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Freezer is not freezing and refridgerator is not cold enough

Everything in the freezer is thawing out and the refridgerator is not cold enough WE HAVE A KENMORE SIDE BY SIDE FRIDGE AND THE LIGHT IS ON AND THE FAN IS RUNNING. THE FREEZER IS DEFORSTING AND THE FRIDGE WON'T STAY COOL. THERE IS NO WATER LEAKING OUT.

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Thanks for posting your problem to this forum.
Please check inside the wall of the freezer on it s back for frost buildup. If there is any frost, the defrost system is not working and the coil inside the back wall is frozen over stopping air circulation to the refrigerator. Defrost system has a electronic or thermostatic timer that switches a heating element on to melt down the frost and also got a switch that shuts off the heaters when the coil is warm enough for all ice to be melted.
If you have the frost, locate the defrost timer and turn the clutch head screw clockwise SLOWLY until you hear one audible click, the compressor will shut off and the system will be in defrost.
After about 20 minutes the refrigerator should start automatically. If it does not start after 25 Minutes turn the timer screw again to get the second click. Refrigerator will then start. Replace the timer. If it restarts after around 20 minute but does not defrost either the heater or the thermostat in the defrost system is out of order. Check to make sure freezer fan blowing & fan by compressor, No blockage in supply or return vents, Look inside freezer to make sure NO frost is coming, if it does, it indicates problem with the defrost mechanism
Please try & Reply.

Posted on Sep 13, 2008

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    Utsav Bhattacharya Sep 13, 2008

    Please be remided that Do NOT ever try to BREAK OPEN anything of the sealed system. If you are unsure, please refere to our experts available with the Repair Directory or refer to an authorised service personnel.

    Best of Luck.

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Door problem side by side refrigerator and having a problem with the freezer door. One has to make a big effort to close the door as It does not shut as freely as the refrigerator side does. What is the problem with the freezer door and how may I correct It? The gaskets are all in great condition and there Is not any food packages blocking the closing of the door.. Thanks a lot! ur comprasor is check


It sounds like the sealed system has developed a leak. IT IS NOT REPAIRABLE!!! Whatever you

Posted on Sep 13, 2008

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    mohammed marika thambi Sep 13, 2008

    One copper tube coming from the compressor feels cool (not cold) and
    the compressor itself feels warm but not hot (after running for a
    couple of days)I checked the air ways and they are clear. I took the
    back off of the freezer again and this time there was some frost on the
    coils in the freezer compartment. (top coil only) The only thing I
    don't know about is the relay but I would think if that was bad the
    compressor would not warm and the copper tube would not cool. Is the
    copper tubes coming from the compressor suppose to be cold instead of
    cool

  • mohammed marika thambi
    mohammed marika thambi Sep 13, 2008

    when buy a refrigerator?

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Hi,

A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:

Evaporator coils
Condenser
Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.

Evaporator coils Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system:

  • The defrost timer


  • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)


  • The defrost heater


If it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem

Condenser Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.



Posted on Sep 13, 2008

  • Priya darshan Sep 13, 2008

    If the refrigerator isn't cool, you need to answer some questions, then see if the compressor is running.

    First, answer these questions:



    • Is the refrigerator completely dead? If so, see “It's stopped completely.”



    • Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? If not, reset it.


    Next, see if the compressor motor is running

    The
    compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It's
    on the outside of the refrigerator at the back near the bottom. If it
    is humming or making a continuous noise and your refrigerator is still
    not cooling, there may be a more serious problem with one or more of
    several different components, we recommend contacting a qualified
    appliance repair technician for further help.

    If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator, there may be a problem with one or more of these:


  • The compressor



  • The Thermostat



  • The overload, relay, or capacitor



  • The defrost timer



  • The condenser fan motor


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