm and the elevation, the fridge stopped cooling.

We have been operating only on gas except for about 2 hours a day on generator.

So far I have disconnected the thermistor and run it at night. It might have been coincidence but I did hear the gas fire up the moment I made the disconnect. However, no improvement.

The freezer is working at 28 degrees on the left side and 40 ish on the right side (which is always warmer than the left). Fridge is ambient - 75 as I write.

My fridge is in a slide and is model 120XAC-IMXX with ica maker (we don't use)

Thanks a bunch for any assistance you can share.

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When I had those same symptoms it was the two fans on the rear of the unit. An electrical spike at an rv repair facility did them in. Replaced the fans and all was well.
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When I had those same symptoms it was the two fans on the rear of the unit. An electrical spike at an rv repair facility did them in. Replaced the fans and all was well.

Thanks Clifftall, I don't see any fans in mine. I've removed the top and bottom access panels. I'll look at the diagrams.
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They’re there ( not visible from the top and bottom access panels ) . You have to pull the unit out to access them.
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Thanks Clifftall, yep I think that's it. They are not coming on. I noticed that since I removed the access panels, the fins in the fridge on the right are trying to cool and they get progressively warmer going to the left. I wonder what zapped them.

Where did you source them?
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If I remember they’re like computer fans.
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COmputer fans would seem to be much cheaper. I'm wondering if the fans are fried or if the thermostat that activates them is the issue or if they just are not getting power.

I guess I'll have to pull the fridge. Tomorrow....

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Will do.

As of this AM, the fridge seems to be cooling, fins are cold. Temp is down to about 49 which also happens to be ambient at the moment. I've never tried to cool the fridge on gas alone. It has operated - well - on gas alone however. I'm told it can take several days.
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thermal switch

Checked the thermal switch for continuity and it seems to be toast BUT in trying to bypass it with a jumper wire, nothing happens.

Is there possibly a fuse of any kind involved with these things?
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Checked the thermal switch for continuity and it seems to be toast BUT in trying to bypass it with a jumper wire, nothing happens.

Is there possibly a fuse of any kind involved with these things?

Fans get DC directly from circuit board...DC Fuse on board


See pgs 21,22,23, ----31 and then wiring diagrams at end
https://www.thetford.com/wp-content/...68C_022707.pdf
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Fans get DC directly from circuit board...DC Fuse on board


See pgs 21,22,23, ----31 and then wiring diagrams at end
https://www.thetford.com/wp-content/...68C_022707.pdf

I was hoping you would chime in Old-Biscuit! Much obliged.

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