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Old 06-09-2014, 09:50 PM   #1
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How many times does it usually take a Norcold fridge to start on propane after first hooking up the propane? Since my TT was new, my fridge usually takes me 6-8 attempts before mine will start on propane. Is this normal? I think I read in the Norcold manual somewhere I should see the dealer if it takes more than 3 times to start the fridge. When I'm leaving the CG and switch it from auto or electric back to propane, it typically starts on the first try.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:21 PM   #2
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Takes a few times when there's air in the line. Light your stovetop first then light the fridge. Even then it could take a couple of tries
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I've experienced a similar delay getting the fridge going. When gas has been turned off and air in the lines. I've unplugged TT from shore power. Noticed the fridge switch to "gas" and the gas light is blinking. Later in the trip i notice the fridge is operating on gas just fine. Good to know i'm not the only one.... Better to know its probably normal.
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It's not unusual to take several tries after the trailer has been through a period of idleness.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:23 AM   #5
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I always light the stove burners first after I turn on the propane. That let's me know all the air is mostly out of the system. Then the fridge usury starts in one or two attempts.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:26 AM   #6
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Like others, I also light the stove burners after setup to bleed the air out of the system. Then any propane appliances will usually light without any problems. We only use electric for water heater since it is only wife and I. Only use propane as necessary. Getting too old for the dry camping! Lol I like all my conveniences when we travel. I call camping without sewer hookups
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I forgot to mention I usually open the stove burners (but don't ignite them) for a few seconds before I attempt to start the fridge. Namusmc65, you reminded me I also need to try my water heater on propane before the warranty expires....I have never used the water heater on propane.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:31 AM   #8
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You should never just let the gas flow without a flame, what if you forgot to turn it off.
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The tech at our dealer gave us a tip during our walk-through re: clearing air from lines.

Rather than trying to light the stove, use the furnace. The furnace will clear the air quicker and you don't have to stand there lighting the stove. Set the thermostat so the furnace kicks in, let in run for a few minutes, then turn it back down.

I used to to use the stove too.

Of course, I live in Canada, so lighting a furnace in the summer doesn't seem crazy. :-)
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My dealer didn't mention it but as dmward stated, I fire up the furnace for a minute and the fridge lights with no problem.
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