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DE0061 draws power when not cooling

My brand new DE-0061R installed on my boat draws 3.1 Amps when the compressor is running and 0.48 amps when the compressor is off. Norcold support says this is as designed and I should "return the unit to the place of purchase" if not satisfied. The unit is built in to the boat and requires bulkhead removal to remove.

Can I install an auxiliary thermostat on the DC power feed to stop the power draw when cooling is not required?

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Hi captstu,

I'm Harvey th Master Plumber.

Your question is: Can you install an auxiliary thermostat on the DC power feed to stop the power draw when cooling is not required?

I understand your frustration. I live on a boat. Since the fridge thermostat is reducing the amp draw when the compressor is off, just remember to turn off the curcuit when you leave the boat and emptying the fridge. You are probly doing this already. Since any modification to a new unit voids the warranty I wouldn't go down that path. The unit should have been tested before installation. Water under the bridge. I agree with the manufacturer. I would tear it out and get a warranty replacement. Sorry, Norcold is right, this is the least painfull way out. It is beter than the cost of repair.

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