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I have a fridge on my boat - Norcold mod. SCQT6406 which is probably 20 years old. I checked the electronic board that seems to malfunction as it does not start the fridge when 120V is connected and it runs intermittently when connected to 12Vdc. Does someone know if I could get such a board somewhere?
I would appreciate any information.
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Have you tried contacting Norcold. IIRC, they're still in business.
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Thanks SD .... of course I tried. Customer Service Department of Thetford which owns Norcold said that they did not have any technical information and refered me to a service centre which also sells new units. You know the response?? ... "Buy a new!!!"
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LOL...the modern version of customer service at most companies sucks... Unfortunately, the part is probably pretty specific to them, so, unless you can find an identical unit to cannibalize, I think you're in trouble.
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If it's 20 years old it's likely made with discrete components as opposed to many custom ICs or microcontrollers. You may be able to (or take it to a competent electrical repair place and have them) troubleshoot - there's probably a relay that's gone or some voltage sensor that's acting up.

Hard to say without looking at it - I see you're also in Toronto - I'll see if I have anyone I've worked with that I can recommend. Where do you keep your boat?

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I had the same problem on Paloma - unit is original 1979. Frig units have changed a lot in the last 20 years, much more efficient, much improved. Replace it when you can afford to. In the meantime, use it for an ice box.
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icebox blanket

I realize this will take a different direction but I have not
fgured out how to start a new thread... has anyone heard of
an "icebox" blanket/thermal blanket? It simply lays over the
top of the box.

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I realize this will take a different direction but I have not
fgured out how to start a new thread... has anyone heard of
an "icebox" blanket/thermal blanket? It simply lays over the
top of the box.

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Yes, you really have hijacked the thread. But here is the answer -- if you can find an insulated bag in the supermarket sold for carrying home frozen foods that will fit your ice box, but one and try it.

If not, you can try to cut bubble wrap to fit. Even though bubble wrap has no special insulating properties, it will keep the warm air away from your ice and food, and will help make the ice last a lot longer.

I have even seen people using blankets for this purpose.
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Try this resource

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I have a fridge on my boat - Norcold mod. SCQT6406 which is probably 20 years old. I checked the electronic board that seems to malfunction as it does not start the fridge when 120V is connected and it runs intermittently when connected to 12Vdc. Does someone know if I could get such a board somewhere?
I would appreciate any information.
Somebody on this forum pointed me to the following resource, which helped me to fix my 25 yr-old fridge:

KollmannMarine Boat Refrigeration Specialist

Post your question and they will give you good (free) advice.
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