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Kenmore Elite refrigerator stops cooling - Relay keeps cycling

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We woke up this morning to find our frozen foods defrosting in our refrigerator. (Kenmore Elite model 106.50509990 side-by-side) Vacumming 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

  • seeking4help Jun 05, 2008

    hi, our refrigerator relay keep running every few minutes but both the freezer & refrig are not cold at all. we had a repairman came out and replaced the relay with a starter cap. It works for month and now the same problem seem to come back. we called the same repairman and he told us that we have bad compressor and the refrigerator is not fixable. can the compressor be replaced and how much? could replacing starter cap instead of relay caused the compressor to burned out?

    thank you in advance for your help.

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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 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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