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Warning on Norcold DE-0061R Refrigerator

Hi, I replaced my old, dead, propane refrigerator with a Norcold DE-0061R 12V/110V about 2 months ago. Simultaneously, I replaced by 3 Group 24 batteries with 4 AGM 200A batteries (6V) hooked series/parallel to give about 400 Ah. I also added 196 Watts of Kryocera solar cells.

I found two serious problems with the Norcold DE-6100R.

1. After several cloudy days, the battery bank dropped below the starting voltage of the refrigerator - rather than shutting down, the motor continued to draw starting current until the batteries went to zero (0) volts. Norcold technical support said, "so?" and I built an under voltage relay to protect the system should that happen again.

2. The second problem is much more serious: The unit draws 0.48 Amps (about) when the thermostat turns off the compresser due to a serious design flaw in the refrigerator's electronics. Norcold tecnical support eventually acknowledged the flaw but refused my request to discuss a possible correction with the design engineer.

Norcold's customer support is unacceptable.

If you are at all constrained on electrical power, the DE-0061R is also unacceptable.

Shame, it is an otherwise good box.

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Re: Warning on Norcold DE-0061R Refrigerator

Get a cooler and a bag of ice every other day or start checking your power consumption no matter what the norcold manual says about low or high V.
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Re: Warning on Norcold DE-0061R Refrigerator

8+ year old thread. I suspect he has resolved his issues one way or the other.

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Re: Warning on Norcold DE-0061R Refrigerator

I have a norcold fridge in my RV, works fine. Of course, it runs on 110v or propane....
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Re: Warning on Norcold DE-0061R Refrigerator

While we are on the subject, I have the Dometic 33qt AC-DC refrigerator. After about 5 years, the unit no longer works in DC mode. I only use that while underway. I have checked all the connections as well as the voltage coming from the house bank. Everything checks out, but the Dometic will not power on via the DC jack. I'm going to put this on the bench, but before I do, I wanted to run it by you brilliant folks.

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Re: Warning on Norcold DE-0061R Refrigerator

There's probably a electronic wizard mother board in there that needs replacing .The older dometics ran a vibrating DC transformer to step up to intermediate voltage and step down winding on AC to same voltage. Now its all electronic .Just my humble take on it.
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Re: Warning on Norcold DE-0061R Refrigerator

But the OP ran it for a "few days" THEN build a low charge protection. can't fault the fridge imo Norcold is is great stuff IMHO

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