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Kenmore 253.64802400 this fridge keeps running all the time and at long periods of times. Food is kept cold but it keeps running. How long is the average run cycle in a fridge. I've seen times the fridge...


Hello James;


My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

Good for you. You purchased a simple unit that does not have all of the buzzers and fancy controls that can go wrong.

The normal cycle of your unit is the temperature will rise to 20 degrees above set temperature and then shut down, until you reach 20 degrees below set temperature.

Your problem is you have a bad door seal. Your compressor is running trying to maintain the set temperature.

Ok, lets fix this problem:

1.) There are two screws in the bottom front of your refrigerator.
You want to turn these screws clockwise to raise the front of the refrigerator so it is pitched slightly back. This will assist in maintaining a good seal.
2.) Wet the door gaskets. With a hair dryer and a kitchen spatula, heat the door gaskets up pulling them out with the spatula trying to expand the crushed gasket.

If you have a bad gasket. It is easily replaced , a grooved slot. Pull out the old gasket and insert the new one.
Heat the new gasket in hot water for 30 minutes. Form and expand it with your hair dryer and spatula.

25605805-3lxxwax0f0xbqftwrz0flikt-2-0.jpg 2.) Lets finish the job: After time the door gaskets become crushed and do not maintain a good seal, so you have to recondition them. Inspect the door gasket, are there cracks and worn sections? With a hair dryer and spatula, heat the gasket while using the spatula to expand

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I have a Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator model 58647. It runs for a long time and then when it does turn off the freezer gets warm before turning back on again. It also seems to be noiser than it used...


its trying to defrost automaticly. check the settings turn off any defrost settings. i always unplug untill all ice is gone. if it still acts the same way you need to have it filled with free on

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II have a model 5707591 side by side in my garage.as long as the ambient temp is 35-40 F everything works great.when it gets below that the freezer cant keep frozen.temps will rise to 25 F while the fridge...


the thermostat isn't cycling because it's to cold in the garrage,the machine isn't calling for cold air because the garrage is so cold so the fridge isn't gonna run until the temperature starts to get warm and then the fridge will start again to keep it cold.put some heat in the garrage and it will run fine

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its not defrosting. check heater operations. bimetal near heater. check defrost timer

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the heater you mention has zero to do with evap fan
does it make ice? if so freezer is fine and problem is air to fridge side blocked

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Comperssor kicks on but quickly cuts off intermittently every 5 minutes on my frigidaire fridge side by side


Freezer defrosted everything fan continues to run but will not freeze. Compressor is cycling enough to keep refigerator section cold. 106 Series Kenmore. Turned up thermostat to keep fridge cold and a shorter intermittent compressor cycle run

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Frost forms in freezer, blocking vents so temp in both freezer and fridge is warmer than normal


You have an issue with the defrost system, either the timer, thermostat or heating element. Probably the defrost timer refer to the manual to find it. If you don't have the manual check the makers web site for a parts breakdown. You should be able to put it into defrost manually by turning the knob and see if that helps. You may need to do this sevral times as it only stays in defrost for a little over twnety minutes and run cycle for 6,8 or ten hours. If the ice build up is heavy then twenty minutes may not do the trick thus the need for repated defrost cycles. If it does the trick replace the timer. If not check the thermostat and heater element.

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Kenmore fridge not getting cold


first thing to heck would be the condenser fan motor which is located int the compressor compartment pull the refrig away form the wall remove cardboard cover and inspect the fan motor that you will see. check for obstruction or if the fan motor is seized. if this motor fails it will cause the compressor to run extremely hot then shut off on internal motor protector. if you determine the motor is bad you can place a house fan behind unit blowing on compressor area to keep unit working until you get it repaired.
Thanks Peyton

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