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Kenmore side by side not cold

Sounds like it is running w/o compressor. Fan goes good. I can feel air moving in both freezer and fridge. Compressor kicks on and then right back off in less than 20 seconds. Everything is clean and no major heat issues noticed in back. Refridgerator is located in the garage if that makes any difference. I have a freezer right next to it that works just fine.

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Re: Kenmore side by side not cold

The relay overload on the compressor is bad. very common problem. replace relay overload and it will work again. unplug from wall until you replace it.

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