Norcold and Dometic RV Refrigerator Reset (How to Guide)

Whether it is a power surge or some other issue, there will be times that your RV’s fridge will need resetting. It doesn’t matter the brand, it will happen at some point in time. Knowing how to reset your fridge will save you both time and money as you do not need a repairman to do the job.

For the Norcold fridge, you may only have to turn the power off and back on again to reset it. But for the Dometic, and depending on the model of Dometic, you will have a reset switch somewhere near the top of your fridge or freezer.

To learn more details about resetting your RV’s fridge just continue to read our article. It has the information you need in order to do the job without calling a repairman and driving up your expenses.

Is There a Reset Button On a Camper Refrigerator?


This will depend on the model of your refrigerator. Some models have a reset button and others do not. Then newer models of fridges may only require the simple pushing the power button off and then back on to reset it.

The best way to see if there is a reset button on your camper fridge is to check your owner’s manual. There should be a diagram of all the important parts in your fridge so you should find it easily, if there is one.

How to Reset a Camper Refrigerator

This is probably going to be the simplest task you can perform on a fridge repair if you have the right model. All you have to do is press the reset button if it has one or press the on-off switch twice to get the fridge back to default settings.

Some models will not have a button to reset the fridge and when that is the case, you will have to do it manually. The more recent versions of fridges have buttons to push to reset the fridge.

Finding Reset Button on RV Fridge


The best place to look for your reset button will be your owner’s manual. Since every brand is different, you need the correct manual to find the position of the power or reset button. The reason for this is that those locations can be tricky.

Sometimes the reset process is complicated as it takes some wires to do the job if there is no reset button to push. Also, looking in the owner’s manual is the best place to go as every model is different and the instructions to reset the fridge should be included in the content.

How do You Reset a Dometic RV Refrigerator?

One aspect about this brand of RV fridge is that pushing the on and off button is not going to do the job for you. There are separate reset buttons on different Dometic Fridges and you have to find and push those if you are going to get your fridge back to normal again.

All you have to do is find the reset button and push it. Once you do you should be back in business again.

Dometic RV Refrigerator Reset Button


One of the problems with the Dometic brand is that the company places the reset button in different locations in different models. The most common location is inside the fridge section of the refrigerator.

Some models have it in the freezer section and then the two or three-way models should be reset by flicking the circuit breaker off and then back on again. Your owner’s manual is going to be your most important tool in this situation if you have not done this process before.

How do I Reset My Norcold RV Refrigerator?

In many cases, the Norcold RV fridge can be reset using the power button. Just flick it off for a few minutes and then turn it back on. Usually, the time you need to have the fridge off is between 3 to 5 minutes and your food should not be ruined during this process.

Resetting the circuit board of the control panel will be a lot tougher, require some removal of wires, and using some handy tools. It is a little more complicated than resetting the fridge.

Norcold RV Refrigerator Reset Button


Generally, there is no reset button on a Norcold RV fridge. The power button is the reset button and you may have success by leaving the fridge off for up to 5 minutes before turning it back on.

When you do the reset manually, there is a long process to follow and it involves disconnecting and reconnecting the wires several times before you are done. That process can be found on this website.

Norcold RV Refrigerator Reset With Magnet

The first step in the process is to NOT turn our fridge off. keep it running and go outside of your RV and find the fridge compartment. Once you find that look for the recall box with the glowing red light on it.

If the light is off or flashing the magnet will not help you. After finding the box, locate the clips and remove them gently. You do not want to break them. Lift the cover off and look for the reed switch which is on the control board just above an LED light.

Hold the magnet on the reed switch till you hear a click. After hearing the click check your fridge to make sure it is running again. Wait about 15 minutes before placing the recall box back in its place.

Some Final Words

If there is a reset button or a simple power button, then resetting your Dometic or Norcold fridge will be a piece of cake. But, locating those switches or doing the reset manually can be a bit more difficult.

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