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noleakman

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I have a 06 National Sea Breeze! I am wondering if I am suppose to hear fans at the back of the fridge from cooling fan's?? I have a frien with the same fridge and he says he can hear his fans run some of the time! I have read on this site that there is some wired backwards is this correct??

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RayChez wrote:

RamonaJ wrote:

I recently purchased a 2007 Ambassador and took it out for first time this past weekend. The Norcold refigerator kept shutting down and blowing the breaker at the park when on AC. It did work fine on LP. Another camper advised me my unit might be included in recall. It was and Norcold advised me the fix had been performed on my unit. Will be returning motor home to dealer for fix but would like some ideas from other ref. owners on permanent fix.


If the cooling unit had sprung a leak, it would not work with either propane or AC. So your problem would not be what the recalls were all about. Sounds to me like you have some electrical problem that is over loading the circuit. It could even be a bad circuit breaker.


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Posted: 12/23/13 04:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dealer located problem..refrigerator and inverter wiring was reversed. They wired correctly and Norcold has been working great ever since except for one minor problem on second trip out! The burner was fouled and needed to be cleaned so I got "No FL" message. Thank goodness for mechanic friend who met us halfway into Ga to Fl trip and corrected problem.

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We just returned from AZ and on the way the recall shut the refer down .I checked it out and the black box of the recall had shut the refer down. Here I am with a full refer and no cooling. I saw the red light on the recall and checked the 12 volt in and out of the box. Because of the situation I jumped the black box out. Called the dealer in Bull Head city and they wanted the coach for three days. Drove home with it jumped out. When to the dealer here and they reset the black box and told me to run it for 24 hours and charged me $56.00. I learned that to reset the black box all you have to do is hold a strong magnet to the upper right hand of the box until you hear a click and after the unit has cooled down. If I had this knowledge I would not have jumped out the safety and still would have been protected. Just a FYI for my camping friends


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Our Norcold 1210 was in for it's 4th repair to the cooling unit and it finally happened......the unit caught on FIRE while in the shop, but fortunately the service technicians responded to the "on-board" smoke detector alarm, grabbed and dry chemical extinguishers and put out the fire before the coach and interior could ignite.

With so many fires, and product failures, how can Norcold continue to do business? Also, have you ever called their service center for assistance, talk about rude.

After a week and a half "off the road" we have installed a residential frig with little cabinet modifications and it seems to be working like a charm.

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I have a 2004 southwind with the Norcold 1200 refrigerator and have had two of the recalls done. I am now waiting for an appt. to get it checked out to determine if a third box is to be put on. As best as I can remember, the only other problem we have had with this refer is the ice maker had to be replaced. I read most of the comments on this forum under the Norcold recall and there was a mention of a smell of amonia when something went wrong. We were in Fl. last winter when we smelled a bad odor in the area of the ref. and curio cabinet(they are close together) but the smell went away and the ref. worked as normally all the way home (Nearly 900 miles) and in June of this year we went to Myrtle Beach or just south of myrtle beach and back home. It seemed to work perfectly, but just recently I went to move the MH up to my house to plug it in to Elec but the ref would not swith on. I am waiting for an appointment to have it checked out . I am wondering if something in the cooling system might have gone bad. The only time we had the ref. on propane was while traveling. Two days on the way from Fl. and about 8 hours to myrtle beach and 8 hrs back home. Any info would appreciated

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If the recall Chinese box has a red light on then it is blown. If you see metal chips in the area of the propane igniter then the coils are blown. Do not replace the refrigerator. They blew my coils out with their worthless recalls and then claimed they were not responsible. There is a company in Shipshewana, IN that makes coils for RV and Marine applications. The distributor is in Nashville, TN. You can do a google search and find the number. It cost me $1075.00 for them to drop ship the new coils to my house. I used a motorcycle jack to get the 1200 LM refrigerator out in my 2002 Southwind. They send you a complete set of instructions that are easy to follow. I removed 4 bolts, disconnected the cooling fans, took the old coils off, clean up the area where they were mounted, recaulked the fins and freezer area, put the new coils in, replaced the 4 bolts, sealed the seams, pushed it back in the opening and hooked it up. That was 4 years ago. Last year while I was in Arizona I mounted 2 pancake fans I bought at Radio Shack in the back of the fridge for extra cooling. The temp is set on 5 and it now freezes ice cream. If you need further info do not hesitate to e-mail me.


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Make sure you check the heater pipes also. If one of them burns out it won't let the fridge cool.

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Yes, it does have the red light on. no blinking, just steady light. Thanks for the info. That seems to be my problem. I hope its no more than that.

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They put that Chinese sensor on mine, lasted less than 4 hours. Then I was told the coils were blown. I never had a problem with my fridge until they started doing the recall. To replace my fridge would cost me approximately $4,300.00. And I would still have the same cheap coils as before. The Amish made coils are heavier metal and has double coils. I also found out that my cooling fans had their wires switched. Even though they are DC current they will not work if wired backwards. I didn't have any proof of who had done it. But the instructions with the new coils helped me straighten it out. If you are handy at all, or know someone who is, then you can change the coils yourself and eliminate the recall issue.

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