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Old 07-18-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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Fridge light switch

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Does anyone know what kind of switch controls the light in the Norcold N811 fridge? Is it manual or magnetic, and where is it located?

I'm trying to test the new fridge fan, and I want to make sure that it's still on when the door is closed.

Thanks!
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:46 AM   #2
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Set your phone to record video, hit go, drop it in the fridge near the fan and close the door. Wait 10 seconds, open fridge and play back video.

I've done this for all sorts of things, and it works amazingly well as a second set of "eyes" when you can't be in two places at once.
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WOW, gives a whole new meaning for when someone calls and tells you to "chill"!

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Here is the factory parts list showing the Interior Light and Thermister Assy on page 8;
http://www.thetford.com/wp-content/u...Parts-List.pdf

Does the light in a fridge stay on when the door is closed and how do you know? (just kidding)

I really like the idea of the phone video. Thanks for that!
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The fridge at home has a manual button the the door pushes when the door closes, but I don't see anything like that on the Norcold. I guess that it must be magnetic... perhaps if I run a magnet around the edge of the inside of the fridge, and see if the light I can test it that way. There are 4 possible wires in the light fixture that I can connect to, so I'm trying to narrow it down to which is the correct one to use.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:34 AM   #6
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It's magnetic. It may be located in the eyebrow, which is the strip between the freezer compartment and the fridge compartment, that controls the fridge. Just remember that your magnet is polarized. If you can't find it with your magnet, turn it over and that may work.
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It's magnetic. It may be located in the eyebrow, which is the strip between the freezer compartment and the fridge compartment, that controls the fridge.
Thanks! I'll try running a magnet over the area... who thought that installing a fridge fan would be this difficult?
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OK... Gave up on this project. I can't find any power in the fridge that stays on when the door is shut. So, no fan for us.

What a waste of money that was.
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Wait, hold your horses! Run the hot wire through the fridge drain. That's the way I have done it and others also. In fact I bought a Fridge-fix fan and that's the way the instructions tell you to wire it. The fridge cooling fins can be used for the return side. There's 12VDC feeding the fridge control board. The control board is behind the lower vent where the drain hose comes out.
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Wait, hold your horses! Run the hot wire through the fridge drain. That's the way I have done it and others also. In fact I bought a Fridge-fix fan and that's the way the instructions tell you to wire it. The fridge cooling fins can be used for the return side. There's 12VDC feeding the fridge control board. The control board is behind the lower vent where the drain hose comes out.
Thanks!

Two questions...

What do I attach the hot wire to in the back of the fridge (don't want to damage the control board)?

And, does that mean that the LED lights on the fan just stay on all the time?

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