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Ive been talking with a close friend at home about his Norcold not working in his 2000 LX. He had been to the Table Rock lake all last week and just got home Sunday. He called and told me he had the NO CO code and ask what it was since the box wasnt cooling. I dont know much about RV Refers so looked up the code and gave him the link. He called yesterday and told me the propane wasnt lighting after doing a had reset. Then he tore into the control board and found nothing but was able to do a reset and the code went away but it was still not cooling. He did some more checking and the vent pipe was hot. I told him it was probably the electric heating element. He decided to leave the AC on to see if it would cool. Went in the house, got ready for bed and then had second thoughts. As soon as he opened the door from the house he smelled something and knew it wasnt good. Got around to the door vent and a good size flame was coming out the vent tube at the bottom. There was a strong smell of ammonia. He and his wife were able to put the flame out with two bottles of water and a fire extinguisher. If he had been just a few minutes later his LX would have been gone. He is not a member but Randy and I both work on him to share. He is a busy guy. He did send me a picture last night
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So what causes something like this and is it preventable?

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No reason not to change over to house type units these days.
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Ive been talking with a close friend at home about his Norcold not working in his 2000 LX. He had been to the Table Rock lake all last week and just got home Sunday. He called and told me he had the NO CO code and ask what it was since the box wasnt cooling. I dont know much about RV Refers so looked up the code and gave him the link. He called yesterday and told me the propane wasnt lighting after doing a had reset. Then he tore into the control board and found nothing but was able to do a reset and the code went away but it was still not cooling. He did some more checking and the vent pipe was hot. I told him it was probably the electric heating element. He decided to leave the AC on to see if it would cool. Went in the house, got ready for bed and then had second thoughts. As soon as he opened the door from the house he smelled something and knew it wasnt good. Got around to the door vent and a good size flame was coming out the vent tube at the bottom. There was a strong smell of ammonia. He and his wife were able to put the flame out with two bottles of water and a fire extinguisher. If he had been just a few minutes later his LX would have been gone. He is not a member but Randy and I both work on him to share. He is a busy guy. He did send me a picture last night
If he smelled ammonia, there is a tube rupture somewhere in the cooling coil. Both Norcold and Dometic began using thinner tubes in th 90’s to save some money.

Speaking from personal experience, he was very fortunate.

I hope he replaces it with a household type fridge. Definitely not another Norcold. I know it might be cheaper to get a new cooling coil, and if he did the recalls Norcold might help, but I hope he sees what the future could hold if he did. I got a brand new fridge from them, and still had issues.
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From what I can see in the picture it appears to be the propane burner nozzle. Sometimes crud will get in the propane solenoid and it will not fully close causing the propane to continiually leak. This can also happen with the water heater and propane heater. It is a good idea to check these valves to make sure they are operating properly and not leaking. I shut off the gas to those devices when I do not need them, especially when traveling down the road.
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No reason not to change over to house type units these days.

There are a number of reasons not to change over to a house type unit.

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Maybe you could enlighten me, I'm drawing a blank.
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I agree Tom there are a number of reasons not to change to house type unit and then there is the big reason to make the change.


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