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Re: kenmore refrigerator door seems to be crooked
You can usually take off the top cover of the upper hinges, loosen the hinges with a 5/16 socket and move the door around that way. If this doesn't work then the door may need to be removed and have new door cams installed on the bottom hinges.
Another way to make the door shut better is to lower the front wheels or legs so that it will tilt back slightly.
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Most likely the thermistor inside the compressor is shutting the unit off to keep it from burning out. No fridge should run for that long no matter how cold you want it to be inside. If all the door gaskets are sealing properly your most likely problem is the thermostat is bad and not sensing the temp, thus the unit keeps running.If your doors are not closing properly (alignment or gaskets) same issue will occur. Check alignment and gaskets using dollar bill. Close bill between door frame and gasket, pull bill out slowly should feel resistance, if not door is crooked or gasket needs adjournment or door gasket is bad.Do this on all doors all the way around to locate problem areas.
Does the switch turn off the lights? If the doors are not installed correctly the switch wont work properly. Check the switch first to make sure that be depressing switch the will shut off lights, if this does work, check the doors as they make contact with switch. It is possible your door are too low to make contact with switch, I have seen this happen on GE units as the door dropped out of alignment of the switch contact.
This happens because the refrigerators of today are air tight, the fresh food door pushes the air into the cabinet as it closes and the air has no place to go but up the air vent into the freezer and "pops" open the freezer door. First thing is make sure the freezer door is capable of closing properly and is not rubbing or catching anywhere. I sometimes add a washer or 2 to the center hinge under the freezer door so it doesn't rub anything. Put a little Vaseline ( or food grade silicone lubricant ) on the hinge side of the seal. I then raise the front of the refrigerator so that the front of the refrigerator is a little higher than the back of the refrigerator. Never level a fridge with a level. Once you have the door closing properly and front slightly higher than the back...let the fresh food door close from 90 degrees on it's own and the freezer door may "pop" open a little but will close again on it's own...and stay closed once all is set up properly. We see this more often now and have no trouble with the door staying open again after setting up the refrigerator properly.
There should be a light switch inside each compartment, depress them with the door open one at a time, locate the bad switch and disconnect it. You can remove the bulbs too. Most of the problems with bottom freezer are the door, they seem to not get closed properly and they get heavily frosted, once frosted they seem not to close correctly and cause the lights to remain on.
I would look for the problem with the door closing or the door switch failing.
slightly loosen the bolts on the hinges enough to scoot the door into the correct position and it will stay until you tighten the bolts on the hinges. It may take a couple of tries but that is the way to do it until the door seals and closes properly =)
This is a replaceable part. A new switch can be ordered from Sears by Model number of your refrigerator and name of the part. If you have your owners manual it may contain a list with part numbers. Some of these switches will pop out to be replaced. Others you may have to remove the breaker strip where it is mounted to remove the switch by compressing the snaps on the side of the switch.