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Norcold 3163 Fridge

The fridge works 100% on LG, I've not tried DC but AC should be working, was last year, but this year it seems no power is going to the unit - they outlet it's plugged into has power. Is there a reset/overload button or a fuse between the switch and the unit?

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  • Mike Emm Jun 18, 2013

    Hey JT - I've been busy with work, just getting back to this fridge now. I pulled it out, and using an AC "Tick Tester " I can see that power is at the T-Stat, but there is no power coming out of the T-Stat. Interestingly, the T-Stat does work when running propane. Is it possible to change out the AC side? It looks like one large unit so maybe the AC side is malfunctioning? Previous owner said it worked fine, any troubleshooting hints?

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There is a 3 amp.fuse in the wiring behind the control panel or somewhere between the control panel and the terminal block. If the fuse is blown do not replace with any higher amperage rating more than 3 amps. Here is a Norcold 3163 Service Manual On page 10 of the service manual shows all of the components that the ac power goes through. Let me know what you find and I will be here to answer any questions you may have, Thanks Sea Breeze

Posted on May 10, 2013

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    John Tripp May 10, 2013

    Here is a link that may help you find the fuse. The fuse can be seen mounted to the top of you refrigerator... http://1705.net/archives/329

  • Mike Emm May 14, 2013

    Thanks, unfortunately, I've already popped the fridge out to find that fuse was not blown and that power was moving through the fuse. Any other thoughts?

  • John Tripp
    John Tripp May 14, 2013

    Try this link below. Sorry I thought the link above was good but Fixya has changed how we are able to attach links. You are going to need to check the electric heater next to see if it has continuity.

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    John Tripp May 14, 2013

    http://appliance911seabreeze.com/Norcold...

  • Mike Emm May 22, 2013

    using a tick tester I can tell there is power on both sides of the fuse, but don't have a volt meter on location, any other way to test continuity?

  • John Tripp
    John Tripp May 22, 2013

    You can pull the fuse and have someone test it. You need to find a meter so you can test the heater element. Or pull the element out and see if someone can test it for you. Thanks JT

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    John Tripp May 24, 2013

    Is the control panel lighting up at all? Most of the controls on these units us 12 volts DC and if you are at a location where there is no 120 volts AC If you are not getting DC voltage or if the board is bad the refrigerator will not work at all....JT

  • Mike Emm Jun 18, 2013

    Hi JT - been busy with work. Pulled fridge, used AC "tick tester" and there is no power outbound from the T-Stat? The T-Stat works on propane, last owner said AC worked perfect, any troubleshooting hints for the T-Stat? Possible to replace just the AC side of the unit?

  • John Tripp
    John Tripp Jun 20, 2013

    If the thermostat is where the power ends while on AC power I would suspect the thermostat is the problem. The AC circuit is simple on your model and has the drawing on page 10 of the service manual. Sure you can change it out but I would focus on finding the problem and solving that....Thanks JT

  • Mike Emm Jul 12, 2013

    Had a chance to get back to it. I pulled the input AC off the T-stat unit, and the outbound to heater off the T-Stat and jumped them together. I can toggle power on/off, and when left on (100%) the heater functions. So, it seems like it's a T-Stat issue. Any idea where I can get one cheap, used or any other tips to repair it? It's odd b/c it does work when the fridge is running off LG.

  • Mike Emm Jul 12, 2013

    Had a chance to get back to it. I pulled the input AC off the T-stat unit, and the outbound to heater off the T-Stat and jumped them together. I can toggle power on/off, and when left on (100%) the heater functions. So, it seems like it's a T-Stat issue. Any idea where I can get one cheap, used or any other tips to repair it? It's odd b/c it does work when the fridge is running off LG.

  • Mike Emm Jul 12, 2013

    Had a chance to get back to it. I pulled the input AC off the T-stat unit, and the outbound to heater off the T-Stat and jumped them together. I can toggle power on/off, and when left on (100%) the heater functions. So, it seems like it's a T-Stat issue. Any idea where I can get one cheap, used or any other tips to repair it? It's odd b/c it does work when the fridge is running off LG.

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