Question about Kenmore 53632 / 53634 Side by Side Refrigerator
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Cooling is poor
For an overall understanding of how refrigerators should work, read about refrigerators in the How Things Work section of our website. A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:
Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.
Evaporator coils Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.
The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.
Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system:
Condenser Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.
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It's stopped completely
It's not cool
Cooling is poor
The freezer compartment is icing up
The food in the refrigerator freezes
There's water dripping inside the refrigerator
The refrigerator never cycles off
The ice maker has a problem
There's an ice- or water-dispensing problem
Posted on Dec 06, 2008
SOURCE: Refrigerator doesn't defrost
theres a defrost control on the unit that is probebly bad. its in the upper right of the refrigerator aand depending on the unit is either solid state or mechanical
Posted on Mar 27, 2009
You have a bad defrost system on this unit, that's why you're freezing up. Call us with the model number and we'll get the correct part out to you right away. We hope to hear back from you soon.
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
The defrost mode has failed...replace the defrost element or the timer...it may also be low on gas.I bet its the element....easy and cheap to replace.
Posted on Jul 20, 2010
SOURCE: Freezer is building up ice
If its again building up ice, that means the unit is not defrosting.Its starting the cooling procedure, then while defrosting, its not working.The defrost assembly consists of three main parts.The defrost thermostat, the defrost heater and defrost board.Any of the one is not functioning.When thermostat sense the maximum cooling, it triggers the defrost heater to start heating and this defrosts the ice collected on the coils and the system works.Both thermostat and heater are controlled by defrost board.First the thermostat and defrost heater to be checked, if both check ok by meter and visually, then its defrost board causing the problem.You can get required parts from from online sites like:--- www.repairclinic.com or from searspartsdirect online site. ----------- Before that you can try manual defrost reset procedure.The manual defrost reset procedure is as follows : ---- First unplug the unit from main power outlet. Then empty whole unit completely. Then keep both the doors open. Wait for 24 hours. All the ice collected on the coils and in the freezer section will get melted. Clean the water from the sections. Then Connect the power cord of the unit to main power outlet after 24 hours/.Then set the temperature to normal in both fridge and freezer section. It will take near to 4 hours to get run in its proper cooling cycle. Then check, if the problem returns again. If the same problem occurs then it's defrost problem. ------------------ This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.
Posted on Apr 05, 2011
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