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Old 02-10-2024, 05:12 AM   #1
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Norcold fridge. Always making noise

The fridge on my new 2024 Flying Cloud Bunkhouse seems to work fine, but it always seems to be on. I hear what appears to be three distinct sounds:

The compressor running
A fan type of sound
The gurgling of fluid

Id expect to only hear the fridge when the compressor is running. But the fan noise always seems to be on, even when I turn the fridge off with the power button. The gurgling noise seems to be going on all the time too. Not necessarily related to the compressor running. I assume that. Lise is refrigerant draining from the coils.

As far as I can tell, this is exactly the same fridge as my 2021 Globetrotter had. But I dont recall the old one being as noisy.
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Old 02-10-2024, 06:41 AM   #2
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Is there something mounted under/behind the fridge? Like maybe your power converter or inverter?

I ask because they also have fans and if they're running you'll likely not be able to tell their fan noise from the fridge's fan.

Also, did your 2021 Globetrotter have an all-electric 12vdc compressor fridge or was it a propane fridge? The propane fridges (absorption fridges) are typically silent as they have no moving parts. The all electric units are going to make sounds that an absorption fridge won't.

A better question to ask is if there is any difference in the real-time power consumption with your fridge on and off? If you have a shunt battery monitor you should be able to see the difference immediately on the display.
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Old 02-10-2024, 07:08 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure it's normal. I don't hear it anymore, and at night, press the nighttime mode, and the compressor stays off/quiet.
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Old 02-10-2024, 08:03 AM   #4
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I'm pretty sure it's normal. I don't hear it anymore, and at night, press the nighttime mode, and the compressor stays off/quiet.
Concur.
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Old 02-10-2024, 10:08 AM   #5
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Totally normal.
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Old 02-10-2024, 10:35 AM   #6
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Do the new compressor fridges have the ventilation fan on the coils. That might not be wired to the fridge power
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Old 02-10-2024, 10:49 AM   #7
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Have a 2023 that makes the same, annoying gurgling noise, supposedly normal. Do not have fan noise.
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Old 02-10-2024, 03:58 PM   #8
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I installed the norcold n10dc and thought it was working hard what seemed like all the time. I was working on another issue accidentally pushed on the fan housing and it quieted down. So I tightened the fan housing and the fan continued to run but it was much quieter and no longer sounds like it working overtime. We regularly turn it to night mode too quiet it down seems to keep temperature regardless of night mode or not.
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Old 02-11-2024, 04:40 AM   #9
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The globetrotter had the same compressor fridge. No sure where the converter/inverter is, it could be the fans from that. Sounds from other responses this is normal. Just sounds different from the old one.

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Is there something mounted under/behind the fridge? Like maybe your power converter or inverter?

I ask because they also have fans and if they're running you'll likely not be able to tell their fan noise from the fridge's fan.

Also, did your 2021 Globetrotter have an all-electric 12vdc compressor fridge or was it a propane fridge? The propane fridges (absorption fridges) are typically silent as they have no moving parts. The all electric units are going to make sounds that an absorption fridge won't.

A better question to ask is if there is any difference in the real-time power consumption with your fridge on and off? If you have a shunt battery monitor you should be able to see the difference immediately on the display.
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Old 02-27-2024, 09:13 PM   #10
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Hi, It's been a while since I've posted, I no longer have my beloved 1969 Overlander.

I do however have a new Norcold 12VDC compressor refrigerator.

The OEM 18 cu ft Norcold Absorption 2118 refrigerator was replaced with a N20DC. This is the first time using it.

Initially it was quite, to the point that I was not sure it was running. It got louder after a few days running. IT does gurgle at times. It is no louder than the fans on the old 2118 though.

It keeps the freezer much colder (average -1) and keeps the refrigerator section an average 38 degrees, both set to 5. I am surprised how low the power draw is. So overall, it seems pretty good.

One problem I am having is with the freezer bottom drawer. When opened and closed, It cannot be opened again for 3 to 5 minutes!
Anyone else experiencing a problem like that? Any suggested remedies?

To add to the annoyance, it sounds an E4 alarm (door opened longer than 2 minutes), even though all doors are closed (and the freezer, held tight, cannot be opened).

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