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Old 10-04-2013, 12:48 PM   #1
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Norcold 2 way refrigerator in Swift 184bh

I bought a 2014 Swift 184BH in August and finally took it out for our maiden voyage at the end of September. I was warned at the dealer that the refrigerator could take 24 hours to fully come to temperature so I started it on electric 2 days before our first trip just to be sure.

At first it seemed to be cooling down nicely, and I placed a thermometer inside to monitor the progress. After reaching a low temp of 32 degrees, the temp started climbing right back up. By the time we were ready to head out for our trip, the thermometer was reading 72.

When we arrived at the campsite, I decided to try it on propane to see if that would work. I had essentially the same result, initial cooling down to a low of 42 degrees and then gradual warming back up to the 70's.

When we got home, I tried electric again just to be double sure but I got the same result of initial cooling and then warming right back up.

Has anyone had a similar problem? I am taking it in to the dealer tomorrow and I was hoping for some advice from the forum.

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Old 10-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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Well..

Question first. Was the camper level? If the camper is not level (or close) you can have problems with your Norcold.

If the freezer remains cold, and the fridge temp changes, you have a bad thermistor.

If you have the correct voltages, while on propane and on AC, and the entire unit temps are all over the place, you probably have a bad cooling unit.

Either way, your Jayco dealer can take care of it for you. Should be warranty work.

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Old 10-04-2013, 02:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback, I didn't think to check the freezer compartment, just the fridge compartment. I am going to run a test on that right away! What happens when the thermistor is bad? Is it a part that can be repaired or replaced?
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Its a 4 minute fix. The thermistor is the little "bug" looking thing that sits on the fins inside the refrigerator. Regulates the temp inside the refrigerator ONLY.
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I see a naked silver colored wire that comes from the back wall of the fridge and loops over the fins, then runs down the 4th fin and is held on with two silver clamps. Is that the thermistor?
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yep, should be.. its a Norcold, happen to have a model number off hand? I can look it up as well...
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:50 PM   #7
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Norcold 2 way refrigerator in Swift 184bh

Yes, n302lm8. I am monitoring the freezer now per your advice and it is already down to 39 in the freezer compartment in just a couple of hours while the fridge area still feels warm.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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When I ran it yesterday while monitoring the freezer compartment, I found the exact same problem. At startup the temp began dropping nicely, but within a few hours it started climbing back up.

I guess this means that it is not the thermistor, since the freezer cannot hold temperature. On my way to the dealer in an hour.
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My motto..new RV the dealer figures it out... U paid for the warranty (included in the price) so might as well use it.
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