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KSRB22F Kitchenaid freezer not cold

KSRB22F Kitchenaid Sidebyside:
Freezer isn't cold anymore, all food is thawing. Air is blowing out top vent of freezer, but is only a little cooler than room temp. Too early to tell if fridge has gone out too, but it seems like it probably isn't as cold as it should be. Might be my immagination. On the back of the unit, I see that a fan near the floor on the freezer side is running. I unplugged it for a minute or two and thought it sounded good when I plugged it back in. It is now making periodic clicks.

Is there any thing for me to do? Switches to flip or buttons to push? I am not an electrician, but I am handy with a volt meter and whatnot.

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  • kotefare Oct 04, 2009

    Thanks. It seems like it's getting colder since I unplugged/plugged it. But again, I don't have a thermometer that reads cold temps well, so it might be my imagination. It clicks every 10 minutes or so. It's currently making that "fridge" sound. At least it does until the click. Which is probably what you mean by the compressor overloading.



    Where do I get a new relay?



    How much will compressor repairs cost me if it is indeed the compressor? It's 7+ years old and I'm trying to decide if I should just invest in a new one.

  • kotefare Oct 05, 2009

    I was unable to find a relay locally so I ordered one of off ebay. Hope that fixes my problem. If not, it was $15 and a couple days down the drain. Along with all of my food. :( I did put bags of ice in the fridge/freezer to give us some extra time to use up what we could.

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The clicks, if coming from the back in the area of the compressor behind the cardboard backing, is probably the starter/overload relay. You can test it with an ohm meter. See how here> http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/freezer/check/compressorrelay2.php Part 15 here is your relay. http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getSubComp.pd?modelNumber=KSRB22FGBL00&productCategoryId=0165000&brandId=0593&modelName=SIDE-BY-SIDE-REFRIGERATOR&diagramPageId=00008&componentDescription=UNIT&documentId=O2027756&blt=06 If the relay is good the problem is with the compressor and will require a tech to replace which is not cheap.

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Sounds to me the clicking is the relay, which may be bad., I was have a pro come out and diagnose it and repalce it.,

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  • Greg Mills Oct 04, 2009

    compressors can be pricy but cheaper than a new unit. It all comes down to whether or not you like your current unit. otherwise buy a new one.

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Most of the times the problem in Kitchenaid refrigerators when you heard a clicking sound it's the compressor trying to start and goes off on overload ,this could be , a bad compressor or a bad relay ,but 90% of the time is the relay that's bad .Try replacing the relay first (no more than $30) It is located on the side of the compressor behind the black plastic cover (the cover has a metal strip around and attached to the compressor) Once you take the cover off you'll see the relay (brown) and the thermal protector ,both are plugged in to the compressor.Pull the relay or both out (remember or write down where the wires go) and buy the same one and replace it, if still don't work ,the problem is with the compressor itself.

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