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Old 07-30-2010, 09:51 PM   #15
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Hi Deerhunter
This is from Norcold. They have investigated this and concluded that the culprit
is the cooling unit failure resulting in leakage of coolant and catching fire.
My refrigerator was under recall (got it done) and i was advised by Norcold not
to use the unit at all and absolutely avoid the electric mode. I used it under propane
only mode for over a year before i got mine fixed.
This makes sense as propane based refrigerators has been around for many decades
and the fire issues have blown out of proportion lately due to ref coolant catching fire.
I guess cutting costs is part of the reason.
If you do search on various forums you will find the same info
I was about to change to an electric ref when i learned this, and i shelf that project
for now and use the Norcold until it dies someday. I have a 3kW inverter with 8 GC batteries
so i am setup for such a change if i need to.
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i was advised by Norcold not to use the unit at all and absolutely avoid the electric mode. I used it under propane only mode for over a year before i got mine fixed.
Caymann, I think you said it backwards. There is no flame in the electric mode. And the chances of leaking refrigerant being ignited is minimized. In the propane mode there is a flame and the chances for ignition of leaking refrigerant are maximized.
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Caymann, I think you said it backwards. There is no flame in the electric mode. And the chances of leaking refrigerant being ignited is minimized. In the propane mode there is a flame and the chances for ignition of leaking refrigerant are maximized.
That's my understanding, too. Flame is in the Lp mode and not the electric. I had my unit fixed as soon as I received the recall notice. Only thing I remember about the instructions was not to use the refrigerator until the recall was taken care of.
Since I use my coach often, I called my favorite service center for an appointment, when the parts were rec'd, my recall was done the same day.

I'm still planning on using the inverter to run the fridge while driving. When camping without electric, I'll use the propane.
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I had to replace my OE inverter about a year ago. I replaced it with a Xantrex 2000 watt unit. The tech that installed it also rebuilt damaged electronics including inverters. I posed the question of running the refer via the inverter. His answer was as long as the engine was running it would do fine. But as other posters have cautioned if the engine is off then it will pretty quickly deplete your batteries
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Refrigerator Fire : electric mode

Apparently, the mode doesn't matter - electric or propane, you have a fire if there is a cooling unit leak. I am sure there are other examples if you do a search.

My current strategy> If i am stepping out of the coach for sometime (even if that is a walk around the campground), i turn OFF the refrigerator completely. I have installed fans inside the refrigerator for proper cold air circulation. So far , this works pretty well.

My near future strategy> Add a fire alarm and extinguisher unit that pops at 155F right above the flue. So if there is a fire, the extinguisher will help and alarm will scream, not saying this is the answer. But it will buy me time to get out of the coach and save lives (specially when i am sleeping)

The best strategy> When 1200 dies (which it will someday), replace with all electric refrigerator.
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Refrigerator Fire : electric mode

Apparently, the mode doesn't matter - electric or propane, you have a fire if there is a cooling unit leak. I am sure there are other examples if you do a search.

My current strategy> If i am stepping out of the coach for sometime (even if that is a walk around the campground), i turn OFF the refrigerator completely. I have installed fans inside the refrigerator for proper cold air circulation. So far , this works pretty well.

My near future strategy> Add a fire alarm and extinguisher unit that pops at 155F right above the flue. So if there is a fire, the extinguisher will help and alarm will scream, not saying this is the answer. But it will buy me time to get out of the coach and save lives (specially when i am sleeping)

The best strategy> When 1200 dies (which it will someday), replace with all electric refrigerator.
Very good strategic plan. Thanks very much.
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