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Kenmore side by side not starting after defrost.

Just came back from a vacation and found all my food in the fridge spoiled, what a smell.
I have 9 years old Kenmore model 106. After cleaning all the smell first I tried to play with dial knob and nothing, than I tried to put knob to "OFF" and back to factory setting and it started working. After 2-3 hours it coolled pretty good and stoped, I have to manually turn the dial to "OFF" and than on again, it worked again for a while.
Now it seems always wants me manually to turn it "OFF/ON" after probably defrost.
I read some probems on the board and it sound like a relay problem.
Could someone please to confirm it or give me some suggestions to what and how to fix?
Thanks a lot.

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  • PeterCh Dec 17, 2008

    I cannot tell exact temperture in the fridge, but what ever I have in the frizer now is frozen as usual and it seems it keeps the temperature fine as long as I keep turning it manually "off/on" every couple hours.

    How can I start debugging the problem? And can I do it myself or should I call SEARS repair service?

    Does it worth to repair if I can by a similar "Whipool" fridge for $700+ now?

  • PeterCh Dec 28, 2008

    Thanks for the experts advise, I ordered for $75 and installed new thermostat assembly and it works like new.

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Sounds like you may have a defrost thermostat problem, which is what makes the fridge cool. can you tell what the temperature in the fridge is?

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

  • Carmen Mikulic Dec 18, 2008

    since the problem is persistent, i would definitely think about replacing it. for the price and piece of mind, it's worth having a reliable fridge.

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Probably has a defective defrost control from what you are describing.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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    If you have to turn it off and then on to get it going I would say you need to change the cold control and the defrost control.

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