Temperature alarm went off on our 1998 Kenmore model 2539280412. I pulled the panel over the evaporator and found a small amount of ice on the tubes leading to the evaporator coil and ice was plugging the drain hole. The compressor was warm, but not hot, to the touch after a minute or more of run-time. Is it time to replace the fridge? I can't think of anything that would cause the compressor to not run hot. Thanks!
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Compressors will normally run hot to the touch, but should not have a burning smell. If the compressor does need to be replaced you would be better off getting a new freezer. Compressor replacement with the labor can run into more than a new freezer.
If your compressor is running with no freon, It should be very hot. Check if it is. And if it is and the freon has leaked out. Then you must find the leak in the system before you add more freon. If you dont this will be an ongoing problem. The freon will leak out after any length of time. This is a very hard task to find the leak, and you will be money ahead to buy another if you dont find the leak than to re charge every year or so.
You said, The warranty
just ran out, Sears came out told me needs a control board ($210 for
just labor to replace) not sure about part price. I though a new
freezer is about twice his labor and parts, so I sent him away minus
I did some troubleshooting
today, pull the plug for 2 days. Plug it in, temp alarm goes on all the
time. Turn alarm off, left the freezer running for 4hrs.
Not cold at all, some cool air. Fan is on, compressor is on (can hear
humming noise and is vibrating). Compressor is very hot to the touch,
could burn finger.
Should I call Sears again, wonder how much to fix all the problem? Or
just give up, look for another brand new one (not Kenmore).
MY ADVICE: Sounds like a big repair bill and multiple problems
How old is the appliance?
If the appliance is 10 years old or more you may not be advisable to put good money into bad! New appliance are so much more efficient today that they can save you a lot of money in energy!!!! Replace it.
You will be fine
Bless You huuum
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when its running how hot are the sides the starting amps are too high and 1.5 running amps ain't bad now the the cut in cut out are too high if you look on the dial that the mid point settings that's where you should have it not on 1 1 is hot set it on the straight line that's where you should do all your testing colder settings go up not down you could be overheating the compressor by making it come on too quick the freezer should be about -10 or so do you see any gaps in the gasket
is it possible the door has not been closed at some point?
If so they can build up with ice in the evaporator which the defrost system cannot handle....Try a manual defrost.
Depending on where the unit is installed high ambient temperature can drop the internal temp enough to set the alarm off though they will still freeze sufficiently
Will need a little more information to assist you with answers. Will need the model number if available for you Kenmore and will usually be on inside Freezer/refrigerator door and near bottom. Will look like model #363.1234567 for example.
Now if it's not cooling at all, is the compressor running beneath the fridge? Is the condenser fan running that is below the freezer and near the compressor? Is the evaporator fan blowing air in the freezer section? Do you hear clicking noises in the compressor area and can you feel the compressor to see if you feel warm or hot to touch around its side and top? Can you tell me of any other things that you noticed before the refrigerator stopped working? Is the temp control digital or manual settings? Has the settings been changed since you turned the refrigerator off and then back on? Thanks, Sea Breeze