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Kenmore 14CF upright freezer will die after a day or so

Purchased this unit second hand, it seemed to work fine when I picked it up, brought it home, and waited 1 day (I was suggested to wait since the transport was done with its back side down - it was laid down on it's back when transported).

When I plugged it in, it worked wonderfully for about 20 hours or so, and then my GFCI circuit was tripped. If I reset the GFCI, the light will come on but after couple of minutes, (I am assuming that when the compressor is coming on) the GFCI is tripped again. Even if I plug it into non-gfci circuit, then, nothing will happen (light inside will come on).

When I unplug it for about 4-5 hours, then plug it in, everything will work as before for another 12-20 hours and same thing happens.

It is kind with coils in the back of the freezer interior with fan on it which blows the cold air around, and there is no coils visible from the under the freezer or back of the freezer.

Looks like a switch is shorting out or something considering everything is working correctly until GFCI is tripped.


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  • Josh Peck May 11, 2010

    So it works fine on a non-gcfi circuit? That would make more sense. Code calls for Refrigerator circuits to be separate from the GFCI because the voltage spike during compressor start ups generall will trip a GFCI.

  • hpark2_1999 Mar 08, 2015

    It was a faulty GFCI outlet after all. I replaced the GFCI outlet with new one and it is working fine. It has been working fine for last 7 yrs. I hope it wasn't too late for an answer.



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The defrost timer is faulty or you have a defrost circuit short, unplug remove back panel inside the freezer and check for a short in the heater and defrost thermostat.

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SOURCE: 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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SOURCE: kenmore upright frost free freezer compressor will not come on...


You have a freon leak and the coolant leaked out. Perhaps when you mode it down the stairs one of the coils with the freon in it ruptured a tiny hole.

You need an authorized and certified tech for freon.

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SOURCE: Kenmore Upright Freezer Alarm

1. You can hear the compressor running.

2. The temp setting you turn the thermostadt to starts and stops the compressor.

3. Look in your manual for a reset button and the location.

4. If you are familiar with a meter, grab the manual and check it it. But I doubt it is the resistance.

5. Sounds like a bad motor or low freon. If you have a lot of food in it, and the above didn't work, bite the bullet and call a repairman, although it sounds like much of the food is past saving if it is really defrosted.

Posted on May 12, 2009

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SOURCE: plugged in freezer after standing 3 days unplugged compressor ino

That sizzling noise i suspect is either the compressor overload or start capacitor burning out .
You need to look in connection box on side of compressor,the relay should just pull off once cover is off.BEWARE even with the freezer unplugged there is a charged capacitor connected inside this box and will give you a nasty shock should you touch it! with insulated pliers touch all terminals to each other and earth to make sure capacitor is discharged .You should be able to get astart capacitor and overload from local repair shop there not expensive if this doesn't fix it the compressor is possibly locked up and will need replacing

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