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Kenmore side-by-side No Cooling Well

I have a 10-year old Kenmore side-by-side fridge (596.58695) that is not cooling well. Some things are defrosting in the freezer (ice cream and hot dogs are soft) and have noticed this for a about a week. The ice bin still has ice in it though. I have cleaned the condenser coils below and have inspected the evaporator in the freezer. I took the panel off in the freezer section and found the evaporator free of ice and frost except for the first 2-3 rows of coil from the top (has some frost). When I touch the coil with a wet finger, it does not stick or freeze to it. All fans are running (evaporator and condenser) and the compressor seems to run continuously. Defrost cycle works fine. I confirmed that the defrost heater element is off during cool mode and on during defrost mode (defrost timer appears fine). I unplugged the unit and plugged it back in and all fans immediately came on and about 1-2 minutes later I heard the compressor relay click and the compressor came on with pumping/gurgling sounds. Compressor is hot to touch.

I am pretty sure that it's a problem with the compressor or low R134a and am leaning towards replacing the fridge. Is there something else I can check? If it's a sealed system problem....not worth the repair costs, right? What do you think?

Thanks,
Dave

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  • aero72 May 31, 2009

    Guru told me it's the defrost timer, but I clearly stated in my question that I've confirmed that there is NO ICE BUILDUP on evaporator coil and that the defrost cycle works fine. Please review my original question.

  • aero72 May 31, 2009

    Ok, 66charger may be confirming my thoughts on low refrigerant and has thrown in a clogged expansion valve, but I'm looking for someone with a bit more refrigerator experience to comment on this. Are my problems isolated to a "closed system" compressor, low refrigerant, or clogged expansion valve......or is there potentially a cheap fix? Please also review my original post. Thanks!

  • aero72 May 31, 2009

    Can anyone else comment on my fridge problem? Please review original posts and follow ups. Thanks.

  • aero72 May 31, 2009

    Yes, I've made sure that all vents are clear in the freezer. Temperature setting in fridge is set to factory default and the freezer is set to almost as cold as it will go.

    I have cleaned the condenser coils of dust. Evaporator is not iced up.....defrost cycle works like a champ. However, my evaporator is not cold enough.....when I touch it with my wet finger the coils are not sticky and finger doesn't freeze to it like it should. Compressor is running as are all fans. Compressor is very hot to touch (cannot leave hand on the compressor dome). I'm leaning toward compressor failure, low refrigerant, or clogged expansion valve.....all an expensive fix if at all possible. Is it time to buy a new fridge or am I missing something simple? Thanks.

  • aero72 May 31, 2009

    Does anyone with refrigerator repair experience feel there may be an cheaper/easier fix for my poor-cooling freezer in Kenmore side-by-side? If its a refrigerant leak, it's not economically viable (or possible) to recharge...right? What about compressor or clogged expansion valve?....also not economically viable to repair...right? Please review original and follow-up posts. Thanks.

  • aero72 Jun 01, 2009

    Thanks spark9. The compressor is not suppose to get so hot, right? Do you agree that it's the compressor? I agree that if it is the compressor.....it's not worth the repair for a 10 year old Kenmore. Do you know where the expansion valve is? I assume that it is in the evaporator and if its clogged, there's no fixing it without cutting into the closed system and then replacing the refrigerant.

  • aero72 Jun 01, 2009

    Thanks spark9. The compressor is not suppose to get so hot, right? Do
    you agree that it's the compressor? I agree that if it is the
    compressor.....it's not worth the repair for a 10 year old Kenmore. Do
    you know where the expansion valve is? I assume that it is in the
    evaporator and if its clogged, there's no fixing it without cutting
    into the closed system and then replacing the refrigerant.

  • aero72 Jun 01, 2009

    Thanks spark9 for your help. I was 90% convinced that it is the compressor and was looking for some backup.

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As per the problem you stated.its the compressor problem.the compressor has to be replaced. you can get new compressor at  www.repairclinic.com but its a costly part to replace.if the unit is very old.think twice before replacing the compressor.because after replacing compressor many other parts get faulty as its the near end of units life when the compressor is replaced.if the unit is new then gfo for the replacement.as the unit has life of near to 5 years for proper functioning. thanks. please do rate the solution.thank you for using fixya.keep updated.

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  • spark9 Jun 01, 2009

    yes you are absolutely right.its in the evaporater and needs cutting.and yes as per the problem its compressor for sure is the problem.
    thanks for keeping updated.thank you for using fixya.please rate the solution.

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You should try some of these tips:

  • move around the content in the freezer make sure the fan is clear so the air can filter throughout the freezer...
  • maybe its something simple? are the temperature dials turned up to the desired temp?
  • does the coolant get to the freezer? does the freezer have a coolant leak?
  • is the appliances filter clean?

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  • Anthony Abbott May 31, 2009

    if u tried what i said idk what it could be... its an issue that i honestly dont think can be fixed... i think its an issue with your refridgerant or compressor

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Hi Friend,

I also had the same problem in my home.I was checking and found that the Refrigerator is not getting cool.Once when we have On the Refrigerator it will start the process of cooling and all of sudden it will make a heavy noise and it gets stopped and the things which we have kept will be getting wet and there will be smell from all the things in the Refrigerator.


Then i had a doubt with the compressor,I removed it and checked the coils,it was in a very bad condition.Then i got an option to change the Compressor which was cost (3000 /-INR).Now its running fine and there is no problem.

Yours also the same condition and the same problem.But my suggestion is to change the Refrigerator because u are saying that it was bought 10 years back, and even though if u changed the Compressor it will be working for 1 or 2 years,and again u will be having same problem,So u can change the Refrigerator and buy a new branded best one in the market.



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Either your low on freon or you have a bad expansion valve that is clogged up.If the compressor is hot to the touch.They should be warm but your pressure is to high on the highside of the compressor .the valve could cause this!Ten years is about average.

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Hi,

Your problem is most of the time dealing wih the defrost thermostat. To diagnose, look for the timer motor. Take a flathead screwdriver and turn it until it clicks. Then find the drain going to the drip pan underneath the refrigerator. If there is no water coming out after 20 minutes, the problem usually lies in the defrost thermostat (about 20 dollars) to replace yourself. Remove the inside panels leading to the evaperator and melt all the ice, cut out the the old defrost thermostat and splice in the new. To test it, put it in a glass of ice water. if after about 5 minutes there is continuity through the wires with an ohm meter, it is good. The problem is in the timer (maybe 50 dollars). As a general rule, the defrost thermostat will go bad first. One more thing that can cause your problem is a clogged drain from the evaperator section of the freezer to the drip pan. This cn cause ice to build up where you can't see it and air won't circulate well. My drain was clogged up with a piece of ice.I melted it with a hair dryer and now it works fine.

the probable part and it was easy to find and replace. i bought the part and had everything going in about 15 minutes of actual work time, and my husband didnt have to do anything. i believe this is what the part is, adaptive defroster unit, thermostat or heater unit. if you call an appliance center that sells parts and tell them what the part is and then they could confirm if that would be equal to the problems you are having. check for airfow also on of the fans may have stopped.



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