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Kenmore Elite stops cooling - Relay keeps cycling

Hello,
We woke up this morning to find our frozen foods defrosting in our refrigerator. (Kenmore Elite model 106.50509990 black side-by-side)
Vacuuming out the coils under the unit was of no help. Every few minutes the relay (attached to the side of the compressor) clicks (on?) and then clicks again (off?) about 5 seconds later. The top of the compressor feels somewhat hot. From what I can see there is no ice built up behind the back panel of the freezer. What really seems funny is that the refrigerator side still seems to be cool, but the freezer side is rather warm. The repair company is backed up and cannot come out until Thursday (3 days). Can anyone please help. Thanks.

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  • k6_user Dec 18, 2007

    Yep, that did the trick!!!
    Thanks very much peyton32034, you truely are a "Guru"
    Thanks,
    Drew

  • jackerack Feb 24, 2008

    I had the same problem I smacked the compressor with my hand a few times and it worked for 3 days and quit again. I smacked it again and the relay plug on the compressor shorted out and started smoking. I unpluged imidiatly, pulled the wires and pluged in direct compressor started, I unpluged to see if it would keepstarting by itself but the therd time it froze up again. Do you think I need a new compressor ?

  • BornToLoose Apr 23, 2008

    I have the exact same problem, and I am nearly sure the faulty part is the "relay" as peyton32034 suggested. When I checked near the compressor for the relay, there was no cover for it because it melted. However I don't know what is the name of this "relay" so I can't go search for. My compressor is a "zem r134a 90aa" in Bosch refrigerator.
    Any idea how can I call/describe that "relay" part when I'll buy?

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I had the same problem with my Kenmore refrigerator and the repairman said it was the relay sensor on the compressor. He said it will be easy to tell if the relay is out because you will hear things rattle inside when you shake it. He pulled th old relay off and I could hear the rattle inside like he said. He then showed me the new one and there were no sounds when I shook it. He put the new one on and it fixed our problem. I wish I had known this prior to calling the repairman because he charged me $275 for the repair. Looks like you can find the part on-line for around $50.

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The relay on the compressor is most likely the culprit part# 8201786 you can buy it at the local sears parts and repair center it is very easy to replace it. your refrig compartment will start warming up soon. to prevent damage to your compressor probably a good idea to unplug the refrig until you get the part replaced..

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite refrigerator stops cooling - Relay keeps cycling

the relay on the compressor is most likely the culprit part# 8201786 you can buy it at the local sears parts and repair center it is very easy to replace it. your refrig compartment will start warming up soon. to prevent damage to your compressor probably a good idea to unplug the refrig until you get the part replaced..

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The compressor is locked up. Basically it is stuck. You can pick up at the local appliance parts store a hard start relay, Home Depot ,Lowes, or or those guys wont have it. Its not too expensive and is worth trying because your only other option is you need to replace the compressor. The part is called a kick start or hard start, the guy at the parts store will know what you are talking about. It is simple to connect and has the wiring directions on it. Sometimes this is all it takes. I have been able to get a stuck compressor to go by placing a short 2x4 on it and whack it with a hammer a few times. This is only a temporary fix though, as it will eventually lock up again, but emergency situation this saved the food. If the fridge has a fan back there make sure it works too, it may have been the original cause. Good luck.

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