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I have a Norcold DE828 refrigerator/freezer on my boat. The freezer works fine, but the refrigerator does not cool. Looks to me like the compressor is working. Is there a solenoid that switches compressor from ref to freezer? Some other problem? Thanks!!

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Make sure the thermister is attached firmly to the fins in the back. The boards on a Norcold can be reset a service center familiar with this process is your best bet. It takes disconecting the board and then shorting it out best to leave it to some one who is familiar.

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I have the same problem and I'm not going to pay 500 dollars to get it fixed. That's why i go to these forums.

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Yes very likely the cooling unit has stopped working. You need to do a bypass test by unplugging the thermistor on the inside of fridge. It will be attached to the fins. Give it 6 hours or so and check your temps. If they are the same the cooling unit is bad. If the temp goes down the thermistor or circuit board is bad. If you need more assistance feel free to call.
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Your cooling unit is shot, I suggest. Most likely, you've lost the R341 refrigerant. Norcold, so they can sell you another cooling unit at $500+, does not make these little fridges with a service port so you can recharge the system. Same with Dometic. Solution is to spend, again, $500+ for a new sealed unit that will fail in relatively short order (I'm on my second in five years) or buy a better refrigerator. I'm opting for a new fridge this go around (Vitrifrigo). Vitrifrigo has the needed service port.

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in your refridgerator there is an internal thermostat on the cooling fan u can move up or down it should be placed on the last finn to the right looking at the fridge
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