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Kenmore runs all the time

MIne runs all the time but and everything is frozen but it will not stop running I have unplugged it cleaned it and it still keeps running everything is super cold! not sure what to do.

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  • sailoff
    sailoff Jun 21, 2009

    I can replace the thermostat not a problem but I went back out there and I tapped on the temp gauge and it stopped running so going to try to clean the contacts in there first with the air compressor see if there is dirt in the contacts. Then if that fails I will get a new thermostat the freezer is in a wood shop so it gets real dusty!

  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    Your thermostat has failed - please reply with the exact model # if you require additional help.



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Hi, Make sure you controls are at factory settings. Both controls should be at half of whatever is on the dial.
You should also check the freezer temp and it should read 0 to 5 above zero. If the freezer is holding this temp, the fresh food side should be 34 to 38.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can assist you further.


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