20 Most Recent Thetford Norcold RV Cooler/Freezer - Page 4 Questions & Answers


If your freezer is not cooling, i will suggest you check the defrost thermostat. To test the defrost thermostat, please follow the steps below:
  1. Locate your refrigerator's defrost thermostat. In freezer-on-top models, it may be located under the floor of the unit, or it could be found at the back of the freezer. If you have a side-by-side refrigerator, the defrost thermostat is found at the back of the freezer side. The thermostat is wired in series with the defrost heater, and when the thermostat opens, the heater shuts off. You will have to remove any objects that are in your way such as the contents of the freezer, freezer shelves, icemaker parts, and the inside rear, back, or bottom panel.
  2. The panel you need to remove may be held in place with either retainer clips or screws. Remove the screws or use a screwdriver to release the clips holding the panel in place. Some older refrigerators may require that you remove a plastic molding before you can gain access to the freezer floor. Exercise caution when removing the molding, as it does break fairly easily. You could try warming it with a warm, wet towel first.
  3. There are two wires leading from the thermostat. They are attached to terminals with slip-on connectors. Gently pull on the connectors to release the wires from the terminals. You may need to use needle nosed pliers to help you. Do not pull on the wires themselves.
  4. Proceed to remove the thermostat. It may be secured in place with a screw, clip, or clamp. The thermostat and the clamp on some models are one assembly. On other models, the thermostat clamps around the evaporator tubing. In some other cases, the thermostat is removed by squeezing in on the clip and pulling the thermostat up.
  5. Set your multitester to the R X 1 ohms setting. Place each of the multitester's leads on a thermostat wire. When your thermostat is cold, it should produce a reading of zero on your multitester. If it is warm (anywhere from forty to ninety degrees Fahrenheit), then this test should produce a reading of infinity. If the results you receive from your test differ from the ones presented here, then you will need to replace your defrost thermostat.
To replace the defrost thermostat, please follow the steps below:
  1. Locate your refrigerator's defrost thermostat. In freezer-on-top models, it may be located under the floor of the unit, or it could be found at the back of the freezer. If you have a side-by-side refrigerator, the defrost thermostat is found at the back of the freezer side. The thermostat is wired in series with the defrost heater, and when the thermostat opens, the heater shuts off. You will have to remove any objects that are in your way such as the contents of the freezer, freezer shelves, icemaker parts, and the inside rear, back, or bottom panel.
  2. The panel you need to remove may be held in place with either retainer clips or screws. Remove the screws or use a screwdriver to release the clips holding the panel in place. Some older refrigerators may require that you remove a plastic molding before you can gain access to the freezer floor. Exercise caution when removing the molding, as it does break fairly easily. You could try warming it with a warm, wet towel first.
  3. There are two wires leading from the thermostat. They are attached to terminals with slip-on connectors. Gently pull on the connectors to release the wires from the terminals. You may need to use needle nosed pliers to help you. Do not pull on the wires themselves.
  4. Proceed to remove the thermostat. It may be secured in place with a screw, clip, or clamp. The thermostat and the clamp on some models are one assembly. On other models, the thermostat clamps around the evaporator tubing. In some other cases, the thermostat is removed by squeezing in on the clip and pulling the thermostat up.
  5. To install your new defrost thermostat, reverse the removal process. Reconnect the wires, replace the panel, and restore power to your refrigerator. For those models where the defrost thermostat is attached to the evaporator coil, make sure you install the new thermostat in the same location and position of the old one.

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Thetford Norcold... | Answered on Jan 16, 2011


Try to unplug it from the battery a few hours and then plug it back in and see if you are now able to select the AC or LP mode. There has been a recall on the 1200LRIM, The defect is a potential cooling unit leak caused during AC electric mode operation. Click on the link below to read more:

http://www.texastriallawyer.com/norcold/index.html

Thetford Norcold... | Answered on Nov 21, 2010


no these units run on 12 volt aswell check your fuses or and be sure u are getting atleast 10.5 volts to that fuse

Thetford Norcold... | Answered on Sep 19, 2010


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It will almost look like this not exacly same it will be located on door side or the back side based on the model.Hope this will help you out.You have a defrost problem.Switch of the Norcold
for some hours it will defrost the system and it will start working.
Enjoy the vacation..

Thetford Norcold... | Answered on Sep 14, 2010


Hi,

Check out these tips...they can help you figure out whats going wrong with your refrigerator and why it is not cooling

Refrigerator not Cooling or Fridge not Cooling

How to Defrost Refrigerator Defrost Timer Problem

Water Running in refrigerator from Freezer

heatman101

Thetford Norcold... | Answered on Aug 28, 2010


Hello

Have the people who had a look at the device had a good look at the transformer on the circuit board at the power inlet?

Also, have they checked the fuse of the device? This advice may sound stupid, but in order for me to diagnose the problem, we need to start at the most basic problem areas.

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any further questions.

Kind regards
Andrea

Thetford Norcold... | Answered on Aug 24, 2010


Your cooling unit may have a leak, and you are smelling the coolant, though normally this would be ammonia.

You may have food that is spoiling as well. Check the condensate / drip tray at the back of the fridge (inside). Look for water building up (likely green as well). If water is not draining, clean the hose that leads from the drip tray to the exterior back of the fridge. There will be a small evaporator cup / tray that the hose empties into. Check the end of the hose for insect activity. Note that it is normal for the end to be crimped, or it may have a plastic plug (perforated) inserted as well.

Thetford Norcold... | Answered on Jun 30, 2010


Your propane supply may be nearly exhausted, or your gas valve is having trouble staying open.

To check the gas valve, you will need a helper. Turn the fridge off. Open the lower outside vent. Put a finger on the gas valve. Ask helper to turn it on, you should feel the solenoid snap. If you don't feel it release and flame dies out, then gas valve may be defective. Measure the voltage with a multimeter instead of using finger. If voltage remains when flame dies, then defective gas valve.

If the gas valve snaps shut and then flame dies, you are looking at a corroded / damaged / misaliged flame sense. You will need a service manual, or the procedure to clean may be listed in the owner's manual. Either way, clean the electrode assembly, and reassemble. If still same problem, follow high tension wire back to circuit board, and make sure it is on good and tight with clean connections. If still not working, the replace the electrode assembly. If it remains inoperable, then circuit board may be defective. Most RV shops now have the ability to test circuit boards before purchasing a replacement.

Thetford Norcold... | Answered on Jun 30, 2010


If the incoming AC voltage falls too low, it does this to maintain cooling capacity. It will also do the same thing if voltage gets too high.

It might also indicate that the control board is detecting a problem with the heater element. Are there any faults or check lights being displayed after it switches to gas?

Thetford Norcold... | Answered on Jun 30, 2010


The baffle can be either, it just serves to force the convection air to move through the fins, rather than around them.

Thetford Norcold... | Answered on Jun 30, 2010

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