NOTICED THINGS IN FRIDGE WHERE WARMER THAN USUAL. FOUND FAN BY COMPRESSOR TURNS FREELY BY HAND, BUT DOESN'T RUN. TEMPERATURE SELECTORS FOR BOTH FREEZER AND FRIDGE ARE LIT UP, AND BEEP WHEN YOU PUSH THEM, BUT DO NOT RESPOND BY CHANGING TEMPERATURE. ALL LIGHTS AND COMPRESSOR WORK. RIGHT NOW I HAVE UNIT RUNNING WITH A FAN BLOWING ON COMPRESSOR. KINDA GHETTO, BUT IT KEEPS THE MILK COLD IF YOU PUT IT IN THE FREEZER. PLEASE HELP.
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Sounds like either your fan is bad or a wire may have burned off of it. Follow the wires forthe fan back to where they make the junction with the compressor wires. when ever the compressor runs your right that the fan needs to run. If you have a meter you could ohm out the fan and see if the motor windings are indeed bad. a reading of infinite would tell the tale.go out and spend 15 or 25 o us and get a new condenser fan motor after you remove your old one and make sure that the one that oyu get is the same. and replace it. Thanks for using FixYa and don't forget to rate this answer please. Happy New Year!!!!!!
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next time send the model number and brand name.usually when this happens is the condenser fan motor isn't working.pull the fridge out,remove the bottom back panel and check the fan to see if it's working,if it is check the condenser coil to see if it's filled with lint and dust,it could just need to be cleaned out but if it's that hot most likely the fan isn't running,if you get this tonight check it now,if the fan isn't running you could blow the compressor,the condenser fan blows and keeps the compressor cool enough so it doesn't overheat by moving the hot air and the heat also esscapes through the condenser coil so if that's clogged with dust the machine will run hotter than normal,if the fan isn't running you can stick any window fan back there and blow it onto the compressor to keep it cool until you fix the condenser fan motor,this way you won't loose any food and if the compressor goes it's new fridge time,to much to repair.hope this helps and good luck with your machine.one more thing,i've found the fans not running and by pushing the blade it runs again,if this happens the fan could run and never have a problem or it could stop an hour later but i would change it out no matter what.if it's a G.E. fridge and the motor isn't running,most likely it will be the computer board,i've found 10 machines doing this and the temp. settings turning on and off or the evap fan motor in the freezer runs slow and then fast and the condenser fan isn't running or running slowly,this is why you have to send the brand name and model number.
Without your model number this is quite generic but should help you troubleshoot.
- Feel the face of the cabinet where the doors close. It should be warm but not HOT to the touch. If you note that the cabinet is hot in the door gasket area open the back of the unit and clean out the condenser coils. Make sure the condenser fan is running. The fan should be running any time the compressor is running.
- Look in the very back of the freezer compartment for signs of frost or ice build up. If you note this condition it is a result of the automatic defrost cycle / componenets not working. The components of the defrost cycle are the defrost control, (main board on some GE units), the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat or thermistor depending upon model. One of these components or wiring has failed.
- Can you hear the compressor running?
NO: The possible causes are:
The PTC / KilXon Thermal overload mounted on the side of the compressor.
The Run capacitor
Main control board
Defrost cycle not complete (caused by a bad thermostat or thermistor) What will happen is the unit would go into defrost and never restart. Additionally the defrost heater can remain on.
Temperature control malfunction
The fan in the freezer compartment is supposed to be on any time the compressor is running.
If the compressor is running and the evaporator fan is not running you need to find out why. It can be stopped from ice build up locking the fan blades in place, a bad motor or a wiring problem to the fan.
Lastly... if all the coils are clear, the fans and compressor are running.. the unit can be low on coolant. Low coolant problems are always a result of a tubing. fitting or compressor leak. Most compressor leaks are found right at the PTC / Overload connection area. A leak is easily identified by an oil residue surround the area of a leak. I use a kleenex or paper towel to GRASP but not wipe suspected areas and look for oil on the tissues. If you find oil... you found your leak.
14 vac indicates a bad motherboard.Clicking could possibly be a bad start relay on the compressor. Relays are inexpensive. I would replace the relay and hope for the best. Next step would be the motherboard that GE has had trouble with from day one
5 things to look. The timer, fan, thermostat, heater and heater overtemp. Check timer by listening at it, the fan by pressing the switch in front where the door seals, the thermostat by turning anti-clockwise you should hear a click.The heater and heater overtemp need technician to check
Turns out a CF ER is a Compressor Fan problem.
Had a look and the fan was not turning, although it spins freely. Apparently it's a 3 phase 12v fan. I was able to get a resistance measurement across it but didn't know what to expect.
This also explains why it seemed a bit quieter and why the water is a bit warmer sometimes. The valve for the water dispenser is right beside the fan and it's getting pretty hot in there at the moment.
Will need a little more information to assist you with answers. Will need the model number if available for you Kenmore and will usually be on inside Freezer/refrigerator door and near bottom. Will look like model #363.1234567 for example.
Now if it's not cooling at all, is the compressor running beneath the fridge? Is the condenser fan running that is below the freezer and near the compressor? Is the evaporator fan blowing air in the freezer section? Do you hear clicking noises in the compressor area and can you feel the compressor to see if you feel warm or hot to touch around its side and top? Can you tell me of any other things that you noticed before the refrigerator stopped working? Is the temp control digital or manual settings? Has the settings been changed since you turned the refrigerator off and then back on? Thanks, Sea Breeze
Whip, make sure the condensor fan is running in back. It should be running anytime the compressor is running. Check to see if you have a buildup of frost on the back of the freezer panel, this could indicate a defrost issue. This refer is controlled by one main mother board in back. Check these things first and post back. You may have to do some tests on the board...Catriver..post back.