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The unit may run fine for 8 hours then shut down want start back up I unplug the unit then plug back it start up. Sometimes it may run for 15min shuts off it gives me a F2 code.

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Maybe compresser hi- limit on the compreser.

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I have. Kenmore comerical referigerator 253.44723100. The coils freeze. Keeps a pretty consistant temp of 43. If I defrost will work for a few days then temp climbs back up.


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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

You should not have to defrost manually. You have a automatic defrost cycle. Every 8-10 hours your unit should shut down for 20-30 minutes, except for the light. This is when your defrost heater turns on. Afterwards, the freezer turns back on.

The defrost heater is on the bottom of your cooling coil behind the back lower wall.
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Part #: 216730700 Cost: $43.00

You also have Refrigerator Bi-metal Defrost Thermostat. Cost $27.00. At times the back of this component will pop out and fail.
25592992-wte2ibsdwpcevewvzivs5fqb-2-2.jpg You also have a defrost mechanical timer. This is located in the lower back behind a metal plate with a slotted hole through it. You can trip the freezer into the defrost mode. Taking a large screw driver turn the stem slowly clockwise one click at a time until the unit shuts down. After 30 minutes repeat this process to turn the unit back on, until you get a new timer.


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Notice the slotted hole on the left.

You may also defrost by unplugging the freezer for 24 hours. Have plenty of old towels handy. Plug the unit back in and after 12 hours you will be back to your desired temperature.

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What causes the compressor to quit working?


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.

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Danby dual zone wine fridge.....temperature is fine...but it never shuts off.....ever?!


I would be careful using it. Chances are that it does not have enough freeon in it, and that will make it run all the time, it could catch on fire from the over heating of the motor.

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Freezer and frige blowing warm air. The unit is a 6 year old side by side. Is it worth calling a repair man or just replacing? Thank You Oh the motor still runs and I hear a sound as if the compressor...


To start a new check it will be good to shut off the fridge for about 8 hours, Now during this period clean the set and check the thermostat , the compressor relay mounted on it.
When the power is switched the compressor must click and start up, if not check relay and capacitor of the motor.
When the compressor runs for about 2 hours there must be coooling, if not the compressor is faulty or the gas pressure is down.
It must be estimated and decided.

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Freezer works Refrigerator will not cool down


The compressor should be OK this time because you caught it in time. But if the condenser fan stops you need to consider replacing the fan. I have had refrigerators do fine until the fan motor warms up and you are away, it stops. Don't think you should use the refrigerator until the fan is fixed. Sea Breeze

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Kenmore Upright Freezer compressor running 6 seconds every minute


Usually the compressor runs pretty warm anyway. However if you think it's too hot I would start with the condenser coils located either under the unit or on occasion they are located on the back. The air flow across these coils as well as the airflow around the compressor must be maintained. I forgot to ask if the condenser fan is running. Check and make sure that the Fan is running and the air flow is good. Also, When you transported the unit did you move it standing vertically like it normally stands or did you lay it on its side. If you transported the unit on its side you must wait a minimum of 24 to 48 hours prior to start up or the unit could be ruined permanently. The refrigerant has to be utilized through the compressor as a gas. If the unit is on its side liquid refrigerant could be introduced into the compressor and can cause permanent damage. If this is the case I recommend that you turn the unit off at once and wait the 36 hours for the Refrigerant to settle then try it again. This transportation rule applies for any appliance That uses refrigerant, Air Conditioners etc. These units are not that hard to diagnose. The only other item that is usually a problem is the defrost timer. It is not very expensive and can also cause some of the same symptoms that you are eluding to. The defrost timer allows the freezer to periodically shut down to prevent the buildup of frost or ice on he evaporator coils and on the inside the unit. If it is defective, then the unit will either run all the time and cause the evaporator coils to freeze up or will not allow the compressor to switch on and it will not freeze like it should.

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Refrigerator not colling properly


Let it run until you have a problem again then look at the back wall of the inside of the freezer, if there is frost then it's not defrosting and that would be your problem (usually the defrost heater). If you don't see frost then you need to determine if the compressor is running or not. It's possible to hear the two fans run, but not the compressor. If the compressor is running, along with the 2 fans, then it is a sealed system problem and usually not worth fixing. If it's not running you'll need to check the compressor start relay on the side of the compressor. It is possible for a bad compressor to cause the relay to fail, so replacing it may or may not get you going again.

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compressor or sealed system issue compressor is failing or a problem in the sealed syetem is putting a back pressure onto the comperssor causing the compressor to eventualy kick of on the internal overload in the compressor, cools down as you unplug the unit allowing the compressor to cool down resets the internal overload runs and repeats the process

have the unit checed by a quilified tech in ref sealed system repair

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An E1 error is automatically generated after the AC runs for so many hours to remind you to clean the filter. The owners manual says to clean the filter and unplug the unit, then plug unit back in and code will be reset. However, a User review stated that his code was not reset until he followed a fairly simple routine. "Unplug the unit. Hold down the power button and plug back in. Wait to hear a "beep" and then unplug it again. Plug unit in again and it should restart without E1 code."

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