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Old 07-16-2019, 02:09 AM   #1
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Norcold Fridge Won't Run On Electric

Hello Monaco Family,

Currently our Norcold refrigerator will only run on LP, but not on electric/shore power, or generator. Anyone have any ideas, what may be going on?

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Old 07-16-2019, 07:37 AM   #2
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Check for a blown fuse located on the control board accessed from the outside access cover. You may have to move the icemaker solenoid and the 110 outlet to gain access.

It is a 5 amp bus fuse (I think). If it continues to blow it indicates that one or both of the heater elements need replacing. The heater elements are imbedded in the "stack" to the right of the access area.

Had the same problem two years ago and replaced both elements even though only one was bad. They are considered consumables and are not terribly expensive.

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Old 07-16-2019, 11:02 AM   #3
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I agree that it's probably a blown fuse on the control board or a bad heating element. If it's a Norcold 1200 there will be two heating elements. You can disconnect the elements and check them with an ohmeter. I think I remember that they should read about 63 ohms each. Also, with the meter set to a fairly high scale, check for any continuity between the wires and the case of the element. There should not be any reading!
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Old 07-16-2019, 12:31 PM   #4
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YEP----what they said^^^^^^^^^

120VAC via power cord from outlet to lower circuit board (outlet wrks---correct?)

Then from AC terminals on circuit board to/thru AC Glass Fuse
From fuse to AC Heater Elements terminals to element via leads

IF AC Glass fuse blown..unplug AC Heater Element leads from circuit board
Replace Fuse. Select AC (AUTO setting OR AC Manual if you have that)
Voltmeter......check for AC Voltage at AC Element terminals
Good voltage.........then element is bad
NO Voltage.then circuit board is bad
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:13 AM   #5
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Thank You- It Works ...

You guys are the best; you were right, it was the 5 amp fuse (glass fuse) on the circuit board that was the culprit; once I changed that, it works fine on AC and LP now. You all are much smarter than I am on using a multimeter, I have one, but knowing how to set it, and read it, it another story. Thanks again for your assistance with this project.
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