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Only 3.5 yrs old stops getting cold...

The frige was purchased new 3.5 yrs ago.  Just two months ago it suddenly stopped getting cold.  Everything was ruined.  I unplugged it, it defrosted and made a mess on the floor.  I plugged it back in and it worked again...for about 2-3 weeks.  Just long enough for me to replace all the meats. veggies, dairy products, condiments, dressings, and so on. 


It seems to me that something is freezing up and thus automatically shutting off.  My guess would be that really a thermostat is malfunctioning or something. 


Any ideas??  This is costing me a fortune and no time is a good time to smell the living areas up with decaying foods, or to  be out of all food, drink and most important, ice cubes.


And I have my house up for sale!  This is most inconvenient..

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  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2008

    Fridge stopped running today and thawed everything out. The condenser is really hot. I can hear a click every once in awhile but it won't run.

    Model 106 53334300

    serial #2241869

  • kreilw Feb 25, 2008

    My Kenmore side by side frig is about 5/6 yrs olr ... model no. 106.52552100. Every month or so the refrigerator side warms up to an unacceptable temperature, although the freezer seems to be working OK. If I unplug the beast overnite and restart it the next morning, it will run fine for a while. A local repairman said that it just "iced up" and this was not uncommon. It is driving us nuts! I am ready to replace it ASAP!
    I believe that it is really a Whirlpool in disguise ... can anyone HELP?

  • llkim Feb 26, 2008

    We have almost the same issue as kreilw. We have the same model number 106.52562100. The bottom part of both the fridge and the freezer is cool, but the top is warm. We have defrosted the fridge twice. It works for a little while then we have an issue again. Please Help!!



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It has a defrost problem.  If the evaporator gets totally frosted up it can't circulate the cold air.  It will be one of 3 things.  I will list by most common.  1.  Defrost thermostat (clips onto the evaporator).  2.  Defrost timer.  3. Defrost heater.  If you have some basic tools and a multimeter I can walk you thru the checkout.  I would need the complete model # from the sticker inside the fridge section.  Let me know if I can help further.

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