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    Default NL 90L - Fridge yay, Freezer nay

    So I went camping this weekend. As usual, the day before our trip I connected the unit to 220 mains to get everything nice and cold before connecting to our aux battery in the back of the Patrol.

    What was strange was that it took the freezer (half full with deep frozen items from our deep freeze) more than 10 hours to get to -10. Didnt think too much of it although that was a lot slower than usual. Usually less than an hour with already frozen items in.

    Then we left. Arrived at camp where it was 35 degrees and the freezer had dropped to +2 during our drive although it was set to -12. But the unit was in the shade. I opened the freezer for all of 5 seconds and removed the evenings meat. Over the next 5 hours from 15:00-20:00 the freezer went to +8 while reconnected to mains 220 and on turbo. When I went to bed at 22:00 the freezer was at +7. When I woke at 6:00 it was at -6. Never opened the freezer and by 10:00 it was at +8 again and +10 by lunch.

    ALL THE WHILE the fridge side remained between +2 and +6 (set at +2) day and night and had constant frost on the wall it shares with the freezer.

    Whats going on?
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    Check the interior cooling fan on the evaporator.
    Imo if the freezer goes down to -6 when the ambient temp is low and goes up when warm it is a sign that evaporator is not being cooled down.
    To replace is easy peezy .

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    Took it in to Bushwhackers this morning. They have no idea whats wrong. They even said it may have just been too hot...as if its normal in hot temps. How do your fridge/freezers cope in hot temps?
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    It just runs longer or continues, but maintains its temps.

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    Default Re: NL 90L - Fridge yay, Freezer nay

    Quote Originally Posted by Africa_Trekker View Post
    So I went camping this weekend. As usual, the day before our trip I connected the unit to 220 mains to get everything nice and cold before connecting to our aux battery in the back of the Patrol.

    What was strange was that it took the freezer (half full with deep frozen items from our deep freeze) more than 10 hours to get to -10. Didnt think too much of it although that was a lot slower than usual. Usually less than an hour with already frozen items in.

    Then we left. Arrived at camp where it was 35 degrees and the freezer had dropped to +2 during our drive although it was set to -12. But the unit was in the shade. I opened the freezer for all of 5 seconds and removed the evenings meat. Over the next 5 hours from 15:00-20:00 the freezer went to +8 while reconnected to mains 220 and on turbo. When I went to bed at 22:00 the freezer was at +7. When I woke at 6:00 it was at -6. Never opened the freezer and by 10:00 it was at +8 again and +10 by lunch.

    ALL THE WHILE the fridge side remained between +2 and +6 (set at +2) day and night and had constant frost on the wall it shares with the freezer.

    Whats going on?

    it is unlikely that you will get this temperature fluctuation in just a few hours. It sounds like the temperature probe / sensor is faulty.
    It is cheap and easy to replace. I have the 90L double door unit and have replaced both sensors. Get them direct from NL

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    Our 90l NL suddenly stopped working a couple of weeks ago. This is a fridge which gets used 24 seven in the house as a bar fridge when not camping.
    It Just stop cooling, only a small portion of the fridge side got cool to the touch. We took it in to NL, they came back saying some or other filter was blocked. R600, a new filter and re-gas later and it is running like clockwork again.

    The fridge is just over five years old and spent most of its life in the house on 220V, I don’t know what caused this filter to block weather it was dust or something, but it’s slightly concerning since this could be a showstopper if it happens on a trip.
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    Default Re: NL 90L - Fridge yay, Freezer nay

    Quote Originally Posted by bigboy529 View Post
    Our 90l NL suddenly stopped working a couple of weeks ago. This is a fridge which gets used 24 seven in the house as a bar fridge when not camping.
    It Just stop cooling, only a small portion of the fridge side got cool to the touch. We took it in to NL, they came back saying some or other filter was blocked. R600, a new filter and re-gas later and it is running like clockwork again.

    The fridge is just over five years old and spent most of its life in the house on 220V, I don’t know what caused this filter to block weather it was dust or something, but it’s slightly concerning since this could be a showstopper if it happens on a trip.
    Update:

    Spoke to Bushwhackers, local National Luna distributor and certified repairers. They replaced the probes today as well as the thermostat with no change!

    They have now decided to ship it to SA. From the experience of good friends this means 2-3 months without a fridge! Catastrophic this time of year just as it was on our trip this weekend. Mine is only 30 months old so definitely very concerning.

    Ive been hearing of NL failures more frequently in recent times...hope they can do a solid job of repairing the fridge under warranty.
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    Default Re: NL 90L - Fridge yay, Freezer nay

    Quote Originally Posted by Africa_Trekker View Post
    Update:

    Spoke to Bushwhackers, local National Luna distributor and certified repairers. They replaced the probes today as well as the thermostat with no change!

    They have now decided to ship it to SA. From the experience of good friends this means 2-3 months without a fridge! Catastrophic this time of year just as it was on our trip this weekend. Mine is only 30 months old so definitely very concerning.

    Ive been hearing of NL failures more frequently in recent times...hope they can do a solid job of repairing the fridge under warranty.
    So the NL certified repair center here in Windheok told me that they finally replaced a “nozzle” which was clogged and my fridge should be good now. I brought it home, plugged it in empty while setting thr fridge to 2C and freezer to -16C. Just less than two hours later and this is what things look like...needless to say Im not happy. Took the freezer over 6 hours to reach set temp. Now what? NL is not responding to emails.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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    Default Re: NL 90L - Fridge yay, Freezer nay

    Quote Originally Posted by Africa_Trekker View Post
    So the NL certified repair center here in Windheok told me that they finally replaced a “nozzle” which was clogged and my fridge should be good now. I brought it home, plugged it in empty while setting thr fridge to 2C and freezer to -16C. Just less than two hours later and this is what things look like...needless to say Im not happy. Took the freezer over 6 hours to reach set temp. Now what? NL is not responding to emails.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Set both sides to something more reasonable first, and see if it reaches those temperatures. Also put some stuff in the fridge, if empty it will never reach the said temperatures. Set it to -2 and 2 or something like that, note that the freezer won’t start to cool down until the fridge has reached its set temperature, that’s how the NL 90 works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboy529 View Post
    Set both sides to something more reasonable first, and see if it reaches those temperatures. Also put some stuff in the fridge, if empty it will never reach the said temperatures. Set it to -2 and 2 or something like that, note that the freezer won’t start to cool down until the fridge has reached its set temperature, that’s how the NL 90 works.
    I have a friend also with a 90L and I asked him to start his up and monitor its progress with nothing in the fridge or freezer. First pic is where he started and second pic is 90 mins later. Why is his doing it and mine not?

    The reason this is bothering me so much is because my fridge used to cool down quickly and evenly between the fridge and freezer.
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    Default Re: NL 90L No freezer

    any update on it
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