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Our 2005 era Norcold 1200 cooling unit has failed. Anybody have experience with "Nordic" replacement cooling units. Do not want to go to residential.

Thanks -Drew

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There's a company in AR that offers guts replacements (burner, boiling tank, condensor, lines, etc.).  They can replace in house or ship for DIY.

http://ozarkcoolingunits.com/

They even have a video that makes it look easy.

How is your unit failing?  Ours (Norcold 1200) performs marginally maintaining 40F on AC but averages 45-50F on propane, and this is springtime weather.  I do a lot of gen-free boondocking. 

Keep us posted!

Best,

- bob

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Don't know about Nordic replacement but you might also consider JC Refrigeration in Indiana. 

I just ordered mine and will replace my Norcold 1200 with a 12volt compressor cooler shortly.

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I used RV cooling units. Spent the money for the more expensive unit about 5 years ago. Glad I did works great.  Not a hard job putting it in. Just a little time consuming.

https://rvcoolingunit.com/-Norcold-1200-Cooling-Unit-PKG-w2-AC-elements-2-Fans-wfan-switch-pkg-built-by-the-Amish-P2434108.aspx

Built a dolly to slide the fridge out on to. A little help from my wife to slide the unit out and reinstall it. Just take your time with it. Customer service was assume. 

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I was able to have all replaced 2 years ago on my 2004 PDQ. Been working well since.

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I bought and installed the JC Refrigeration on my Norcold 1200 and my friends Norcold 1200. The second install was easier. Both are working very well. I have to limit my temperature setting to 3 so my fridge does not freeze my eggs. JC Refrigeration provided great support and videos.

Word to the wise: If you are trying to cut up your old refrigerator back (plumbing apparatus)- ensure all the yellow ammonia is leaked out. I thought mine was and it was quite a stinky shock when I cut into the coolant tube and yellow gas sprayed out!

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HA!  I went out to turn off the battery operated fan inside the fridge and discovered the fridge was dead as a stone.  😵

Went outside and discovered a red LED lit inside the fridge bay ! 😵😵

After hunting around on the internet for a while I discovered the magnet-reset-Norcold trick.

All is well,

- bob

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I have a recently removed system from a norcold 1200lrim. It was working fine when I took it out. Pm me if you’re interested. I’ll give you a fair price 

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Thanks for all the feedback. Decided to go with the "Nordic" cooling system, 2 year warranty. I'll post on how the changeout goes and how it performs. 

 

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Is this what you are thinking of? 

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Here's another one. 

 

 

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13 hours ago, William said:

Bob,

What exactly is  "the magnet-reset-Norcold trick" just curious I may need to trouble shoot someday. Thanks 

It's explained in the videos but basically there's a safety recall for when Norcolds exceed 800F they don't burn down the coach.  The recall is an add-on mod that shuts the fridge down completely.  No codes, no display, no power, no fridge light (1st clue).  Not having or by-passing the recall mod could be catastrophic (fire, death, etc). 

Here's an info sheet with a handy troubleshooting chart - https://norcold.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/635412E-SB_1200_1210_BoilerLeakCheck.pdf

Best,

- bob

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On 5/4/2021 at 3:10 PM, drewat2 said:

Thanks for all the feedback. Decided to go with the "Nordic" cooling system, 2 year warranty. I'll post on how the changeout goes and how it performs. 

 

JC Refrigeration is 3 yrs warranty, additional 3 yrs for $125.00. Total 6yrs.

Terry

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We had JC Refrigeration put in the Helium filled replacement 5 years ago. Has performed flawlessly ever since. Wish he had the 12 or 120 volt compressor back then, I might have went that route.

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Change my Never cold to JC refrigeration 120V 3 years ago. Has worked flawlessly. I did buy thr 3 year extended warranty for $125. 

Just for added info : This set up only pulls 1 to 2 amps and does not need to be level. 

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On 5/5/2021 at 8:51 AM, cbr046 said:

It's explained in the videos but basically there's a safety recall for when Norcolds exceed 800F they don't burn down the coach.  The recall is an add-on mod that shuts the fridge down completely.  No codes, no display, no power, no fridge light (1st clue).  Not having or by-passing the recall mod could be catastrophic (fire, death, etc). 

Here's an info sheet with a handy troubleshooting chart - https://norcold.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/635412E-SB_1200_1210_BoilerLeakCheck.pdf

Best,

- bob

Got it..thanks Bob

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