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Kenmore Elite 106.54603300 no cold air in either side

I have a Kenmore Elite Stainless side-by-side model 106.54603300 that stop working last night. Lights work, Fans work, no cold air in either side. Condenser is warm/hot and clicks. No other noises can be heard from it. Tried turning it off for a while but no luck still does not get cold in either side.

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The problem is most likely the start relay for the compressor. The part number for the relay is 2319792

The picture below shows the location of the relay, on the side of the compressor there is a black cover (part 12 below). The metal band on the cover is holding it on. With the power off (unplug the frig), take this cover off. Next write down the wires and where they are connected or take a digital picture of the terminals so you can remember where the wires go. Part 16 in the picture pulls off the compressor terminals, it may be tight and need to be gently pried off with a screw driver. once off, shake the relay, if it rattles at all it is bad for sure.

Let me know if you have questions or need more assistance.

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Posted on May 29, 2010

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  • lawrencedigi May 29, 2010

    took the relay off, shook the relay and it made a rattle sound. Like something inside was loose, like metal parts or something. Not loud, but noticeable. Should a fully operational part make no noise at all?

  • Philip May 29, 2010

    A new relay of this type will not make the rattle sound.

  • Philip May 29, 2010

    You should be able to find a local appliance parts dealer that would have the part in stock as it is pretty common.

  • lawrencedigi Jun 01, 2010

    Ok, parts stores were open today. got the part, installed it, seems to be getting cold, however i hear a "click" sound every so often from the area where the part is installed. Is this normal?

  • Philip Jun 01, 2010

    You may here a ticking, more of a mechanical sound from the refrigerant from time to time. Saying that you should not hear the relay or overload(both are inside that cover) they should be pretty much silent.

    Make sure the fan below is running to keep the compressor cool and the back panel is on covering the compressor and coils, this cover directs the air flow across the compressor, if the compressor gets too hot while running this could cause it to click on and off from time to time and still be cooling.

  • lawrencedigi Jun 01, 2010

    fans are running, it was a "tick" sound comming from the area of the part. It has been three hours with the doors closed and it is only kinda cool inside.

  • Philip Jun 01, 2010

    It will take about 24 to cool all the way down to temp. The back wall of the freezer should start to feel the coldest

  • lawrencedigi Jun 02, 2010

    ok, just checked it again, not cooling off. checked the compressor, it was hot. turned it off and took the part back out and now it rattles.

    the whole underside of the unit has been cleaned, no dust, both fans are working, lights are on.

    I'm very confused.

  • Philip Jun 02, 2010

    Was the relay the part number I gave you? The 2319792.

    The only thing I can think is either the relay was bad or it is the wrong one. If the cooling started and the condenser was clean and fan running it should work fine. I have never heard of a relay failing so soon even if it was hot down there.



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