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Kenmore refrigerator not cooling or freezing

My refrigerator/freezer will not cool or freeze. Fan runs, however the compressor does start up or run. What are some things I should try.

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  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2008

    I have the same problem: the fans are running, but it seems that the compressor is not working and it doesn't freeze.

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2008

    the compresor on the fridge wont kick on

  • RiskMgr Apr 01, 2008

    My Kenmore 77179 is 14 months old and, wouldn't you know it the freezer stops working right after the warranty expires. The problem is that the compressor does not kick in. The fan runs and the freezer temp is around 50 F. The Refrigerator portion is warmer around 60F. I looked at the back of the fridge and there are no icing around the coils, no condensation, no overheated parts.

    The only thing odd that I see are: (1) an elongated, vertical test-tube looking copper thing with a cone-shaped top, at the bottom right of the fridge, that has some green flaky corrosion around its top; and (2) two thin copper tubes with closed end, one coming out of the test-tube like thing and another one coming out of the compressor (big black ball like object). In looking at the closed-end tubes, it appears that they both have been mechanically pinched off by an industrial pliers. Perhaps from the factory?

    I don't know if the pinched closed-end tubes is at fault or if the slight corroded vertical tube is at fault but I appreciate any help in solving this matter.


  • mannys737 Jun 28, 2008

    my freezer is defrosting and seems to not be freezing sounds like it is still working the fan that is

  • delnavy52 Jul 09, 2008

    exactly the same problem. However, I did clean the dust

    off the cooling coils before. The fan does run.

  • heeih Jul 20, 2008

    MY fan in my kenmore side by side is working but ther is no cool air. I hear the compressor trying to start but then in does not click in. I have had my regerator for 6 years. The day before it was doing great then all of the sudden one day after work I went to fix supper and my ice defrosted and my food in my freezer was thawing. Please help.....

  • juju8793 Aug 14, 2008

    i have a kenmore with the freezer on the bottom and the refrig is 72 degrees and the freezer is 32. i just noticed last night. it seems that the compressor and fan is working. model# 596.76533 500 ser# 10262777gv. i have a sears repairman coming later for $65 diag fee. i have only had the unit for 23 months. what could be the problem?

  • hqd1980 Feb 07, 2009

    No, But I have a question I need your help on.

    The fan will not run until I turn the temperature on the T-stat from off to 3/4 of the coldest range, then the fan will run, and compressor will kick on, I touch the compressor is feel very hot, and after the fan ran for a day or two and stop, I have to reset the temperature from T-stat again to make the fan run.

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    both frig and freezer will wor perfectly then it will shut down and not come on for a while. will turn off for a few hours and restart and it will work fine for a bout seven days and the routine will begin again. what is the problem

  • depict7 Jan 08, 2010

    why does my kenmore refrigerator stop cool and freeze

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    TFF 24R refrigerator cools, but the freezer is not freezing. Could it be the turbo fan not working, and where is it located?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    its a whirlpool modelet8gtmxkq02



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My refrigerator suddenly stop cooling all the fans run normal. It makes a click Noyce.

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The compressor is not running just the fan. The freezer is not cooling at all. What could the reason.

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Do you have any cooling in the freezer side at all please hold my rating till we finish if you have cooling look at the back wall of the freezer is there heavy frost there toward the bottom there is a small tube comming out of the compressor is it hot you will see in the compressor compartment a filter drier will have a tiny copper tube comming feel that see if its cold before that did you make a typo on the compressor running is it running or not

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SOURCE: fan runs freezer and fridge don't cool

Please check the model number again, I can't locate that number. The number should be like for example 194.258978 Look at following areas for the model number

  • Beneath Or Inside Food Compartment On Cabinet Frame
  • On Plate Lower Front Or Rear Of Cabinet
  • Beside Compressor Door On Right End
  • Near Rear Of Cabinet
  • Inside Liner At Top
  • I think your refrigerator has a defrost timer and this may be the problem, Let me know what you find, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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SOURCE: Refrigerator and Freezer Not Cooling nor Freezing

That leaves only one possible fault; the volatile component of your coolant/lubricant has escaped.
If the unit has been moved or cleaned carelessly, one of the coolant- bearing tubes has developed a leak. Any refrigeration tech will have a leak detector in his tool set so it shouldn't be difficult to find.
Depending on the area in which you live, expect the troubleshooting and recharging to run ~$150-$250 US.
If you reside in the US, check your local (area) Better Business Bureau for a trustworthy service company.   

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