Question about Kenmore 51692 / 51694 / 51699 Side by Side Refrigerator
I have a Kenmore refrigerator I purchased a little over 5 years ago (so I assume the warranty's over). About a month ago, the fridge started making clicks and buzzes, and then suddenly stopped working. Reading the manual, I figured I needed to clean the condenser coils. After vacuuming the dust (and there was a lot of dust!), the fridge worked like it was brand new.
Well, it worked really well for two about weeks until the dreadful buzz noise returned.This time, I tried shaking the starter unit, and I didn't hear anything. I then followed some tips off of the internet and tried testing the compressor and the starter unit with a multitester, but the readings seemed okay for the compressor and the starter. The capacitor's reading didn't seem to be consistent, but the initial reading seemed okay. So I turned the fridge back on, and the thing worked for about a week. I started hearing the noise again this morning, and I figured, maybe the compressor just needs a bit of cooling down, so I turned the fridge off for over 30 minutes. And presto, the fridge is working again. I'm tempted to purchase a new capacitor, since that seems to be about the cheapest part I could replace with my bare hands (& with my almost no-knowledge on how to repair a fridge.)
I'd appreciate it if someone can tell me what might be going wrong here. Thanks!
The only thing a capacitor does is 'kick' the compressor to start it. There is a box on the compressor containing the start relay. If it is defective or dirty, it might buzz. With the power off, find it, remove its cover and use some canned air to blow off any dirt inside. If that doesn't fix it, replace it. If there is a fan down there, be careful...and be sure it is working.
Posted on Dec 23, 2007
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