Norcold 862 refrigerator stopped cooling.

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nicademas

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Hello again,

I have been using my refrigerator on 120volts, or shore power, now for quite a while with no issues until a few days ago. Ive done all I can to try and figure out what is wrong with it but now I need some input.

I am getting power to the fridge. There is no ammonia leak. I made sure the coils are getting airflow (funny because I found a piece of mail stuck in-between them from the previous owner). The "chimney"? is warm where the 120 heater wires gos in as well as the lower pipe. And I can hear it gurgling, like its working or trying to work.
I turned the thermostat from 2 (where it was working fine before) to 5 (max) and left it alone overnight. The inside of the frezzer and fridge were still not cold.

So im at a loss of what to do now. I even tapped on the pipes to "loosen things up". Is it a goner? Any idea would help.
 

nicademas

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Hahhaa I found the issue. This fuse was buried way under the fridge where I could bearly reach it. Looks like the original fuse.

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Henry J Fate

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That fuse was hit with a pretty good shot of electricity. How that fuse blew should be something that you keep in mind. Did the fuse fix the problem?
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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No because there is a recall on this fridge for a propane issue and the last time I tried using it on LP it blew a fireball into my trailer.
I don't find any information on a recall for a Norcold 862, propane or otherwise. I checked both Norcold site and NHTSA. Do you have more info on it? I ask, because a propane only recall for any 800-series Norcold has never come up here before and others may need warning about it.
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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The "flammable gas" in that notice is the ammonia in the cooling unit, not the LP gas used by the burner. A crack in the cooling unit will release "flammable gas" whether in AC or LP mode..

I didn't think the model 862 fridge was part of that particular recall (and its not listed on the Norcold site as being among the recalls), but I've been wrong before...
 
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