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Old 06-23-2020, 07:38 PM   #1
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New Norcold Refrigerator Warming

Just purchased a brand new 2019 260RLS with a Norcold N8XC refrigerator. It's been plugged in for a week and worked ok. It's on maximum. Today it has warmed 25 degrees and still warming. Switched from auto (power) to propane and no change. RV is level. Any ideas?
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Old 06-23-2020, 07:59 PM   #2
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Have you pulled the cover off to see if the stack is hot or looked at your pilot light when on propane?
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Old 06-23-2020, 08:03 PM   #3
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Yes. All working there. Are the black tubes and tank supposed to be hot?
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Old 06-23-2020, 08:31 PM   #4
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Yes your absorber coils should be hot, to scrub off the heat.

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That being said, it’s new. I wouldn’t spend a bunch of time on it, just make sure it’s not anything silly. Warranty.. it’s sucks but...
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Old 06-24-2020, 05:46 AM   #5
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Unless it simply went into its defrost cycle?
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Old 06-24-2020, 05:59 AM   #6
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I have a 2020 Glacier Peak with that same norcold model, and have that same thing happening. I've called dealer, who called ORV, who advised we try the unplugging of thermistor, which got it working. We are having the issue every trip, and sometimes during a trip and it constantly working. ORV told me to take it to any authorized norcold service tech, which won't happened for a month.
When I called another local shop, who couldn't get me in for two months, he said he had just replaced the circuit board in one that morning.
Norcold better figure this out soon, they must be shipping boards out like crazy.
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Old 06-24-2020, 10:00 AM   #7
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Update. Overnight, on gas, the fridge cooled to where it should be. Switched it to electricity to see if it does it again...
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Picking up our new 21RWS tomorrow. I'm gonna be really mad if I get one of those lemons! Sounds like an unbelievably high percentage are bad! This ain't rocket science although it might be for Norcold.
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With any brand of absorption refrigerator, getting warm, the first thing is to remove the cover and put a fan in it blowing air up, out the vent. If that changes things, think about adding 12v computer fans to the exhaust cap.

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Old 06-25-2020, 07:56 PM   #10
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Weíve pretty much narrowed it down to the hot temps in late afternoon. Itís running fine in the morning, and at noon but after work when itís 96 degrees, and direct sun hitting the outside of the fridge it warms up 25 degrees. Have an appointment on the 6th to have it looked at. We traded a 2011 that never had a problem. pretty bummed about this.
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When it's hot outside, your refer will thank you if you can park so the outside is on the north side. It works much better when it's in the shade. If you can't keep it naturally shaded, put your awning out if weather permits. This easily makes a 20* difference as temps approach triple digits.
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Picked up our new ORV yesterday. Plugged into the house this afternoon and the Norcold showed that all was well but nothing was happening. The freezer cooled down very well but the reefer was barely less than the ambient temp. Granted that side was facing south and mostly unshaded. As soon as that side went into shade it started cooling and now it is doing well. Lesson learned -
shade is mandatory! We can go on our first trip in the morning breathing easier!
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Is it in a slide? If so, you need more fans. In my last rig I tied fans into the power behind the refrigerator and installed two fans on the top exhaust vent to help pull the hot air out of the space behind the refrigerator.

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Yes, our previous trailer did not have a roof vent for the frig, just a side top vent and it struggled in the heat. Never got around to adding fans; but did improve the flow-thru by adjusting the ducting and removing the plastic grill when it got really hot.
Perhaps the OP's frig was poorly installed with something blocking the air flow?
Current frig works fine except when on an extreme sideways tilt. Got an ARP to help protect it with that.
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