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I have a kenmore side by side refrigerator model # 106.55526400 that is not cooling. Everything in freezer melted and now all in fridge side has ruined. Both fans are running and the compressor is warm and seems to be running also .I unplugged it and left it over night to try and restart but it still is not cool , I then took the back panel off of the freezer and checked the coils , nothing is frozen and no excess of water. The fan in the freezer seems to still be stopping at times for the defrost cycle and restarting so I don't think it is stuck in defrost. I also have removed the compressor start relay and I hear no rattling in it . What should I try next?

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Hello Leigh Barrett,

I'm impressed... you are doing fine... looking at all the usual suspects... If your COMPRESSOR is running...
BEFORE GETTING to exotic... I would check and make absolutely sure the condenser (high pressure side) was clear & clean.

If the compressor is actually compressing the tube going to the condenser should be quite warm... likewise the tube coming from the evaporator coil (inside ..(becomes low pressure side after the EXPANSION VALVE)) should feel cool...
Compressor failures are rare.

There is another reason...
besides the board I am about to depict here for you...

You may have lost your refrigerant charge ...
Also Pretty rare trouble but does happen...
(not as horrible as it sounds... a competent refrigeration person
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I believe your model has this board INSTEAD of a
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Call a service tech .possibly it needs freon added . if so it is not a DIY process

Posted on Apr 03, 2017

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite refrigerator stops cooling - Relay keeps cycling

The compressor is locked up. Basically it is stuck. You can pick up at the local appliance parts store a hard start relay, Home Depot ,Lowes, or or those guys wont have it. Its not too expensive and is worth trying because your only other option is you need to replace the compressor. The part is called a kick start or hard start, the guy at the parts store will know what you are talking about. It is simple to connect and has the wiring directions on it. Sometimes this is all it takes. I have been able to get a stuck compressor to go by placing a short 2x4 on it and whack it with a hammer a few times. This is only a temporary fix though, as it will eventually lock up again, but emergency situation this saved the food. If the fridge has a fan back there make sure it works too, it may have been the original cause. Good luck.

Posted on Dec 26, 2007

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SOURCE: After cleaning coils and in back of fridge, it appears that the defrost keeps cycling every 5 minutes

hi
Step 1:
 If the compressor runs all the time, turn the control knob to the OFF position. If the compressor still runs, unplug the unit, then pull off the control knob and remove the screws holding the thermostat in place. Pull out the thermostat and remove either the red or the blue wire from its terminal. Plug in the unit. If the compressor doesn't run, the thermostat is faulty. Replace it with a new thermostat.

Step 2: 
If the compressor runs after the wire is removed from its terminal, there is probably a short circuit somewhere in the unit's wiring. In this case, don't try to fix the problem yourself; call a professional service person.

Step 3: 
If the refrigerator or freezer runs but the box doesn't cool, unplug the unit and remove the thermostat with a screwdriver. Disconnect both wires from the thermostat. Tape the ends of the wires together with electrical tape, and plug in the appliance. If the refrigerator starts and runs normally, the thermostat is faulty. Replace it with a new one of the same type. Connect the new thermostat the same way the old one was connected.

Step 4: 
If the freezer compartment is normal but the refrigerator box doesn't cool, set the dials that control both compartments to mid-range. Remove these knobs (they're usually friction-fit). Then unscrew the temperature control housing; you'll see an air duct near the control. Replace the knob on the freezer thermostat and turn the control to the OFF position. Open the refrigerator door and look closely at the air duct. If this duct doesn't open wider in about ten minutes, the control is faulty. Replace the control with a new one of the same type. Connect the new control the same way the old one was connected.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008

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SOURCE: refrigerator not cooling

You model if the ARB1950C has a defrost timer inside the fresh food compartment and behind the temperature control panel. Need to see if you can manualy turn the timer clockwise until the compressor stops. During that time of 25 minutes the freezer should be in defrost. I believe your timer needs replaced based on how you explained what is happening. The part number for your timer is 67001036 and can be found at the links below. If it stays longer that 25 minutes then it's sticking in the defrost section of the defrost timer and will need to be replaced. If your refrigerator does not restart after about 25 minutes then slowly turn the timer through the opening in the plastic cover. There may be a plug covering the hole to make the hole not so visible. If you should have problems fell free to let me know, Thanks Sea Breeze
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Posted on Aug 17, 2009

Harrybola25
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SOURCE: I have a Kenmore Side X Side Model 106.53642300,

yes it seems like compressor is burnt or relay could also b the faulty try replaceing the relay.

Posted on Jan 08, 2010

davleg
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SOURCE: freezer was all frosted up,

pipe between freezer & drip tray blocked possibly

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

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