Compressor running, I can hear the fan but only blowing warm air
We had a Kenmore refrigerator (model # 253.7188210A, manufacture date 09-02) given to us when ours went out. When plugged in I can hear the compressor and the fan blowing, but only warm air blows in the top freezer compartment and the fridge part. Also when you touch the back of the fridge, I got shocked (don't touch the back, right? hahaha). Anyway, is there any hope for fixing it without spending a fortune? Getting tired of using a cooler :(
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Re: Compressor running, I can hear the fan but only...
Not realy if compressor is running you are sure of that and condenser motor is running as well the open the evapoartor are if no frost then there is a leak or restriction best bet call a tech to make sure but it looks like etheir case it will be more then 200 dollars new fridege 450 to 500 balance out or you can call sears buy the service smart agreement for 300 dollars and they will fix it
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It probably has two fan motors. One that keeps the compressor cool and one in the freezer compartment that blows cold air out into the freezer and into the frig. You should be able to hear the motor running and feel the air coming out the vents when you open the door of the freezer. The fan runs all the time. If you do not feel or hear, the fan is not working. The one on the compressor, take the cover off the back and you can see if the fan is turning. It runs all the time also.
If the ref or freezer is too warm and you turn the dial to make it colder the compressor should come on. If the ref or freezer is not cold like you say the compressor should be on all the time. You should hear it, but you can definitely feel it and it should be very warm after a short while. If the compressor does not get warm unplug the ref with the compressor running and plug it back in immediately. A good compressor should not start up right away. If it is running and not getting warm and does start right up after unplugging it and plugging it back in it is inefficient and not compressing the freon gas enough and therefore not cooling enough. The fan in the freezer should be running as should the fan under the refrigerator. The condenser should be warm and the fan should be blowing[drawing] air across it when the compressor is on. You don\'t repair compressors and to recharge them correctly is expensive.
Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong.
If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing thencheck 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 starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...
. Cut everything off for a few minutes then turn it back on
and listen for a click from the compressor relay as the compressor tries to
Is the compressor motor running.If no check starter/overload
relay. Check to see if the
condenser fan at the back underneath near the compressor is running. If no
Are the condenser coils near there warm or room temp. should
How to check stuff> http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php
You have a bad compressor relay. to check it you will need a voltage meter. Remove the rear cover and you will see the compressor remove the relay held on by a wire. If the relay sounds like a maraca replace it with part #8201769. If is donesn't sound like somethings broken inside it check for continuity on all 3 compressor terminals ( all terminals should read closed ) now this can go to ways if the terminals read good and the relay is good then the compressor is lock rotor and has to be replaced. Most cases it's the relay Good luck hope this helps
"it seems to work fine but will not get cold"
Not sure how it can work fine and is not cold. When you say work fine, is the light on and the freezer fan blowing but is the compressor running?
Unplug the Ref and wait about 30 min or so, plug it back in and listen for the compressor to start running. You should be behind the Ref to hear this. If you don't hear it start running then you may hear a clicking noise. This clicking is a problen with the compressor start relay. If the compressor runs but still is not cold then it could be low on coolant.
I feel sure you will find the compressor start relay is probably bad unless it is a Frigidaire manufactured refrigerator. If it is a Frigidaire then if may very well be a bad compressor.
I hope I have helped, supertechks
Yes if you dont hear the evap fan wprking remove rear panel in freezer let me know what you see. Is coil iced over? Is fan running? Is the motor warm? Attempt to spin the blade gently to see if the motor is bound. You can oil these.
behind the back panel that you pulled off is where the compressor is. on the left side of the compressor is where the relay/overload is plugged in. its gone bad. if you touch the compressor it will either be really really hot or room temp. unplug it let the compressor cool and replace the relay/overload to fix your problem