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My Norcold Fridge will not operate on AC

My Norcold Fridge gives a fault code of ''A'' when I try to run it on AC.

It will run on Gas.

I had this happen long time ago but do not remember what I did to fix it?

Thanks,
-Larry

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  • lecarlisle Apr 03, 2009

    This is a model N621 that is installed in a travel trailer.

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It's definitely an AC fault. Check the input voltage after you've made sure your glass fuse is ok. If it is, check AC heater. Here is an article on how: Norcold Fault Codes AC HE or On light flashing 3 times What to do

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Check you 110 volt breaker in the converter panel to see if it is tripped

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  • king ranch Sep 13, 2010

    I have the same issue with my refidge. changed the board and still wont work. I checked the breaker it also runs the microwave it woks fine. any thoughts?

  • tredding Aug 06, 2011

    The AC Heater element may be bad and will need to be replaced. Check the fault code for the refrigerator. Mine is an N61X and it is intermittent three flashing on the front panel of the refrigerator.

  • Margie Henderson
    Margie Henderson Sep 12, 2016

    3 flashes is an ac heater fault. It's different. Either a bad heater or a bad board. Here is an article:http://thenorcoldguy.com/norcold-technic...

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