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Old 09-07-2018, 06:22 PM   #1
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Norcold Fridge on Timer

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New here, I have a 2 way Norcold absorption fridge in my travel trailer, it is a real power hog and I am looking for ways to cut its requirements.

I have quite a bit of solar and batteries in the rig and generally like to run on AC power rather than gas if I can.

To cut my AC power use I was wondering if I could, without harming the fridge, put a timer in the circuit to cut the fridge off at say 2300 hours till 0600 hours as it doesn't get opened and should stay plenty cold.

My concern is it is going to want to hunt for gas once the AC power goes away, can I just leave it hunting and it will stop trying to light ? Or will it just try and try to light all night ?

Thoughts would be appreciated.
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Replacing it with a residental fridge would be the best answer. They use less then 1/3 the power on AC.

For the one you have, I'm thinking you could put a timer on the 12 volt supply to it. That way it won't look for any power.

As a test get it running on Auto-120 volts, and pull the fuse to the fridge. Then wstch and see what happens. I'm thinking no control, no fridge.
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If the fridge is on and no AC power is available, it will divert to LP gas to maintain the temperature. You'd have to put the timer in the 12v power to the fridge. You'll also have to be sure that the refrigerator will come on to the settings you had before it was disconnected. Have you checked the amperage draw of the heating element? If the fridge is at temperature and not being opened, I wouldn't think it would require that much electricity. The little bit of LP used to maintain the temperature overnight might not be worth the effort.
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Your fridge can run a long long long time on propane.

Why dont you want to run it on propane?
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Guess you are running fridge on AC via an Inverter...hence the 'power hog'
Otherwise if AC is available then wouldn't matter.
Course that all depends on WHICH Model you have also.


If you interrupt the AC Power fridge WILL attempt to swap to GAS and if propane is valved out it with 'fail' and lockout after 3 attempts to light off.

If you interrupt the 12V DC at the DC terminal on backside of fridge (or via Main DC Fuse for fridge) the fridge will NOT function on electric or propane.
DC is required for 'controls'

But if fridge is NOT opened during the nighttime.......AC Power usage should be nil cause fridge only runs when temp in food compartment goes UP
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Norcold frig

I have a Norco fridge having trouble keeping it colder than 42. Took the thermostat unhooked it let it run for eight hours solid and it still didnít come down any temperature does anyone have any suggestions could it be the cooling unit or how to fix it thank you
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I have a Norco fridge having trouble keeping it colder than 42. Took the thermostat unhooked it let it run for eight hours solid and it still didn’t come down any temperature does anyone have any suggestions could it be the cooling unit or how to fix it thank you

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Should start YOUR own thread about your fridge problem AND provide more info


Model
Freezer temp
Food compartment temp
Same result on electric and propane
OK on one but not other
In a slide out or not
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