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Kenmore Smart Reach refrigerator

This unit just does not seem to get really cold. The setting knob is turned
to the coldest setting for both the top and freezer area. I put a thermometer in the top and it reads between 4 & 5. In the other refrigerator it reads right at 3. Do I need to call a service tech?
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HVACRH20
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SOURCE: Kenmore Side by Side Refrigerator, freezer doesn't work, refrigerator works

Unless specifically made for use in a garage most units won't work properly. The owners manual should say what the temp range for proper operation is (usually 55F is the low range). This is because the refrigerator section doesn't need to be "cooling" to maintain 37F if the temps on the outside are below 55F. These things are made to work in a 70F room and will not work properly if under 55F. Stupid thing thinks it's cold enough so it will never turn on, the refer section will stay cold/cool due to outside temps but since the compressor never runs the freezer will just be the same temp as the refer section (at best). Sorry, but in order for a freezer or refrigerator to work in an unheated space it must have the temp control device controling the freezer section NOT the fresh food section. In other words, that model will not work in a garage unless the temps are above 55F always.

Posted on Feb 08, 2007

watugot
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SOURCE: Foul rotting vegetable type odor in top of Kenmore refrigerator

If the icemaker motor or heater short out it will cause a foul odor. I have never heard it described as cooked broccoli, but it can be pretty bad. Remove the icemaker and inspect the bottom of it where the heater element is and remove the white cover of the motor and look in there. You can take the three screws out of the motor module and see if anything is burned on it.
If you can rule out the icemaker, the next things to check would be the evaporator fan motor and defrost heater. Generally, if a fan motor starts causing an odor it will stop running completely and if a defrost heater goes out it will quit defrosting. It is possible, but unlikely, that something has gotten into the evaporator area and is sitting on the defrost heater so that it is "cooking" during the defrost cycle.
Check the icemaker first, it is the most likely cause of the odor. Post back with complete model number if you need further assistance and we will go through checking everything else.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007

dididsaythat
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SOURCE: freezer works fine but no cold air in refrigerator...

Check make sure evapurator fan is blowing and nothing blocking any return vents in refrigeratro side prevent air from recirclating

Posted on Dec 01, 2007

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SOURCE: Kenmore Refrigerator 596.72913200 refrigerator is cold and freezer is cold but nothing is frozen

hi lussed,
your problem is still poping up even though it was resolve already. i guessed you should rate a technician in this form as to delete the work from the list of jobs to do.. i am on the way to solve it but you had it solve with a real technician.

can you just rate me?...thanxs...

drcool299

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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SOURCE: Freezer too cold--refrigerator too warm

If the cold control is not adjusting the temp when you move it, that can be part of the problem.
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The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.


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hi lussed,
your problem is still poping up even though it was resolve already. i guessed you should rate a technician in this form as to delete the work from the list of jobs to do.. i am on the way to solve it but you had it solve with a real technician.

can you just rate me?...thanxs...

drcool299

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