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Old 07-26-2007, 02:24 AM   #1
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The pilot lights on my fridge but that's it.

I have a Norcold fridge from 1960. I finally found the pilot light. It has a red button on the front. When held down the pilot lights and the fridge lights. Once you take your finger off the red button the fridge goes out. No more blue flame. I've tried holding the button for 5 mintutes. Any ideas? Thanks
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Old 07-26-2007, 08:02 AM   #2
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See my recent post on a very similar subject "fixed it x2". Sounds like a bad thermocouple. Could also be a bad safety valve. The consensus is if the fridge is not leaking ammonia it's probably worth fixing. If you need someone else to fix it there's a guy in PA who specializes in rebuilding old fridges. Snyder's RV.
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I have a Norcold fridge from 1960. I finally found the pilot light. It has a red button on the front. When held down the pilot lights and the fridge lights. Once you take your finger off the red button the fridge goes out. No more blue flame. I've tried holding the button for 5 mintutes. Any ideas? Thanks
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I agree with Marshall. My first inclination would be a bad thermocouple. It could also be dirty or mis-aligned. The T/couple should be located in the pilot flame to allow it to react to the heat of the pilot and have no rust or scale on it. I would remove the burner section and thoroughly clean everything, then re-install it and see if it works.

You can also check the gas valve by applying 12 VDC directly to the contacts. If you hear a click....it's probably working.

Try these and let us know how you make out.
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:23 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input...I'll sic my husband on it tomorrow. I hope it's an easy fix, unlike what you've been thru, Marshall. We'll let you know how it turns out.
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We just had the control board on our Dometic replaced for essentially the same reason. Our fridge didn't have a thermo-couple - check to see if yours does. Apparently some do and some don't.
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