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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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