Question about Kenmore 53642 / 53644 Side by Side Refrigerator
An older (99) side by side came with our house recently purchased. The frig just stops cooling on both side completely (as in all frozen food thoroughly thawed) without warning. It happened once and turning unit totally off and then on corrected the problem for a few weeks. Did it again a day ago but did not come back to life this time until about an hour ago. I just heard ice drop from the icemaker, but I am reluctant to count on this being fixed. What could be going wrong and is this something that can economically be fixed or should We start researching for a new unit?
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I made you a list of the 5 most common problems for the fridge not cooling!
But read my article at the bottom before you decide to repair a old blind folded fridge!!
Modern refrigerators are designed to self defrost and it is essential to the airflow to have an evaporator coil that is clear for air movement. If the rear interior panel of the freezer has frost appearing, it is most likely a defrost problem and must be corrected before temperatures can be restored to normal.
Dirty condenser Coil
Check the condenser coils for lint and restrictions. It is located underneath the refrigerator and accessible from the rear. A dirty condenser coil will result in poor cooling, especially in the freezer.
Low Refrigerant Charge
If the unit has a low refrigerant change, the freezer will not reach proper temperatures. This must be checked by a qualified technician due to EPA regulations
Faulty Condenser Fan Motor
The condenser fan motor is found under the refrigerator near the compressor. This motor is essential to proper cooling. If the fan motor is not running, there will not be proper heat removal from the condenser and the result will be higher than normal temperatures in the freezer and usually in the fresh food section. Ensure the fan motor is running when the compressor is on.
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Repair or replace?
When to pull the plug on your old refrigerator
It nearly always makes sense to undertake simple do-it-yourself repairs,
such as replacing a gasket on a refrigerator or a freezer.
Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
in the owner's manual.
Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
The answer depends mostly on the age of your refrigerator,
how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.
Follow these guidelines:
When a repair makes sense.
If your refrigerator is under warranty or less than four years old (three years for top-freezers),
paying for a repair makes sense.
Note that refrigerators under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.
When a repair might be a wise choice.
If your refrigerator is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair.
But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage,
given that today's models are quieter and have added features.
Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008,
are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent
more efficient than those built before 1993.
When it pays to replace.
The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new refrigerator.
Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive top-freezer refrigerator
six or more years old or a bottom-freezer or side-by-side eight or more years old.
Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent
of a refrigerator you replace is likely to end up in a landfill.
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Posted on Dec 16, 2008
1st. >Check the defrost timer first.You should be able to turn it with a screwdriver.
2nd.>bypass the temperature control and if the Fridg. turns on ..replace the control.
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Posted on Dec 16, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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