2001 Norcold DE-461 Fridge Cycling

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by ZZ13, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Last week I work up and found the factory original Norcold DE-461 cycling. The compressor was running continuously but would turn off and back on instantly every couple of seconds. I also noticed I had left the fridge door ajar all night while I slept. So I turned it off for a couple of hours, which defrosted it, and turned it back on. No change. Setting was at "4" of "5". I then turned the knob back slowly to see what happened and at "2" it changed to a 50% duty cycle, turning on for 15 seconds and then turning off for 15 seconds. So I left it that way and it has been working like that for a week now. It's keeping the fridge useable, but obviously not ideal. Is it at all possible this is something simple (like power supply internal part, or connection or easy to replace sensor, etc) or did the compressor get damaged and I should just buy a new one? Its been a great fridge. Kept everything nice and cold and the freezer worked great as well.
  2. scooper321

    scooper321 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    "Lollygagger" 2003 Sundancer 320, Simrad NSS2 Evo9
    Twin 5.7L Horizon Mercruiser (350 MAG MPI) V-drives

    Did you get a solution? My galley fridge is behaving the same way now in my 2003 320DA.

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