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Surgtech94

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We’ve been having issues with our new TT Norcold refrigerator not keeping things cold, quit working and warming up. I’ve been watching a few YouTube videos. These new RV refrigerators are ‘gas/electric, absorption’ refrigerators, they can’t be filled full, some ppl have set a mini fan blowing inside on the fans. Teach me about these. What’s the best way to keep these cold, first off is making sure the TT is level? What about starting off on propane, I heard propane keeps it colder? Most of the time we put a bunch of beverages in the refrigerator to get cold, Should we be putting beverages in the outside refrigerator to keep cold? Thank you in advance

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Posted: 08/23/21 05:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RV absorption refrigerators are hardly new. There are hundreds of posts on the forum about them (in addition to the YouTube videos you've mentioned). Use the search function on the forum and keep reading/researching.

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By far for the best performance, especially in hot weather, replace the refrigerator with a compressor type. There are even places that will retro-fit a compressor on to your existing refrigerator.

Guaranteed cold beverages and ice !

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You should not be having issues with your new TT Norcold refrigerator not keeping things cold, quit working and warming up. I would suggest that you get it to a certified rv repair shop for warranty repair.


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If you gave some specifics you will have better luck at getting some info to help..

Such as ... year/make/model of RV
Fridge info... Norcold what? perhaps a 2118, etc
The fridge will cool just fine full if it works right
Door seal gap would be first thing to check with a dollar bill.. With door closed and a dollar bill in between door seal if it pulls out easily when checked at various locations on the seal you need to adress that issue first

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Your location indicates midwest. If you are close to northern Indiana, make an appointment with Glenn at National Refrigeration in Shipshewana, Indiana. (Fixyourfridge.com) He is an Amishman who works on them. He will check it out, educate you, and if anything needs fixing he won't rob you. But your first question about the trailer being level. Yes, it needs to be level. Otherwise it won't work optimally.

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Surgtech94 wrote:

We’ve been having issues with our new TT Norcold refrigerator not keeping things cold, quit working and warming up. I’ve been watching a few YouTube videos. These new RV refrigerators are ‘gas/electric, absorption’ refrigerators, they can’t be filled full, some ppl have set a mini fan blowing inside on the fans. Teach me about these. What’s the best way to keep these cold, first off is making sure the TT is level? What about starting off on propane, I heard propane keeps it colder? Most of the time we put a bunch of beverages in the refrigerator to get cold, Should we be putting beverages in the outside refrigerator to keep cold? Thank you in advance


They've been around for decades, so nothing new about them.
- Filling them full is actually better. When you open the door, the cold air sinks out onto the floor...if it's full there is less air to lose and more mass to hold temperature. The fans are to keep the temperature more even.
- The downside is they cool slowly, so if you put 2 cases of warm beer in the fridge, it may literally take a day or so to cool it and it may warm up some of the existing items in the fridge.
- If it's working properly, propane or electric makes no significant difference. On electric, it's simply a heating element in the same location as the flame. Best to start it the night before with the non-perishables in, so it has a chance to cool down. Then add the perishables just before you head out (preferably precooled in your household fridge).


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They will drive you to drinking if you don't already. I won't elaborate

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We had a fan in the back of the fridge pulling air up and out. I added one at the bottom to push the air up. We also added a small cube fan for fridge in the bottom of the food area to circulate air . It. Runs on two D cells. We cool drinks down before putting them in the refrigerator. These things have made a big difference.

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RV type refer technology is over 120 years old. The MAIN thing is to have 1 inch of space between the back wall of the lower section to allow air to flow up and thru the silver metal evaporator fins. This happens by convection and requires no extra fan. BUT, a small refer designed battery fan helps a lot. DO NOT jam the lower section with plastic bags full of food and push against the back wall. The way the refer works is simple. Warm air from the food flows up and goes thru the silver fins and this removes the heat, hence cold results. The cold then flows down and removes the heat from the food and the up again. Try to NEVER install warm/hot food in the refer. This causes it to try for a long time. It is not as quick as a compressor home style refer. The freezer has NO restrictions on air flow. The temp control for the refer does not control the freezer. It will get 0 to 10 degrees regardless of the temp setting. ALWAYS try to precool the refer 24 hours before you put items in it. NEVER RUN THE REFER(rv) OFF LEVEL UNLESS YOU ARE MOVING. THIS WILL RUIN A RV REFER. READ THE OWNERS MANUAL FOR YOUR REFER AND IT WILL DETAIL WHY AND LEVEL PROCEDURES. IF OFF LEVEL BESIDES RUINING THE REFER, IT WILL NOT COOL. Do you have the manual for the refer? This is from the norcold manual. Doug

CAUTION: The refrigerator is made to operate within 3°
off level side-to-side and 6° off level front-to-back (as
looking at the front of the refrigerator). Operating it at
more than these limits can cause damage to the cooling
system and create a risk of personal injury or property
damage. Make sure the vehicle is level before you
operate the refrigerator

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