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Older Kenmore side by side stops cooling, both sides

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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  • caswell_dee Dec 16, 2008

    Very helpful! if I call a repair service and the unit is working at the time they come, can they still diagnose the problem? I am not certain I have the abilities necessary to diagnose this myself...ie:bypass the temp control or even find the defrost timer. Thanks

  • phelps2736 Dec 18, 2008

    cooling fan only works if brown wire connection on fan is grounded.

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Hello
caswell_deeWelcome to Fixya
My name is Huum,

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!!



Defrost Problem
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.


Here is an interesting article I just wrote!


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.

Thank You For trusting us with your question
Please remember to leave a solved rating before you leave

Huum

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

  • Neil Golan
    Neil Golan Dec 16, 2008

    How old is this fridge that you do not know any past history about.
    If you can afford it, buying anew one will save you on your utility bill. I do not like putting good money in to bad. if it was yours from the start you could make a clear judgment call.
    Refrigerators toady are much more energy efficient than the old ones 10 years old or more! If it's a money issue and it's a hard ship right now to buy new then spending money to repair may make sense for you! Sears is giving away appliances before Christmas cheap and o% interest! Last week they sold a front load washer and dryer for $699. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We pay more than this for the pair whole sale!
    I could not believe it either. But it guarantees that the customers will buy all their Christmas stuff there!!
    Smart move for them!
    Bless You , Happy Holidays
    Huum


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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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