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Fridge fan not blowing

Is there a fan in the refrigerator compartment on my Kenmoore, or most fridges? The fan in the freezer is working, but there is no air blowing in the fridge section. Is this normal?

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  • bmwebb176 Apr 23, 2009

    It's a Kenmoore side by side, model # 596.57582790. It's not cooling. We cleaned the coil out today, and no luck. After an hour, it's only 57degrees in the fridge part, and the freezer is blowing lukewarm air. Maybe thermostat? How can I check that? Thx, Bradley

  • bmwebb176 Apr 23, 2009

    Ok, troubleshooting the problem a little further. I removed the back cover on the freezer side to get access to the evap coil. When the compressor kicks on, only the very top coil gets cold and frosts (high humidity here today). The rest of the coil is not too cold at all. Shouldn't all the coils get cold immediately when the compressor starts pumping? Does this sound like low freon? The fans kicks on normally, and I can hear the compressor start when we plugged the unit in. Thx, Bradley

  • bmwebb176 Apr 24, 2009

    Actually, the fans are working. Both condensor and evap internal fan. It's just weird that only the very first, top evap coil has frost on it,and the others are not really very cold at all. It's cool, but only something like 50 degrees in the freezer, and 60 in the fridge.

  • bmwebb176 Apr 24, 2009

    No, no, thanks for the help. We're trying to decide on wether or not to just buy a new fridge. This one is 10 years old, and it's upsetting to that it didn't last longer. I'm hoping it's a simple, inexpensive parts replacement. But if the freon is gone, it's probably not worth it.

    This really started last fall, when the popsicles were soft. it's been a slow death. Thanks.



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You may have the duct close and possibly frozen closed the vent from freezer. Send me the model number so I can help you better. Thanks, Sea Breeze
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    John Tripp Apr 23, 2009

    Yes, this is an indication of freon loss. It is possible that ice formed and you said freezer fan not working. The fan must work, but even if the Fan did not work with the freezer cover off you should see the evaporator coil freeze or become ice cold immediately. Did you see fan working? With a freon loss the best route is replacing your refrigerator. But if you know someone that will look it over and give a free estimate of the repair I would try that first. Most leaks on refrigerators ar hard to find and fix. We know the thermistat is working because the cold top of evaporator show its working. If I was there to give you an estimate for free I would do that for you. But knowing refrigerators as I do, you could replace it with a good used refrigerator for 10 percent of the total cost of a new one. If I have been helpful please rate me, wish you the best and feel free to contact me anytime, Thanks Sea Breeze

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    John Tripp Apr 24, 2009

    Did this happen suddenly or over a long period of time? If you feel I missed something you are welcome to re-post your question to another technician. I would not want to mislead you or give the incorrect answer. If it was a leak, and you have someone help you find it, repair and you should be fine.



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