Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 17-08-2015, 18:45   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
Boat: iRWIN 43 Mk 3
Posts: 34
Norcold DE 61 electrical hookup

I've just installed a brand new Norcold DE 61 fridge/freezer unit. After anchoring out for only 2 days the Norcold simply failed to start even though the house battery bank was only down to 12.3 volts. Ran the generator and the Norcold kicked in and remained working until house voltage was down to about 12.3 volts the next day.
I have run the power to the Norcold with 8 gauge wire from the electrical panel. Power to the entire panel comes from a battery switch with 4 gauge wire, and power to the battery switch comes from a house bank (1275 AH) through a 1 gauge wire. I've measured the voltage at each connection point along the way and.... as expected there is some voltage loss. Connections are tight and clean. Voltage never got below 11.8 at the fridge even when fridge running and when drawing power for other uses (lights, radio, water pump). Norcold claims that fridge will work until voltage gets down to 10.5 volts so I'm rather frustrated.
Norcold documentation SPECIFIES connecting the unit directly to the battery bank. I will try that and I do anticipate that situation will improve however I don't like powering things directly from the batteries. I believe that power should go though a breaker panel.
Have others encountered this problem?? If yes, what have you done to address it?
__________________
Gamechanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-08-2015, 18:53   #2
Registered User
 
bobnlesley's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Yorkshire/Back down in da islans Mon
Boat: Trident Challenger- 35 feet
Posts: 369
Re: Norcold DE 61 electrical hookup

We bought a Norcold 30 just a few weeks ago, plugged into a handy cigar-lighter socket and no joy; disconnected and re-connected via HEAVY wires to the battery and no problems since. We weren't surprised as we built a fridge unit using a Waeco unit on our last boat and found that they like short and heavy supply wires; whilst the general draw isn't too bad, they need a good supply of amps for the initial start-up of the motor.
__________________
bobnlesley is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cal, electric, electrical

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nema 2000 hookup Charlie Marine Electronics 13 20-11-2014 20:02
GX2150 hookup to opencpn hcolvin1 Navigation 5 06-11-2013 08:48
Need Help on AIS Hookup sailr69 Marine Electronics 10 12-08-2013 10:38
Basic Solar Hookup - Help! corkscrew Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 16 16-07-2009 05:56
Oil Cooler hookup on Perkins 4108 Trekka Engines and Propulsion Systems 6 13-01-2009 19:48



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:21.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.