Question about Kenmore 26.6 cu ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Thru-the-Door Ice & Water with Water Filtration 4659767

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Refrigerator in storage for 4 years

I pulled my Kenmore Side by Side Model 596.52672201 refrigerator out of storage to sell it and plugged it in to check it out. I have not heard the motor running within 30 minutes of it being plugged in. If it does not get cold, what should I do to get it running cold inside and do I need to have a service rep visit to place new Freon in it or replace any seals. Just not sure what could go wrong with it after being in storage for 4 years...any recommendations would be appreciated.

thanks,
Trace

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  • huntabear05 May 17, 2009

    Unfortunately, I have lost the owner's manual. Where do you think the reset button may be located on this particular model?

  • huntabear05 May 17, 2009

    Yes, the lights are on inside. It was stored in a storage unit (not controlled climate) in South Dakota. Don't think heat was an issue. I have turned the control knobs to very cold. Where is the compressor located? I may need to take a panel off to get to the compressor.

  • huntabear05 May 17, 2009

    Dan,



    I followed your instructions and still the lights are one but the compressor has not kicked on yet. I took the back cover off to the compressor and lightly tapped the compressor with the back of my screwdriver and nothing kicked on. I also, do not see a reset button. Any other recommendations?

  • huntabear05 May 17, 2009

    Am I getting charged each time you guys answer a question? If not, I would like to speak to the next person.



    thanks,

    Trace

  • huntabear05 May 18, 2009

    I am unable to get my compressor going on my refrigerator. I have had it plugged in for 2 hours and it is not getting cold or even turning on. I took the relay switch off the compressor and shook it but did not hear anything rattle. I have a Kenmore side by side model 596.52672201. It was in storage for four years and is only 5 years old. I workded with another expert but he could not resolve it and said he would pass me on to an electrical expert but he did not do it. Looking for further assistance please!

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CLICK HERE for all the blowout diagrams for your fridge.

Make sure all your fans are working. When checking fans, open the door and push the light button in. Some models the fan stops or dampers close when the doors are opened. Put your hand in front of the vent and see if you feel air. Do the same in the refrigerator and freezer. If you feel air from both, check and see of the compressor is running. There is a fan next to the compressor and should be running when the compressor is running. You have a motherboard behind a cover on the back of your refrigerator that controls all of these functions. It could be defective. Motherboard failure is common as well as compressor and evaporator motor failure. Fan Motor failure is common for refrigerators in storage for a long period of time. The motors are weak and can't start.

But usually there is corrosion from storage and coolant leaked out.
You'll have to have the coils pressure checked, and most likely refilled with the proper amount of coolant.

First thing I would do is check to see if the compressor is running. Also check to make sure the condenser fan motor is running. (that's the fan motor next to the compressor) If both of these are running but the refrigerator is still not cooling then you either have a leak in the sealed system, or a bad compressor.

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If your side by side were stored in the heat, there is a good chance it may need freon. Gets quite a bit hotter in storage than in a house. Also it is better for them to run a little than be completely shut dow.

However, if you have not heard the compressor kick on, look and see if the lights inside are on.

If they are, the make sure the controls are turned on. I know this sounds elementary but it happens. Lastly, if all above works, look in your manual for a reset switch.

Sirwriter

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  • Dan Todd May 17, 2009

    I would think it would be inside the compressor compartment, located on a small box or possibly on the compressor itself. So I take it then it has power, and the controls are turned on?



  • Dan Todd May 17, 2009

    The compressor is located down at the bottom of the unit, up under the fridge. You will probably have to loosen the cooling coils on the back. Let me ask you Trace, to try one more thing before you do that. Turn all your controls off, fridge and freezer, for about 30 seconds. Unplug the machine for about 30 seconds. Plug it back in, and then ONLY turn on the fridge to about half way. If it is going to start, it will be within a minute or so.

    Dan


  • Dan Todd May 17, 2009

    At this point we cannot determine it is low on Freon, since it hasn't started yet. There is an electrical problem that is preventing it from starting . It may be something easily overlooked. I'd like to pass you to another of out experts, with your permission. And I'm very sorry we didn't get it going. Would that be alright with you, Trace?

  • Dan Todd May 17, 2009

    No, you'll get charged when we resolve it. We have a great staff of experieced people here. Trace, thank you for your patience and perseverence!

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