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Old 09-14-2014, 10:49 PM   #1
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Another NOcold issue

Fired up the fridge today (on 120v) around 2:00pm. It is now 10:30pm and the freezer is getting nice and cold, the food compartment not so much. In fact, not so much at all. The fins in the back are barely cool to the touch.

Its a NORCOLD 120x-IM 12 cf 4-door w/ice maker. I've stopped and restarted, there are no fault codes, just the little green light saying everything is hunky dorey.

I'll give it till tomorrow morning, this is my first go around with this particular fridge, its been sitting for quite a while, and maybe it just takes a damn long time to cool down. But the book says wait at least 2 hours before loading and if it ain't cold in 8 hours call the repair man. It's been 8 1/2 and its not close to cold

I'd rather ask here first, plenty of refer stories and experience in this group. Any tip would be appreciated, we're due to leave Wednesday morning. Can't go without a fridge.

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Make certain the refrigerator is level and I always recommend 24 hours for good stabilized temperatures.
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Good luck with it. We had a 1200 in a 2008 Allegro Bus and had the refrigerator go to 70 degrees and yet the freezer was at 25 or so. The both sets of cooling fins are on the same loop, so go figure. We solved our problems with a 21 cu ft KitchenAid. Never a problem after that.
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Make certain the refrigerator is level and I always recommend 24 hours for good stabilized temperatures.
We're now 22 hours into the cool down and the food compartment is at 40 degrees (2nd rack down, midway to the door). 3 or 4 degrees lower and I'll chalk it up to impatience.

But man, the Norcold in our 96 Endeavor takes like 5 or 6 hours and it's ready to load. It's also half the size, maybe that has something to do with it
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Make certain the refrigerator is level and I always recommend 24 hours for good stabilized temperatures.
+1 on the time. Our 1200 takes overnight to stabilize. The freezer is large and always gets good and cold before the bottom cools. Looks like you started it in the heat of the day so it takes a while to overcome that.
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Our 1200 needs a good full day to get ready. I occasionally forget to fire it up early enough...
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+1 on the time. Our 1200 takes overnight to stabilize. The freezer is large and always gets good and cold before the bottom cools. Looks like you started it in the heat of the day so it takes a while to overcome that.
I put some much more accurate thermometers in there a couple of hours ago and it was between 51 and 53 degrees, top, bottom, middle, not the 40 degrees the el-cheapo temp guage was showing earlier

But your point about starting in the heat of the day is well taken. I'm going on the assumption that it wouldn't be down to 52 degrees while its high 70's inside the coach if it wasn't working. And I'm not helping by opening the door to check or move thermometers or whatever.

Next time we'll be firing it up several days in advance, I never would have imagined it taking a day and a half to cool down enough to load. Like I wrote earlier, my other Norcold is ready in hours. We're leaving Wednesday morning, hopefully it will be cold by then
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If your outside a temperature is high, like over 90. The system will have a hard time cooling. Make sure the coils on the back are getting good air circulation and nothing is blocking the air path to the roof vent.

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My Dometic RV fridge runs great, but takes a good 24 hours to get cold. If you have a gas/electric type, try switching over to gas. You might get it cold much faster. You could then switch back to electric when your happy with the temperature.
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I would add to Chuck's comments. Make sure nothing is obstructing the fridge vent on your roof. The cool air comes in through the bottom vent on the side of your RV, and the hot air escapes through the vent on the roof.


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We have the 4door norcold and it works fine. I usually start it about 24 hours before we plan on leaving. I set it on 9 and put a little battery operated fridge circulation fan( $10 at CW) in the middle shelf right under the cooling fins. It usually cools down enough to put food into the freezer at about 12 hours and the fridge part around 16 hours. When I check mine at about 8 hours it does not seem very cold but changes drastically from there. Once it is cooled down I have to turn the level down to 6 or 7 because it gets too cold. So I think you fridge is working right, maybe just add the fan and wait a little longer.
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Update from the road

we're now 5 days into it. We've been in No. Cal for the last 3 days, much cooler here and its been limping along (set on 9). Lost the cottage cheese a couple of days ago and the milk is going bad quicker than normal. But just this morning DW turned it down to 8, said the (new) milk was getting frosty. Freezer still frozen solid.

I've checked the coil clearance and seems to be fine. Not sure how to check the vent other than the small bit I can see from the roof, but I'll have a peak this morning since we're heading to Morro Bay later today and I need to go up and get the Tailgater Sat dish anyhow.

Thanks for all the tips, I'll update as we go along.
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we're now 5 days into it. We've been in No. Cal for the last 3 days, much cooler here and its been limping along (set on 9). Lost the cottage cheese a couple of days ago and the milk is going bad quicker than normal. But just this morning DW turned it down to 8, said the (new) milk was getting frosty. Freezer still frozen solid.

I've checked the coil clearance and seems to be fine. Not sure how to check the vent other than the small bit I can see from the roof, but I'll have a peak this morning since we're heading to Morro Bay later today and I need to go up and get the Tailgater Sat dish anyhow.

Thanks for all the tips, I'll update as we go along.
Hmmm this is trouble sum indeed. Perhaps you can check your gps or google to find a Norcold dealer or service center along your route. They are sometimes willing to take a look at the fridge free of charge. Maybe they can diagnose the problem. If the fridge is still under warranty, they'll sometimes do the reinstall for free.


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Two suggestions: IF there are no fans, then add at lest 2, one inside, either blowing up from the bottom of down from the top.

And one outside, blowing up through the flu (or sucking from the top)

Suggestion two (Do this first) Full routine maintenance run, (Clean and such) .
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