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Hi Everyone,

Just bought a new 2021 Coachman Catalina and I am waiting to get it back in the shop for some warranty work.

In the meantime, it has a Norcal fridge, with only one button on the front. The Fridge runs on propane, but it does not get cold on AC. The fridge light opens when I open the door so its getting AC. I have turned the Fridge off, with AC plugged in and then turned it back on numerous times, and still it does not get cold. A red light will eventually come on, telling me that there is an issue.

Any suggestions on what to look for? It's going to be another 3 weeks before I can take it in.

Thanks in advance,
Jonathan


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Refrigerator Model number would be helpful ...

Is that really a Norcal.... or is it actually a Norcold ?


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I don't think the fact the interior frig light comes on means you're getting AC. I believe the light runs off DC and would come on whether or not you're getting AC power to the frig.

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Norcold. Thanks Ed. Trying to find a model number.

Good point about fridge light 2edgesword.

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It will take 24 hours to get cold. How long have you waited? Is it plugged in in back? Is there 110 volts at plug? First places to check.


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I have a 2004 with a Dometic fridge. It quit running on electric. That almost never happens. . . it's usually the other way around. Works great on gas, though. So I took it to the Amish and they tested everything. The fridge actually does run on electric, but not through the plug it's plugged into. So I had my electrical engineer friend put in a new outlet. The old outlet was one of the really cheap trailer receptacles that are a press fit and the wires were just not making good contact. Now it works great. My friend charged me nothing for labor and the parts were $1.87.

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jonaz wrote:

Norcold. Thanks Ed. Trying to find a model number.

Good point about fridge light 2edgesword.


The Model number is likely on a sticker inside the fridge - mine is on right side wall lower down the side....

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Yes, the model number was on the side, thank you.

Norcold Model N7VLW6

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Remove the outside cover and you’ll see that the fridge just plugs into a receptacle. Plug something else in there to confirm the receptacle has power. If it doesn’t, check for a tripped GFCI there or elsewhere. Check all of the 120V breakers.

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OK, I feel like an idiot. I removed the cover and realized that the fridge was not plugged into the AC receptacle. I kept looking for the plug but it was run way up on top and took a little while before I was able to get my hand around the end and bring it back down to get plugged in. Thank you so much for all your help.

* This post was edited 05/31/21 10:28am by jonaz *

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