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Old 06-10-2017, 08:32 PM   #1
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Any reason to NOT run Norcold 3-way fridge on DC while plugged into shore power

New Jay Series pop-up owner. My fridge runs on propane and DC fine. I don't seem to get any cooling when on AC. I ran it on DC while connected to shore power during my initial shake down testing. Then I discovered a dusty faded label in the fridge control area that said Do Not Run Refrigerator on DC While Plugged into Shore Power.
I could not find that warning in the owners manual, Norcold website or the forums. What's the down side?


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Old 06-10-2017, 09:03 PM   #2
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Have you checked the 120 volt circuit breaker? The frig should also be connected to a gfi outlet chain. Wit that said does you outside outlet work?

If that does not fix the issue, pull the outside service panel, and you should find a small fuse check it.

The issue probably is, you need to replace the electric heating element. That is harder to troubleshoot to ensure that is the issue. But a freind had to replies last fall. 2 way frig, worked on gas not electric. New electric element and it worked great.
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Old 06-10-2017, 10:22 PM   #3
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Any reason to NOT run Norcold 3-way fridge on DC while plugged into shore power

All the 120 outlets work, including the one the fridge plugs into. GCFI tests and resets good. Fuses looked good. I wasn't getting power to the 120 spade connectors in the outside service panel. So, I'm guessing it's the element. Which does look like a bigger repair job.

In the mean time, what would be the problem with running on DC while plugged into shore power? Bad for battery or converter?


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Have you checked the 120 volt circuit breaker? The frig should also be connected to a gfi outlet chain. Wit that said does you outside outlet work?

If that does not fix the issue, pull the outside service panel, and you should find a small fuse check it.

The issue probably is, you need to replace the electric heating element. That is harder to troubleshoot to ensure that is the issue. But a freind had to replies last fall. 2 way frig, worked on gas not electric. New electric element and it worked great.
Refrigerators in RV's are not required by the NEC (section 551.41C) to be wired to GFCI's and industry standards are to not wire a refrigerator on a GFCI circuit because the GFCI can trip and you may incur spoiled food.
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I'm not sure but I think that is a pretty high amp output for the converter on a constant basis.. I'd flip it over to gas and be done with it.. They don't use that much propane and the propane seems to cool the fridge better than power..
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Thanks for the input. I think I'm going to go with DC and propane for now. Investigating the 120 element replacement will be later project.


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