Question about KitchenAid KSRS25IL Side by Side Refrigerator
I have a KitchenAid ksrb25fkss01. Once or twice a week, it does not circulate cold air, instead the warm air (almost room temp.) air is circulating inside the freezer section. The frozen food thaws. Couple of ours later, it starts working normal again. During this phase motor works fine, and there are no strange noises coming from the compressor. I cleaned all the coils, no avail. I called a tech, he showed up and said the compressor is going out without even really examining the fridge. He also told me that the compressor is going to cost about $800. Is the compressor going out or this problem is due to something else? If the compressor is going out, can I replace it. I found this replacement kit:
Is this feasable?
Compressor change is probably more than you wish to tackle.
1) must be certified to work with refrigerant.
2) requires silver soldering and or silver brazing.
3) requires re-charging with refrigerant and this is critical and must be measured to the oz.
If it works fine when it re-starts we need to find out what is stopping the compressor. First guess is a defrost timer. The unit goes into defrost at pre-determined intervals, depending on the defrost timer. When it goes into defrost, compressor goes off, heaters come on, and a defrost cycle is initiated. Following this, the heaters go off, (usually by a t-stat and not time), and the compressor is allowed to run again. Changing the defrost timer, which is probably one of the least expensive components, is worth a try. No guarantee, but it is a better choice than the compressor. If the tech did any tests, did he say why the compressor was questionable? Since this happens once or twice a week, it sounds like the timer or at least it is coinciding with a typical defrost cycle. Here is a possible test, when you find it blowing warm air in the freezer, advance the timer 1/4 turn cw. See if the compressor comes on when you do this. That is probably more info that you were looking for, but this is worth a try.
How old is the unit?
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