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I have a norcold 3163 and will not operate on ac/ dc/ or propane. I have checked all the fuses and power sources what is my next step

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Hello,

first thing you want to check is go to your main power box and check the breaker. You could have a situation where the breaker has popped, and that will terminate power, so you want to go back to that. Make sure that breaker is in the on position. Then the second thing to check on your power; to make make sure that your power cord hasn't come loose from the outlet behind the refrigerator.

Take care.


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