12V DC Refrigerator stopped working
The last 5 days we were camping at Deep Creek Lake in Western MD. The Refrigerator, Norcold model N10DCSSR stopped working the first night. By morning the temperature was 64F and the freezer was 45F. The unit had power, and the controls seemed to work, but the only sound we could hear was a fan.
After we emptied the fridge contents back to a cooler and threw away some stuff, My son and I figured out how it was mounted in the cabinet. We downloaded a service manual for a similar model, and read up on how these fridges work and what trouble shooting we might be able to do. We removed the fridge and began to inspect it. We found that the power connection to the compressor had burned out! We figure the connection clips were probably not seated properly on the pins from the compressor and the draw was too much for the limited surface contact being made. Interesting was the fuse did not blow.
We carefully cleaned the contacts and worked the metal contact back into proper position and reassemble the fridge. Lucky for us, it started right up and the compressor started. After an hour, we check with a cheap IR thermometer and then re-installed the refrigerator in the cabinet.
The fridge has been working fine since. I already have a service appointment with my dealer over a freshwater tank leak, and have notified them about this problem.
I hope this might help someone else with a bad fridge.
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