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Fridge Thermistor Upgrade (7/24/2013)

Dinosaur Adjustable Thermistor

Dinosaur Adjustable Thermistor

Even with all the fans (internal and external) that I added to our Dometic NDR1292 fridge and the fridge’s temp control maxed out at “5”, the inside temperature still hovered around 40° F — the top end of the safe fridge temperatures.

So I looked into ways to bring the temp down and found two methods that use an adjustable thermistor. In a Dometic NDR1292 (and other models), a thermistor mounted on the cooling fins is used by the fridge to determine how cold it is. The thermistor used inside our Dometic NDR1292 is “fixed”, that is, the thermistor resistance is not adjustable.

The two methods I discovered change our Dometic’s fixed thermistor into an adjustable one that allows you to change the temperature. Specifically, both fixes allow you to lower the temp inside the fridge beyond the original settings.

The first fix, called Snip-The-Tip, required removing the end of the original thermistor and then attaching a new adjustable thermistor. This looked appealing at first, but I wanted something less “invasive”.

The other fridge fix from Dinosaur Electronics is a Thermistor Adjustor that connects between the original thermistor and the fridge’s control board — so there’s no cutting or splicing.

To install, I turned off the fridge, removed the cover from the black box control board, unplugged the connection to the original thermistor, and then connected the Dinosaur Thermistor Adjustor to the original thermistor and to the control board. That’s it — besides setting the “Colder”/”Warmer” dial. (I set mine to maximum cold.)

Dinosaur Install

Dinosaur Install

Finally, the “proof is in the pudding” and after a day of letting the fridge temp adjust, the “new” temp inside our Dometic was 34° F:

Fridge Temp after Dinosaur Installation

Fridge Temp after Dinosaur Installation

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mary H. #

    How accurate is the Taylor thermometer? See my email Tom.
    Mary

    July 25, 2013
    • Consumer Reports rates it highly — that’s why I bought it.

      July 25, 2013
  2. Jerry Curtis #

    We have a Dometic NDR1062 fridge which has outside controls adjustable from 1-5. Can/should this item be used on our model?

    August 20, 2013

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