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Old 07-14-2014, 09:10 PM   #1
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Question Countertop over Fridge is wicked hot in 184BH

So we've had 5 trips now with our first/new trailer. The Norcold 2-way fridge has worked on only 2 of these trips . I'm going to be taking it in to the dealer under warranty, I think the thermostatic gas valve is pooched. My questions is:

Is the counter over the fridge in your TT super hot when your running the fridge on Propane?

I think the venting is incomplete/poorly done and "leaks" into the cabinet. I've never dealt with these appliances before, so I'm not sure whats normal. In my line of work, gas venting is screwed together and the joints are sealed. When I look in the upper vent opening from the outside, I see too much of the back of the cabinet for my liking.
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:56 AM   #2
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My fridge in my 184 works like a champ. I did put a thermal switch that activates a fan behind the fridge to help it cool in the really really hot weather, but even before i put the fan in, i never noticed any heat on the counter top. The only problem ive ever had with my fridge was actually not the fridges fault. I had a block in the propane line between the tank and the regulator and there wasnt enough propane to keep it lit.

Id take it in. They work really well... better if you get the fan. There should be no heat. Although I do remember seeing some floorplan where the 184 had a larger fridge. If that is the case, disregard everything I wrote.

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Hi Socco1:

We've run our fridge on propane quite a bit and have never noticed heat on the counter above. Hopefully the dealer will get things squared away in short order.

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I'd do what was recommended above.. Retrofit a "puller" fan setup that pulls that exhaust out of the area.
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I did put a thermal switch that activates a fan behind the fridge to help it cool
Did you happen to have any info on the fan you put in, or some pics of it?

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Hi Socco1:

We've run our fridge on propane quite a bit and have never noticed heat on the counter above. Hopefully the dealer will get things squared away in short order.

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Thanks for the confirmation Mark. Its going in on Friday. I hope it gets resolved quickly, we've got another trip planned for the week after!
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:49 AM   #6
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I don't think your countertop should be getting hot while the fridge is burning propane. Perhaps the burner is misaligned. I'd avoid at all cost using the fridge on propane until the dealer has a chance to look it over. Seems to me I remember a thread about propane refers causing fires if the trailer isn't properly leveled. A misaligned burner could do the same. I could be wrong, but better safe than sorry!
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my counter top gets very warm, not hot, when running on electricity...but has not been an issue.
it works very well and in fact has to be turned down after a few hrs of initial startup operation...
all is well behind it when looking in after vent removal.. no problems.
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Well, I got her back tonight! My suspicions were correct about the baffles. It seems as though at the factory someone installed the baffles then rammed the fridge in the hole. Instead of the upper baffle being over and on top of the condenser coil, it was in front of it. This basically trapped all of the heat in the friggin' cabinet (Hence why the counter was hot.) Before, when I looked inside the upper vent, all I could see was the two baffles touching each other. Here is what it is supposed to look like!
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Glad you and your dealer were able to get it corrected! Makes you wonder, though, about some of the folks who build these things, the training they get, and the Q.C. "inspections" these rigs are suppose to get.
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Glad you and your dealer were able to get it corrected! Makes you wonder, though, about some of the folks who build these things, the training they get, and the Q.C. "inspections" these rigs are suppose to get.
Trailer factories only hire the finest specimens from the human race. I grew up in Edwardsburg, MI where all the duds worked at Georgie Boy, Duo-Form, and all the other suppliers and assembly plants. They are a few notches below the rocket scientists that build your tow vehicles.
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