Norcold RV Refrigerator – Read This Before Buying Anything

Last updated on May 20th, 2021 at 12:15 pm. Originally published on April 5th, 2015

This post was updated last on September 21st, 2017.

Colder. Bigger. Lighter.

Colder Performance. Bigger Capacity. Lighter Weight. That’s what Norcold RV Refrigerators offer!

Norcold is the leading manufacturer of RV gas/electric absorption refrigerators in the country and has been making RV refrigerators since 1959. These RV refrigerators are some of the quietest refrigerators made. That can be quite important when you’re listening to nature and trying to relax!


They have been designed for many years of trouble-free service. If you’re looking for a high-quality refrigerator, you might want to take a look at what a Norcold RV refrigerator has to offer. They are manufactured by the Thetford Company, which is based in Sidney, Ohio.

Planning an off-road trip, with miles and miles of bumpy roads? Go for it! Norcold has over 50 years of experience in design and manufacture. The Norcold RV fridge is built tough, to endure the demands of those bumpy, uneven, off-road trips. So enjoy your travels, knowing you won’t have to worry about your fridge while taking those adventurous out-of-the-way trips.

Norcold refrigerators are smart too! They automatically switch to propane when you’re no longer using an electric source. The RV refrigerators that Norcold makes, have been designed for ease of use. Now, that’s one smart fridge!

Norcold RV refrigerators use a gas absorption unit in their refrigerators. These units are produced in the United States. Gas absorption units? What’s that you say? Gas absorption uses a heat source, which provides the energy needed to produce the cooling. Check out the diagram below for a better understanding of how this works.

Absorption Diagram
Absorption Diagram

Is your Norcold RV Refrigerator not cooling, or not getting cold enough? You can do your own Norcold RV refrigerator troubleshooting quite easily.  These refrigerators were designed to work better in higher ambient temps. The most important thing to remember is that to keep your fridge running cool, they work best if they’re level. They operate by using gravity. If it’s really hot outside they can have a hard time working, and keeping cool, as they need good airflow to work properly.  Check the thermistor (thermostat resistor).  You can do this by testing it yourself. It’s located inside the fridge, by the light. Turn the temp as low as it can go, and disconnect the thermistor. If the refrigerator begins cooling, then the thermistor is most likely damaged. Norcold RV refrigerator parts are sold at most camping outlets, and RV supply stores. Do-it-yourself-ers can check Norcold’s Amazon store for parts that are available online.

Norcold has also put together a recall hotline for their refrigerators. The Norcold RV refrigerator recall website lists models that may be affected.

If service is needed, you can find Norcold RV refrigerator repair service facilities at RV dealerships nationwide.

Norcold offers many different models for whatever your particular needs may be. With all that these refrigerators have to offer, it’s easy to see why they’re one of the best RV refrigerators on the market. Which one is best? The best RV refrigerator Norcold sells is the one that best fits your needs.

You can find the Norcold RV refrigerator for sale at Amazon and on Norcold’s website.

So, do your homework, and read up as to why Norcold RV refrigerators are at the top of the list!

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