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Old 08-06-2014, 11:21 AM   #1
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Norcold insulation question

OK, I have the dreaded NotCold system in a 1200 series (4-dr) Norcold that is a 2004-2005 model. My main issue is lack of cooling when driving (ambient in the 90's). I installed four muffin fans in the stack (on top) and that helped (inside temp reached 52). Having read many (many) threads on this subject, I conclude that I probably have insulation separation. Now, where is this likely to be found and how do I get there? Fridge have to be pulled out?

Data point: when parked in 95-degree temp, fridge reaches around 32-degrees overnight. Will hold temp until I start driving again. Operating on AC exclusively.

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Old 08-06-2014, 09:46 PM   #2
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The biggest issue with any reefer is airflow on the rear coils. It sounds like your not getting airflow when driving so the fridge does not cool well. here are a couple drawings from the 1200 install manual. note that they want the coils up to the wall or a baffle put in to force all the air thru the coils not around them. Usually to fix this we pull the fridge and build a back wall baffle which must extend from the lower coils to the upper coils leaving room to service the unit at the bottom. As you can see in the drawings the baffle starts 17in up from the floor and extends to the top set of fins. This forces all the air thru the fins and makes it actually work correctly. Thousands of people complain about Norcold and Dometic when the blame is with the coach builder for improper install to begin with.
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