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Old 10-08-2014, 11:58 AM   #1
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Norcold DE-0061 Refrigerator

The unit I have is 7 years old. It is very noisey, works well as far as keeping things cold. It cycles on and off every 4 or 5 minutes. That said I removed unit, got to the back side, checked for problems. Pancake fan found to be inop. It is a 24 volt fan on a 12 volt system, don't know why they did it that way. Other than that, a couple of slightly loose screws, all seems good. Any ideas on quieting this unit. New fan on the way. Thanks DS
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:54 PM   #2
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I believe the power supply on those units ups the 12V - the fan may run on that internally generated voltage.

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We quieted our noisy, inefficient Nevercold by giving it the deep six and replaced it with a very quiet Vitrifrigo double drawer unit.
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The unit I have is 7 years old. It is very noisey, works well as far as keeping things cold. It cycles on and off every 4 or 5 minutes. Any ideas on quieting this unit. New fan on the way. Thanks DS
I just replaced my old Not So Cold with a new DE0061 this summer. The old Norcold was much louder, lots of compressor noise and vibration. I wouldn't have bought another Norcold, except mine is built into a cabinet and nothing else would fit the hole.

I don't know if they changed the design over the last 7 years. . . But the new fridge is very quiet, the fan is the only sound you can hear and you have to listen closely to hear it and so far I'm very happy with the unit.

Like you say, when set at 4 or 5 it does run at 5 minute intervals. Maybe the new fan will be quieter than your old one??

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Old 10-08-2014, 05:06 PM   #5
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We have a very old Norcold on Poach--it could even be the original. It keeps food and beverage cold, the freezer keeps frozen things frozen and it is very quiet. That said, I thought Vetrifrigo or maybe it was Dometic made its box the same size as the NC.
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We quieted our noisy, inefficient Nevercold by giving it the deep six and replaced it with a very quiet Vitrifrigo double drawer unit.
Same here. Like David, we found that the best sound insulation was millions of cubic feet of salt water.
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Same here. Like David, we found that the best sound insulation was millions of cubic feet of salt water.
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:48 AM   #8
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The Norcold steps the DC up to about 32V , and the house current down to abbout 32V.

Hence the 24V fan , which doesnt mind the extra voltage.
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With reefer running, my meter shows house voltage, 13 volts or so on the circuit that feeds the fan... That is why I wondered about the 24 volt fan. I figured that it might just be to have a slower fan, for less noise. The replacement that,is coming is a 12 volt. When this finally dies, I will be looking at NovaKool. DS
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Just installed a new DE 0061, it has the Danfoss compressor and is nearly silent in operation. I also have a cabinet that it goes in and the Norcold was the only unit I could find that would fit. So far I'am very pleased with it.
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:51 AM   #11
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>it has the Danfoss compressor and is nearly silent in operation.<

These are the best , far better than the old Norcold unit.

Should be in ANY fridge chosen.

Of course when the 25 year old unit is still chugging away , its hard to scrap...
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