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Frigidaire M -FRS6LR5EW3 S/N 4863814836. Unit only gets 50degree in the freezer side. Ice accumlates in area of DFT about the size of a small fist. The compressor was cycling on and off, changed relay, compressor working, still not cooling. changed control board, still not cooling. Seems as if refrigerant is low or compressor has bad valves. Need help.

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It hardly matters what the electronics or thermostat is doing - if the compressor is running, if it is in good order and properly gassed one connecting pipe rapidly becomes warm and the other cool.

The idea of refrigeration is circulating gas/liquid to move heat out of the cabinet and disperse it to atmosphere and the heat removed from the cabinet causes the condenser to become quite warm. Feeling the inside of the cabinet and wondering if it is cooling can be confusing. Feeling the heat from the condenser is a much more reliable guide to the efficiency and correct operation of a fridge.

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    I meant to say, if the condenser is quite warm but the inside of the cabinet isn't particularly cold, it is possible the auto defrost heater is operating continuously.



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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite refrigerator stops cooling - Relay keeps cycling

the relay on the compressor is most likely the culprit part# 8201786 you can buy it at the local sears parts and repair center it is very easy to replace it. your refrig compartment will start warming up soon. to prevent damage to your compressor probably a good idea to unplug the refrig until you get the part replaced..

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite stops cooling - Relay keeps cycling

the relay on the compressor is most likely the culprit part# 8201786 you can buy it at the local sears parts and repair center it is very easy to replace it. your refrig compartment will start warming up soon. to prevent damage to your compressor probably a good idea to unplug the refrig until you get the part replaced..

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In turning it off you may have only closed the air damper. Set it to 1/2 way.
If ice or frost in the air damper area on refrigerator side you may not be defrosting the freezer coil.

Inspect from bottom looking up with a mirror and flashlight. You should have no Ice buildup frost that is even and white is normal. Feel Check the back wall mid way down to 1/4 way to bottom. Push on the wall slightly. Crunching like frost or snow behind wall is not normal. I suspect non defrosting here.
Next eliminate the inside fan motor. It has to run to push air all over the freezer and refrigerator. If this fan doesn't run the results will be only the area with the refrigeration evaporator coil will cool and it may get too cold and resemble a non defrosting situation where the air is not able to circulate because of frost build up.

Next eliminate the Ice maker and light as a source of heat. Unscrew and unplug them
Next eliminate the door gaskets from not sealing. A piece of paper set tween the door and frame and pulled across it and you feel resistance all the way and the gaskets are smooth and not warped they are OK

Next inspect the condenser fan and coil by the compressor underneath. A dirty coil here will cause diminished heat removal and possible for a partial cooling of some of the freezer.

Only after inspecting all these items and determining they are OK should you proceed with refrigerant checking. Also a person with out the ability to measure the actual amount of refrigerant being put in should be shown the door. Even with topping off (adding some) refrigerant I use a scale to determine that I do not put in too much. So if you have a friend that does this and no way to tell how much is too much.... well with all due respect your getting what you pay for.

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SOURCE: frigidaire refrigerator compressor buzzes but won't start.

The compressor is seized it needs to be replaced log on to and find a local service provider if you purchased prior to the end of 06 and if less than 5 years old it has warranty coverage on sealed system repairs. check your manual to be sure. you can try what it is called a hard start might work for a while it uses a larger capacitor to give a bigger kick upon start up.

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