There are a few different brands of refrigerators that RVs come with. One of the popular brands of fridges that RVs are built with is Norcold. These refrigerators will come in different sizes and styles, but the standard operation of a Norcold refrigerator is the same.
Norcold Refrigerator Operation
- Norcold Refrigerator Operation
Refrigerator Control Panel
- Your RVs Norcold fridge will have a control panel that could be LED or standard. Both versions will have power, mode, and temperature buttons. There will also be an indicator light for standard versions, or a code display for LED versions.
- The Power Button will turn your refrigerator ON and OFF.
- The Mode Button allows you to switch between Electric, Propane, or Auto.
- The Temperature button will set the coolness of the refrigerator with 5 being the coldest.
The Green Light will indicate that the refrigerator is drawing power from the selected mode source. A Red Light will indicate that the refrigerator is not drawing power and not functioning properly.
- Auto is the most popular setting for RV refrigerators. This setting allows the refrigerator to automatically switch back and forth between electric and propane settings
- When this setting is on, if shore or generator power is detected then the refrigerator will gain its power from those sources.
- Should there be no presence of electricity then refrigerator will seek propane to power itself.
- If you are plugged into shore power or using generator power consistently, you may opt to use Electric Mode.
- When set on Electric Mode and you lose power, the refrigerator will not continue to cool.
Should the red light be on in electric mode check to be sure that the breakers are on and that the power pole is on.
If the red light is on while in propane mode ensure that you have propane and that the tank valve is open. If neither is the case then you may need to bleed air out of your propane system. You can learn how to do that in this article: How To: Bleeding Air From Your RV's Propane System.
Troubleshooting Power Sources
Please use caution when executing the steps below as many of the components on the system will be hot to the touch.
- If you hear the clicking noise, then you will want to bleed your propane lines as mentioned above. If bleeding the line does not resolve the problem, it is recommended that you should schedule service.
For a better understanding of operating your Norcold refrigerator, check out this video:
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