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I have a Kenmore Coldspot refridgerator model #106.53554202 and the little electric box in the fridge side is emitting a high-pitched non-stop whining noise. I took the cover off the box (located in the top back of the left side wall of the fridge) and see a bunch of wires and a black bulky electrical plug looking thing. The whine is not coming from a fan and is not coming from the freezer. It's definitely the fridge side. The fridge was made in 2002 the label says. I tried turning it off for a minute and turning it back on. I tried to adjust the coldness levels. Nothing stopped the whining. Any ideas how to fix this?

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SOURCE: Kenmore 596-76512 fridge not cooling freezer seems to be working still

If the fan above the evaporator coils in back of the cover isn't running then no cold air will be blown up to the fridge area. That's a common failure item and very easy to replace yourself. And by the way... $200 bucks and 2 weeks out is about normal these days believe it or not. It's what we would charge ya! :) At least you did the troubleshooting and saved yourself a couple hundred bucks.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007

SOURCE: Kenmore side by side no longer freezing on freezer side and not as cold as it should be on both sides

We had the same thing happened. We called Sears and scheduled a repair. Apparently there is a small electric heater that keeps the coils from freezing up and had to be replaced, about $80, I think. Not sure if that is your problem.

Posted on Mar 03, 2008

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SOURCE: refridgerator not very cold

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Posted on Mar 04, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore Coldspot w/Ice Maker Not Making Ice

hi LOP7,
In most cases you can easily solve this problem.
step one would be to make sure your freezer is getting cold enough. If you have icecream in your freezer is it frozen solid or is it soft. Most icemakers cycle around 0 degrees and if your freezer is not getting to 0 then it will not cycle and it will not make ice.
Step two would be to make sure you icemake is cycling. To do this simply lift the little shut off arm on your icemaker and wait about an hour then go back to the icemaker and drop the arm down. The icemaker should start going through a cycle. You should notice the arm slowly begin to raise and the ice dispencer fingers will begin to turn. Then you will hear it call for water. You may hear a humm.
If the freezer is cold enough and the icemaker is cycling that only leaves the inlet valve. replace the valve and enjoy the ice.
If the freezer is cold enought and the icemaker does not cycle, then you have a bad icemaker. Simply replace the icemaker and viola.
Third if the freezer is not cold enought 0 defrees. Then you may have a defrost problem. In this case post more info and I will be happy to help. Good luck mca0824@aol.com

Posted on Apr 30, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore Coldspot 106.9552610 not cold enough

Inside the fresh food compartment look for an opening that will allow you to turn the defrost timer clockwise slowly. When you hear it click the refrigerator should go into defrost. If the timer is bad it will need replaced. Let me know. Below is a photo of timer.
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