Kenmore Freezer Model 253.26732104 Compressor will not turn on, checked power coming in ohm'd out compressor, both fine. Interior & exterior lights work, thermostat doesn't illuminate or indicate temperature. Belongs to a church-lady who bought it new in 2007, and is cooking for a wedding for 200 next week and REALLY needs it working ASAP! Please help!
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Re: Kenmore Freezer Model 253.26732104 Compressor
The defrost timer may need reseting. when the defrost is on, it cuts power to the compressor so they don't run at the same time. it's usually behind the bottom front grate on the right side. also check the main circuit board. there's a fuse on it.
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If, by plug in you mean the socket, then you need to check the fuse in the power plug next.
At the very lease there should be some light on the unit that illuminate even if it does not FREEZE.
If the compressor comes on wait to see if there is any drop in temperature. then it is possible the fuse was faulty.
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Turn the interior temperature control back on by setting at approx halfway between "off" and "coldest". (Make certain the branch circuit is hot - you should hear the compressor turn on when you set the control, possible an interior light will come on as well).
If the freezer does not run, check to see if you accidiently pulled the flash defrost plnger (if equipped). (See age 8 in your manual).
You will need a meter. I wouldn't worry too much about the light unless you realy need it. There is a good chance some moisture has got into the connection and ruined the switch. But if you have no light and no compressor running I would have to check where the main connections are for power to the freezer. If you have power to the receiving end of thempower cord then I would move to the t-stat to see if the contacts are closing when you turn it colder. If they do and you have power through the t-stat then move to the compressor. Pull the little black cover off of the compressor when the power is off for safety reasons, then plug it in and check for incoming power to the compressor. If it is there then you may have a faulty compressor or overload or relay. But that is a slim to nun chance. Probubally the compressor. To check the compressor pull all of the wires off of the compressor remembering where they go( unplug freezer first). Then use the ohm meter and chech across all three terminals. Two terminals will have a low ohm reading 1-5. Then the other will be 5-10 the the last will add up the the others if it woes not then the compressor is shot.
Check that the freezer has power. After that make sure the thermostat is turned down low. If it still isn't starting, listen for any clicks like its trying to start. If no clicks, replace the start capacitor or thermostat. If there's clicks like its trying to start, try a hard start kit for your freezer, or you might just need a new compressor
They make generic "compressor packs" to solve these. Your capacitors and relay and parts that support the compressor operation went out.
If you're really really like just the temp overload switch went and you can jumper bypass it. It usually looks like a piezo electric type of disc connected right onto the comp case itself.
But you're right with the DT, the motors go out on them a lot. They are usually for 4/6/10/12 hours depending on make and model. Sometimes the contacts go So if you could isolate them... they're on the larger side and will go from the power to the compressor. Use a jumper and test for a complete circuit to the plug and through the compressor before trying it.
By law all freezers and ovens have to have a schematic diagram on them. Often it it in a little plastic package and sometimes just wallpapered to the inside of a large piece of sheetmetal in back.
The first thing to find out is what is running and what is not. If I am reading the specs on your unit right this is a frost free unit. There should be a fan inside behind the back wall.
Plug the freezer into a known good outlet and turn the dial up. If the fan comes on then go behind the freezer and down at the bottom is a compressor, you should be able to hear that running as it and fan should run together.
If they are running and no cooling takes place in 24 hours you have a problem in the sealed system, most likely the refrigerant has leaked out.
If nothing is running you have either:
- A bad thermostat, (the control behind the dial) It can be checked with an ohmmeter, with the power off and wires disconnected the meter should read 0 ohms when the dial is turned up
- A broken or chewed through wire (could be anywhere)
- A defrost timer that is stuck in defrost. It can be checked with an ohmmeter using a similar method as the thermostat.
Either the thermostat has inadvertently been turned up, (too warm) or the gas in the compressor tank is low. If it isn't #1, call a repair tech to replentish the has in your compressor. If that isn't it he will tell you what he thinks it is. Good luck!
The thermostat should be a close circuit when requesting cold temps. or when asking the compressor to come on. The exterior surface on some freezers warm when asking for cold inside. Yours has a condenser coil on the back and that should warm when cooling. If compressor is runningit should be wrm if no freon has leaked from freezer somewhere.
The defrost timer should rotate clockwise during the day and give approx. 3 defrost daily or about every 8 hours. Until the thermostat is resolved and asks for a closed circuit the compressor will not come on. Unplug freezer from outlet,remove thermostat wires, then turn the thermostat to its coldest setting and check again. If no closed circuit the thermostat will need replaced first. Hope this has helped you, Sea Breeze