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Are lights on inside the refrigerator? let me know.

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 21, 2011


Here is a tip that I wrote about refrigerators and the fan noise that they develop sometimes...

Refrigerator Fan Noise


Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 19, 2011

OK I will give you a try and see if I can help. Kenmore is a Sears Brand name as you already know. What happens is Sears call their models something different than the number I or you need to make a parts search. Click Here=> Sears Kenmore model Number Prefix and complete Model Number As you see in the photo about mid page the sample number is 795.78753800 so the prefix is in this case a 795 LG Electronics Refrigerator. Once you locate that number I will want you to unplug refrigerator and pull away from wall. Remove the lower cover over the compressor area to expose compressor, condenser fan and condenser coil. Fill the top of your compressor to see if warm, hot or too hot to keep your hand on top of refrigerators compressor. If too hot to keep hand there leave unplugged until compressor cools enough to open the cover on the terminal box on the side and we need to do some test from there. Click here=> How to test a Compressor for Burnout
Down on this Page Almost at Bottom. Don't worry this is only a windings test so you get an idea of what to look for.I want you to open freezer door and feel to make sure fans are running while compressor runs. I will await your response, Thanks, Sea Breeze

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 15, 2011


Here is a tip that I wrote about the reasons why ice makers do not work.

Ice Maker Problems and Ice Maker Troubleshooting


Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 14, 2011


There can be many reasons why your refrigerator is freezing your food. To see what could be happening and to figure out how to possibly fix your problem. Take a look at this tip which contains many of the causes and solutions to fix the problems.

Refrigerator is Too Cold and Freezing Food


Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 14, 2011

yes it is possible that your defrost timer is stuck. if u can turn it and it comes on then u need to chage it. try that ok.

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 13, 2011

You can but be aware if you use spray paint, the over spray may get into the ice box and onto the liner. Been there done that. It would be best to remove the doors but that is a lot of trouble. If you use a high quality paint like BLP brand rustoleum and thin it a bit using paint thinner, you can actually brush it on but you will still be able to tell it was brushed on. Some people do like that though, looks antiqued. To me its tacky. No pun intended.

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Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 10, 2011

If compressor is working then you have a leak in the sealed system/ you need special equitment to find a leak best to leave that to the pro's//one question is there major frost buildup in the freezer at the back of unit?

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 07, 2011

As per this it indicates that the ventilations are getting blocked after few hours.First the air was flowing from damper but after one hour it stopped flowing air from damper.Check the damper if there is too much water collected in the damper then press the damper and remove the water collected in it.------------ The working procedure of this Kenmore side by side refrigerator is as follows: --- The compressor starts then it cools the freezer section. When the freezer reaches its cooling level the defrost cycle starts functioning. In this cycle the fan in the freezer section starts running and the cool air in the freezer section is passed to the fridge section and the fresh food section gets cold. The air from freezer to fridge passes from the section, in that section the damper is located. Now this problem which you mentioned. In this problem the freezer thaws, this happens if the thermostat is not functioning or the heater is not heating. Then the ice starts getting collected on the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is at the internal section of freezer. If too much ice gets collected then this ice blocks the fan in the freezer section from functioning and this blocks the damper section with ice getting collected there. This all procedure is controlled by the main defrost board of the unit. Now if the damper is not got blocked with too much water or if the ice is not got collected on the damper area then check the evaporator coils. If there is too much ice got collected on the coils, then takes a hair dryer and melt the collected ice. Then see if the problem returns again. But if there is little bit ice collected on the coils and fan is running properly then it's not a problem. In that case main board is faulty and it has to be replaced. The main defrost board is working but its not controlling the functions as required so the freezer thaws after few hours.---------

You can get required parts from sears part direct online site or from repairclinic.com site.
To test defrost thermostat you can test this way:---
The defrost thermostat is difficult to test since many refrigerators use different fixed temperature settings and unless you have a very accurate temperature test device the test will not provide proper results. Now you can take the defrost thermostat out of the unit and place the element only in a glass of ice water. When the element is cold it should have continunity between the two wires.------ The meter should not show a reading if the thermostat is turned off. If a reading appears, replace the thermostat.
When the thermostat is turned on, the meter should indicate "0" ohm or .3 or .2 on a digital readout. If it does not appear as "0" ohm or .3 or .2, replace thermostat.Turn the thermostat on and place each probe on either side of the thermostat so meter reads "0" ohm or .2 ohm digital. Put water and some ice in the cup. Temperature should be 32 degrees. If, after four minutes, the meter does not reflect infinite or .0000 on the digital meter open circuit, replace the thermostat.----If thermostat checked out ok then check defrost heater connection.The defrost heater is connected to the side of evaporator coil in the freezer section.If this defrost heater is faulty then it will not melt the ice getting collected on the evaporator coil and due to that defrost system will not be able to function as required.Remove the wire for one side of the heating element from the wiring and measure it for continuity, usually around 20 ohms or so.-----------
Now to see where defrost heater is located.Please click on this link below and see part number 14 on the diagram.And part number 15 is evaporator coil.And part number 21 is thermostat.


This will help. Thanks. Helpmech.

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 04, 2011

Your water line could be frozen in the door. You can disconnect the line under the unit before it goes into the door at the bottom hinge. Push the dispenser button and see if it comes out there. If it does leave the door open till it thaws. Covering the opening with a blanket will prevent the loss of cold in the freezer. . GE makes a heater that will prevent this from happening again. The part number for this heater is WR49X10173.

disconnect the line to the water dispenser at the water inlet valve on the back where the water supply comes in and try the dispenser. if you hear the valve work but water doesn't come out, the valve is bad. If you don't hear the valve, the dispenser switch is bad

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 03, 2011


Welcome to FixYa.

I suspect by your description the fridge either has a faulty overload protector or the compressor itself is seized. Hence when the overload reset's it try's to start, however the overload then trips and the stops while the compressor never starts, thus you hear it "clicking" and not cooling.

If you feel like you can trouble shoot further I`ve provided the following info to assist you or you may decide to call a professional appliance technician as I would suggest.

I don`t know the age of your fridge, but I should mention...

** Most of the manufacturers of fridges have 5 to 10 years sealed system warranty which would include the compressor but not the electrical starting devices i.e., the overload & relay.
Check your owners manual, it is the ultimate authority on warranty no matter what anyone else tells you according to the manufacturer and Sears for whom I am employed.**

If you have a multi- meter you can check the compressor to see if the windings are ok.

**First, Unplug the fridge**

Remove the panel at the back down at the bottom. This should gain you access to the compressor.

On the side of the compressor will be the start relay/overload assembly such as this image...it may be enclosed in a black plastic cover as well.


Pull off the relay & overload and you'll see 3 pins in the form of a triangle...

With a meter measure between any 2 pins at one time, going between each pin with one remaining on a "common" pin.

You'll want 3 measurement's, similar to this example- 6ohms, 3ohms, and 9ohms.

On some meters you may simply get a reading of "0" ohms, as long as the needle moves off of "infinity" which would indicate an "open" winding=not good !

If following that, the readings are good, purchase a hard start kit. Part # HS410 also known as a 3in1 starter kit.



The above package contains info and hardware on how to connect it.

NOTE : the HS410 ( 3 in 1 ) should be considered just a temporary "fix" as opposed to an actual "repair" in should not be relied on for long term reliability or safety, but rather thefactory replacemnet, double check with your model number.

Hope that help`s move you forward if nothing else. If so please take a second and rate the reply and a testimony to your inquiry you received here at FixYa.

Thank you and good luck.


Macmarkus :)

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 03, 2011

the wall between F & R should be warm but not too hot .. in the wall is a tube ( line that has hot gas in it and it warms this wall . this stoes it from sweating . and kees the gasket area dry . but when it gets too hot this is a sing that the fan underneath or the coils are dirt and not cooling properly // so ck the fan and clean the coils . every 3 to 6 months .. mm hope this helps with your problem .. feed back pls ..

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Feb 01, 2011

It's common problem. Freezer fan hitting over ice formation behind freezer. It is due to non defrost problem.

Keep thermostat temp must be 5 degree and check timer and thermostat are working properly. Unplug your fridge and after all defrost icing, start again. If still noise behind freezer, check fan leaves are broken. If so replace it.thanks.

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Jan 31, 2011


Check out these tips...they can help you figure out what is going wrong with your refrigerator and why it is not cooling

Refrigerator not Cooling or Fridge not Cooling

How to Defrost Refrigerator Defrost Timer Problem

Water Running in refrigerator from Freezer

Refrigerator or Freezer not Cooling or Getting Cold


Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Jan 30, 2011


Many times a freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong.

If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor

Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay

Refrigerator or Freezer not Cooling or Getting Cold


Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Jan 30, 2011

unplug the unit for 5 minutes and plug in again and see if it clears the memory and resets

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Jan 25, 2011


If your refrigerator cooling doesn't seem to be working well, and you have no idea what to look for in troubleshooting your problem, there are some things you can do to try to figure out your problem without paying a serviceman to come into your home.

Most new refrigerators come with automatic defrosters. Although this is a standard feature the drain hole in the defrosting assembly can get clogged with debris, lime, or even ice. If this happens the defrost will not work and there will be a build-up of ice in your freezer that begins to block the freon from flowing properly and causing heat to react improperly and cause your refrigerator to stop cooling.

Freon systems in a refrigerator are closed systems but on occasion you may need a recharge. Refrigerators use R-134a freon, just like in an automobile. The old R-12 freon is no longer available, so if you have an older model of refrigerator you will not be able to obtain the freon, and it will be recommended that you replace that refrigerator.

The seals that are on the door of the refrigerator and freezer can dry rot with time. When you begin to see the seals cracking or warping, if your refrigerator opens more easily than before, or if you see the the door does not close fully without pushing on the door then the gaskets around the doors will need to be replaced. They are held in place by clips and the replacement is an easy fix.
Holes in Lines

Let's face it, many people find ice in their freezer or the back of their refrigerator and will try some self-help without knowledge. They will grab a knife or fork and start chipping away at the ice. This is extremely dangerous. There is a great risk of puncturing a hole in the freon lines by stabbing at the ice. Since freon has the purpose of cooling most ice collects the thickest on the inside of the walls with the freon lines right behind the plastics. A better method of removing the ice is to empty your refrigerator, turn it off and leave the door open. If you want to speed up the process you can turn on a blow dryer and aim it at the edges of the ice. If you aim at the edges you will warm up the ice and create warm water which will flow down and help to separate the ice panel from the wall.
Uneven Refrigerator

If a refrigerator is not even on the floor it may not close properly. Rock your refrigerator and see if it seems to topple from one foot to another. The feet on a refrigerator can be adjusted by screwing in or out and leveling each foot individually until they are all even.
Non-Problem Warming

If your home is hot your refrigerator will work harder. If you put a lot of food in your refrigerator and freezer, your coolant will have to work harder, and it will seem to take longer to cool. It is just that there is a lot of food that is trying to freeze or maintain cool temperatures.
Hope this helpout...

Kenmore 53642 /... | Answered on Jan 25, 2011

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