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Kenmore coldspot not working properly after power outage

Lost power from Sandy. Borrowed a generator 24 hours after power went out to juice it up, then power came back about 18 hours after that. Icemaker still had ice last night, so we thought everything was fine, but came home to find things defrosting. The compressor sounds like it is working. There is cold air blowing, just not freezing cold air, Any suggestions?

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I am glad you made it thru the storm OK. I am in New Orleans and I am no stranger to what you guys went thru.
First, are you sure the compressor is running?
Post back to me.

Posted on Nov 02, 2012

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I have the same problem. The refrig and freezer are cold but not freezing and not cold enough. I have a friend tell me it probably is the relay. His did the same and that was the issue.

Posted on May 23, 2008

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SOURCE: came home and all the ice has melted in icemaker

Hi,
There is hope but not a great deal. That clicking sound you hear is the compressor (that part of the refrigerator that creates cold air) trying to start. It may be very hot. The reason usually is that there is dust clogging the coils at the base of the unit that must be cleaned out. There is a fan motor, usually mounted in the back of the fridge in the base next to the compressor. That fan may not be turning. If that is the case, the compressor will shut down to prevent overheating (a good thing).
Here is what you should do.
0 Pull out the fridge taking care not to damage the water line to the ice maker
1 Unplug it to let it cool down completely.
2 Put your salvageable food into camping coolers with bags of ice.
3 Purchase a long skinny refrigerator coil cleaning brush (I've seen these at Walmart)
4. Change into real work clothes. This will be a dirty job.
5 Remove the "grille" on the front of the fridge, at the base. Just pull it straight off.
6 Brush out the dust from the coils from the front bottom.
7 Replace the grill.
(Sorry. Your not done.)
8 When the fridge is out from the wall (you will want to sweep and mop what you see back there)
9 Remove the cardboard cover from the rear. (You will likely need 1/4 inch or 5/16 inch nut driver to remove hex head screws). Observe the cardboard covor as you will need to bend it to remove, after the screws holding it are off. (You may also want to wear gloves keep fiberglass from getting onto your skin.)
If you accidentally tear the cardboard, don't fret as it can usually be fixed with duct tape.
10 Now after all that,(which really doesn't take long). You will be looking at a black metal case with small pipes running out of it. That is the compressor.
You will also be looking at (depending on the design) a condenser fan.
11 If there is a Condenser Fan (usually on side-by-side refrigerators) then finding out if it works or not will be part of the diagnostic steps.
12 Plug in the fridge after it has cooled down completely (several hours) and see if the compressor comes on.
It may come on instantly. If it does check to see if the condenser fan blade is turning.
If it is not turning and the compressor starts to run. shut the Fridge down.
13 Check to see if there is an obstruction to it turning (such as a small toy). If there was an obstruction, plug the fridge back in and see if the fan now turnes. If it does, you have likely repaired the broken component.
14 If the fan blades does not turn, unplug the fridge again and replace the condenser fan motor.
You will need some tools to do this such as a 1/4" socket set, Wiring tools, Wire Stripper, Wire Nuts, Wire Ties. A handy man level of experience is required for replacement of this part.
15 When done replacing it (or removing the obstruction), make sure the back cardboard panel is reinstalled. It is vital to the efficient operation of the fridge.

16 Plug the fridge back in. Give it two hours of running time to see if it will start to cool. Probably will. If not, there could have been a refrigerant leak. If so, only a professional is licensed to do the work. If there is a refrigerant leak, then the repair is likely not recommended.
I hope this helps
Best Regards,
Mark

Posted on Dec 26, 2010

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