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Our Kenmore side by side is not cooling at all on either side. The compressor is REALLY hot and the fan is not turning? Where should we start?

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  • bellsy2 Jul 11, 2009

    It may be too late? We note that the compressor is thermally protected - does that mean it shuts down automatically and how does it re-start?

  • bellsy2 Jul 11, 2009

    Further my previous issue with our Kenmore fridge...compressor hot, fan won't turn on....we've mucked around and cooled the compressor and plugged the fan back in....now the fan turns in reverse and won't cool the compressor.....HELP

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Check power going to condenser motor, but been the fact that compressor is runnig, the fan should be running also, so looks like you will have to replaced the motor

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Replace the fan motor. Turn it off until the fan motor is replaced or you will burn out the compressor.

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