I have a kenmore side by side model # 106.52532101. The fan runs and the compressor kicks on for 7 seconds and kicks right back off and is warm. Both sides of the fridge are warm, one day just stopped working. Could it be the relay? Thank you for your time.
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With that amount of info it would be hard to try to pinpoint it. Here's a list of items that can cause a refrigerator to not cool.
Items that will cause a refrigerator not to cool..... 1. Defective thermostat 2. Defective freezer fan motor 3. Defective defrost timer 4. Defective defrost thermostat 5. Defective defrost main heater. 6. Defective condenser fan motor 6. Defective compressor overload protector 7. Defective compressor start relay 8. Defective compressor start/run capacitor (some models only) 9. Defective compressor 10. Restriction in refrigeration sealed system 11. Loss of refrigerant (leak) 12. Excessively dirty condenser 13. Broken wires, bad wire harness connectors, ect. 14. Defective fan motor switch (some models only)
As you can see it could be one of many,many items. If your handy with a meter you might want to start at the bottom back of the machine where the compressor is located.
Sounds as if it is not running, or running without refrigerant in the system.
Also, if it has a cooling fan motor in that area, make sure it runs, since all fan motors are wired to run at the same time.
It sounds like you may have toasted one of the starting componets. Either the start relay or the start capacitor has probably failed, causing the compressor to try to start, and then kick off on overload. Hope this helps
you may have a fried start or run cap and hopefully not a spendy board like everything runs on these days....bad caps(capacitors) will cause compressor not to start and run but arent needed for fans to kick on ....
The compressor is locked up. Basically it is stuck. You can pick up at the local appliance parts store a hard start relay, Home Depot ,Lowes, or or those guys wont have it. Its not too expensive and is worth trying because your only other option is you need to replace the compressor. The part is called a kick start or hard start, the guy at the parts store will know what you are talking about. It is simple to connect and has the wiring directions on it. Sometimes this is all it takes. I have been able to get a stuck compressor to go by placing a short 2x4 on it and whack it with a hammer a few times. This is only a temporary fix though, as it will eventually lock up again, but emergency situation this saved the food. If the fridge has a fan back there make sure it works too, it may have been the original cause. Good luck.