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Fridge just stop getting cold and is defrosting

I went to get some ice out of the fridge and noticed everything melting.  The fans are blowing and I unplugged it and plugged it back in.  The compressor sounds like it's going to start, than it stops.  Does it about every 2 minutes.

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  • nikvelikiy Jan 12, 2009

    Five year old side by side Kenmore 53642 stopped cooling and freezing two days ago. Lights are working, water dispenser is working, all vents are clear, but blowing warm air. Opened rear bottom cardboard cover, Fan is working. Unplugged power cord, re-plugged power cord, heard click from oil cooler, fan working, but only warm air from vents in both freezer and refrigerator sides. Water dispenser works. What is most likely problem, and about how much will it cost to repair. We have already spent about $500.00 in repairing our ice-maker twice, and other minor problems. Not sure if we want to spend any more on repairs, or buy a new one. Our old refrigerators ran for over thirty years. Not sure if this is "Kenmore" problem, or planned obsolescence. Any advice will be appreciated.  

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Sound like the start compoinents may be weak on the compressor, the parts is approximately 35 dollars . take the model number and make to a apliance store and they should be able to get the right part for you.

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The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
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Is the compressor motor running.If no check starter/overload relay. The relay is a small usually black cube shaped electrical part plugged into the compressor or wired to it nearby. It may appear burnt or rattle when shaken if it's bad. The two connections should show continuity with an amp meter. If it's good then it's most likely the compressor causing the problem.
Check to see if the condenser fan at the back underneath near the compressor is running. If no check fan.

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Is the evaporator fan in the freezer running. It blows cold air into the fridge side through a damper in the wall between the freezer and fridge. Make sure the damper is open.

Below the evaporator fan is the evaporator coils. Remove the back cover in the freezer to observe the frost pattern. Light frost everywhere(NORMAL) or a partial pattern of ice(LOW ON FREON) or nothing(LOW FREON OR COMPRESSOR PROBLEM).
If it's iced up really heavy you have an auto defrost problem. Melt the ice with a hairdryer and check the defrost system.

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If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can't flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

If the defrost thermostat is bad, it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won't turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
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