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Old 01-12-2009, 11:45 AM   #1
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Norcold DE 541 problem

My Norcold DE 541 has gone tango uniform after 13 years. Power is running, but no cold. I've heard that it's difficult to find parts for this puppy.
Anyone know where I can find parts? If it's not repairable, what would you suggest for a replacement? It's the 4 cf.
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Mike S

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Old 01-12-2009, 01:51 PM   #2
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Mike, my Norcold, 2 years older than yours, is acting up too. I'm trying to decide whether to spend $$ replacing parts or simply replace the whole thing and get updated technology. Mine is dual voltage, no propane. A half hour with Google turned up several suppliers. One that claims to have access to most parts is R&K. Their URL is http://www.randkproducts.com/. Let us know what you find and what you decide!
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:46 AM   #3
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Self repairing Norcold technology

Well, it's a miracle. My SMB has been sitting for about 10 months down here in AZ. I turned on the fridge while I was driving around and it didn't get cold. I figured the house battery probably wasn't charged up, so I plugged her in and left the Norcold on all night. In the morning, the fridge was definitely running, but no cold. I turned it off and called a local RV fridge repair service. After I called the service, I figured I"d turn it on so it would be running when they got there. Lo and behold, it got cold and appears to be functioning normally at this time.
You gotta love those self healing units.
Thanks for the info, though. I've saved the posts in my SMB folder for future reference.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:32 AM   #4
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Mike, that's good news! I hope it stays that way. Gotta tell you, though, that what you're experiencing is what happened to mine several months ago. I.e., first it wouldn't cool on 12v but it would on shore power. Then it wouldn't cool on either. Then suddenly it worked normally for a while. Then the same problems started again. Could be that yours was a one-time deal of a stuck relay or something. Best of luck!
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