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I have a kenmore refrigerator side by side about ten years old . works for about acouple of weeks fan motor shuts down coil freezes up in freezer compartment unplug uniy for aday plug back in fan turns on and unit will run for acouple of weeks

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There are many reasons for this problem. Here are a few common reasons. You may need a tech to determine exactly which part is at fault.

Defrost Problem
Modern refrigerators are designed to self defrost and it is essential to the airflow to have an evaporator coil that is clear for air movement. If the rear interior panel of the freezer has frost appearing, it is most likely a defrost problem and must be corrected before temperatures can be restored to normal.

Dirty condenser Coil
Check the condenser coils for lint and restrictions. It is located underneath the refrigerator and accessible from the rear. A dirty condenser coil will result in poor cooling, especially in the freezer.

Faulty Condenser Fan Motor
The condenser fan motor is found under the refrigerator near the compressor. This motor is essential to proper cooling. If the fan motor is not running, there will not be proper heat removal from the condenser and the result will be higher than normal temperatures in the freezer and usually in the fresh food section. Ensure the fan motor is running when the compressor is on.

Low Refrigerant Charge
If the unit has a low refrigerant change, the freezer will not reach proper temperatures.

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Posted on Jul 07, 2010

  • kozboys Jul 08, 2010

    this is koz boys refrigerator is maintaining temp everything is clean . fan motor on condenser works fan motor on frezzer side is the fan that some times shuts off and then does not come back on . its been two days now that the refridggerator has been working. i am wondering if when it goes into defrost and when it comes out of its cycle why does the fan sometimes does not start up

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    ZJ Limited Jul 09, 2010

    There are many separate
    components in a refrigerator's defrost system that must work in consort
    for a frost free system to work properly. We will attempt to explain the
    workings using simplified electrical schematics.


    The heart of the
    defrost system is the defrost timer. The timer is a motorized device
    that opens and closes electrical contacts. Each contact can be thought
    as a light switch, one controls the defrost cycle, the other the cooling
    system. When one of these is switched on, the other is switched off. A
    motor on the timer (NOT illustrated) turns a cam that opens and closes
    these contacts at set intervals (see below for other types).

    The defrost timer eventually
    switches into defrost mode and supplies power to the defrost heater(s)
    to melt any frost that has accumulated on the evaporator (cooling) coil.


    The cold control
    contacts remain closed but since the defrost timer is no longer feeding
    power to that circuit, the compressor does not run.



    Once the defrost termination
    thermostat (a.k.a. defrost limit switch) senses a set temperature, it
    opens the circuit to the defrost heaters, shutting them off. The timer
    remains in the defrost cycle until the timer advances back to the
    cooling mode. Since the limit switch is open, the heaters are no longer
    on for the rest of the cycle.



    Keep in mind that, normally the interior
    evaporator and exterior (if present) condenser fan motors should run
    whenever the compressor is running and vise versa. If the timer is
    stopping operation of the cooling system, neither the fans nor
    compressor should usually be running at that time. Its possible that you have the problem there.

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