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Compressor Stops on Kenmore Chest Freezer

Model 253.8193616 will not start by itself but if I tap it real good beside the temp control knob and call it by it's right name, the compressor starts right up again. I do this twice a day but I want to leave the house for a couple of days....is there a part I can replace? Although the unit is 16 years old, it looks new and is worth saving. Please help.

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The thermostat needs to be replaced part # 216230400 it is $59.51 at www.sears.com (parts) or it is $52.45 at www.apdepot.com this will fix ya.... both will ship direct to you. If you have to leave you can unplug unit and jumper out the thermostat 2 wires plug back in. This will make the unit run 24/7 until you get the part but it is better than losing the food

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Sounds like the temp control has begun to acquire oxidation on the contacts inside of it. When you tap near it, there is just enough impulse vibration for the spring-loaded contact points to help the electricity to find a path through the oxidation. If you feel strong one day, take it apart and polish the metal contacts to remove the oxidation. Then re-assemble it and re-connect the wires. Should be good as new again. Second option...replace the control dial unit. Most contact points in electronics are designed to have a "wiping" effect when they are actuated thus removing any oxidation from the mating surfaces.

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