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  • shir114 Sep 17, 2009

    It turned out that an electricity surge caused an electric part to burn out. It was a minor repair and I now installed a surge protector.

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Three scenarios come to mind.. 1) The compressor may be "done" or 2) the refrigerant has leaked out. Either way, not good news. But, it may also be 3) a "stuck" defrost timer. These are simple little clock motors that that run whenever the freezer coil is below a certain temperature. After 8 - 12 hours at a low temperature, the power is switched away from the thermostat and directed to a defrost coil located in the freezer coil compartment (usually protected behind a panel in the back of the freezer). When powered, it allows the heater to melt frost off of the coil and collect in the drip pan under the fridge. If the defrost circuit didn't run, the coil would quickly clog with ice and no cooling would occur - but the compressor would run until the defrost timer kicked in again. The timer is not heavy duty - and could be stuck in the defrost setting - preventing the compressor from running. You could press your hand against the back of the freezer and feel for heat - if found, that is likely your problem. It is also possible that the heating element has failed too, in which case no heat would be felt. Replacing the defective parts isn't brain surgery - but maybe more than a DIY project due to hazardous voltage levels (120VAC) and possible exposure to freon if the coil were to become damaged.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009

  • Steve Sep 21, 2009

    Glad to hear it. I thought some more about it to - it could also have been the defrost terminator. It's a little button-like clip that attaches to the refrigerant line in the freezer compartment - sensing the temperature of the line. I wonder, was that it?

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SOURCE: kenmore refrigerator stop cooling but fan working

The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.

If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.


Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.

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