How to Troubleshoot Norcold Cooling Units
Norcold Cooling Units Are Known For Durability And Energy Efficiency
Norcold is one of the most well-known manufacturers of rv refrigerator. These units are designed to hold up to the rigors of off-grid living and typically last for years without needing significant repairs or maintenance.
There are a variety of Norcold fridge models to choose from, including those that operate off of either LP gas (propane) or a 12-volt DC connection. Norcold also offers a line of AC/DC fridges that are compact electric-only fridges that can be used in narrower spaces.
These Norcold RV fridges have a reputation for durability and energy efficiency, but it’s important to know how to troubleshoot your unit should you run into any issues. In this article, we’ll go over a few basic Norcold refrigerator troubleshooting tips and provide a list of replacement parts for those who need to repair their unit.
Getting Started with Norcold Refrigerators
The first step is to figure out which cooling unit you need for your specific model of RV. This information can be found in your owners manual or on the manufacturer’s website. Once you know which model you have, you can order a new unit from the dealer.
Next, you’ll need to remove the old cooling unit from the refrigerator. This can be done in a few ways, including using a drill to remove the screws holding the unit in place. Alternatively, you can use the RV’s vent door as a tool to open the cabinet and pull the unit out of the way.
Once you have the refrigerator removed, you’ll need to take care not to damage any parts inside the refrigerator. This includes the evaporator joint, the LP gas igniter, and the flue baffle.
To replace the old cooling unit, you will need to purchase a new one that fits the same mounting space. You may need to transfer the boiler and electric heaters to the new unit. This can be done with a hand drill or with a power drill if the existing unit has a removable boiler housing.
Before installing the new Norcold cooling unit, you should take the time to tape the evaporator joint. This will help prevent water from getting into the evaporator. It will also help protect the evaporator from corrosion.
Getting the Fluids Where They Belong
In addition to transferring the heating and cooling parts, you’ll need to transfer the water and LP gas tank. If you’re installing a new LP gas system, you can also transfer the LP gas valve to the new cooling unit.
Once all of the parts are transferred, it’s time to start putting the unit back together. If you have the original cooling unit, it will come with a manual that provides all of the instructions necessary to install it.
Once the evaporator joint is taped and the evaporator tubes are covered with Thermal Mastic, you can insert the new cooling unit into the refrigerated cabinet. Then you can seal the outside joint with low-expansion spray foam, if it isn’t already.