Things You'll Need
2-inch by 4-inch board
Always unplug the Norcold appliance from the electric outlet before attempting to remove the heating element.
Norcold appliances, such as refrigerators, are designed to be used inside RVs and other travel vehicles. Occasionally, the heating element in the refrigerator will wear out from usage, requiring that it be removed in order to be repaired. Removing the heating element involves taking the back off the refrigerator and pulling the cooling unit out of the appliance. You can remove the heating element yourself in about an hour or two.
Close the gas shutoff valve from the propane tank in the RV to the Norcold refrigerator and unplug the unit from the electrical outlet. Detach the propane line from the appliance with an open-end wrench.
Unfasten the 12-volt electrical wire from the back of the refrigerator with a screwdriver and place electrical tape around the ends of the wire to keep it from shocking anyone. Remove the screws in the back that secure the refrigerator to the floor and pull the appliance out of the cabinet.
Remove the screws on the inside of the refrigerator that are holding the doors on and lift the doors off the front of the appliance. Unfasten the screws on the back of the refrigerator and take the back panel off the appliance.
Set the refrigerator down gently on its face and place a board across the back to protect the cooling coils when you are removing the cooling unit. Slide a pry bar against the board and under the large tube to gently lift the cooling unit and remove it from the refrigerator.
Slide the baffles out of the cooling unit and remove the heating element from the baffles with a screwdriver.
Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.