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I have a kenmore side by side fridge/ freezer- always worked great. model # 59658642891 plugged in and freezer will get down to 30 and then warm up to 50+ and seems the fridge isnt cooling as well either

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  • jna12 Oct 13, 2010

    I have a Kenmore side by side fridge, i recently moved- cleaned well. sat in garage for a week- off. since plugging in- the freezer will cool down to around 30 then couple hours later be at 50+ can hear the fans running and blowing cool air then they will stop and then start again. model #59658642891 have tried adjusting fridge and freezer controls and dont make any difference

  • jna12 Oct 13, 2010

    is that the fan underneath fridge? big one- if so yes

  • jna12 Oct 13, 2010

    yes- have never had any issue ever with it

  • jna12 Oct 13, 2010

    always has ran great

  • jna12 Oct 13, 2010

    its not the freon. Im an auto- heavy truck mechanic- know how ac systems work. you have no clue

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The compressor could be cutting off, because it is getting hot, because the fan is not running in the freezer.

First you have to determine if the compressor is running. It should be warm and you should be able to hear/feel it vibrating.

If it is not running then it may be a starter problem or a compressor going bad. If it is running then you may have a defrost problem.

First remove the evaporator cover in the freezer so you can see the coils. Not do not let them de-ice. If they are heavily iced/frosted over you have a defrost problem.

If yes. Manually force a defrost cycle by turning the defrost timer cam (Item in Section ) till the fans and compressor turn off. Now check the defrost heater to see if it is on.
Be careful you do not want to burn your fingers. If the heater is on then the timer needs replacing, re: it is probably stalling during it's rotation so is never getting into a defrost cycle.

If not on. Unplug the unit and remove the wire for one side of the heating element (Item in Section ) from the wiring and measure it for continuity, usually around 20 ohms or so.

If the heater is OK. Remove one wire to the defrost thermostat (Item in Section ) and measure it, should be 0 ohms when frozen. Note that it opens just above freezing so must be frozen to check it. Also inspect it, if it is bulged at all replace it even if it measures OK.

If both the above are OK then odds are the defrost timer contacts are toast.
Best way to test this is a live test to see if you have 120 volts across the heater/defrost thermostat combo.

You can read about some possible causes for that symptom at the link below. Each would have to be inspected/tested one at a time until the cause in your case is isolated: Refrigerator is not cooling properly.

Also, here are a good site with fridge repair info: acmehowto./refrigerator

Keep us updated.

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Hi,
Can you check whether the evaporator coil fan is working?
Thank you

Posted on Oct 13, 2010

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    Udhaya Rajan Oct 13, 2010

    Hi,

    Ok is the compressor running properly?Since when you having this refrigerator?


    Thank You

  • Udhaya Rajan
    Udhaya Rajan Oct 13, 2010

    Hi,

    The problem may with the refrigerant level.When you switch off the refrigerant is accumulated in receiver and once you start all the refrigerant goes for cooling.As time goes the refrigerant is not sufficient to cool the full refrigerator and the temperature goes up.Please recharge the refrigerator with more refrigerant and it will be ok.

    Thank You

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Hello,

If your refrigerator is not cooling, the problem could be any of the following, follow the steps below one after the other to fix the problem of your refrigerator not cooling.

First of all, the most simplest thing to do is to check the temperature. It might have happened that the temperature control may have been turned off unknowingly, which is the reason for the problem. So if that's the issue, just set the refrigerator at 37 degrees and you are all set.

Poor coiling leads to a heavy frost build up on the evaporator coils. A frost build up, specially on the ceiling of the freezer, is a sign of problem in the self defrosting system or damaged gaskets of the doors. Therefore, check if the refrigerator is facing such a problem and defrost the refrigerator. It would not cool well if the defrosting is not happening properly.

A dirty condenser may be the culprit for your refrigerator not cooling well. What will happen in case if the condenser is dirty is that it will cut off the extra load. That work is done by the thermostat on the side of the compressor in case the refrigerator heats more than usual. To rectify this problem clean the condenser coils using the vacuum cleaner. These are either behind or beneath the refrigerator
In case the refrigerator is not leveled, that too can lead to the refrigerator not cooling properly, because if the level is not right, the door of the refrigerator may not close correctly, causing cooling problems. If this is the case, it might be necessary to ensure that refrigerator is at level and is slightly tilted back. Do some adjustment to get that correct level using a wooden block or see if the screws on the leveling legs need some looking into.

Check out the door seal. If the door seal is worn out, it will definitely result in frost build up and that won't allow the door to close properly, thus the problem of refrigerator not cooling. In addition to that there can be a problem in the door even if the level and other things are fine. You would need something to do about the door then. May be loosen the hinges and fix them in order to get the correct position of the door. Eventually tighten the hinges.

The food and freezer sections will go dysfunctional if the evaporator fan is not working properly. This is because then there will be no airflow to the freezer or the other sections of the refrigerator. Confirm if both the fans are working well by listening to the sound emitted by them. There is a possibility that one may work and the other wont. For that, may be you would have to look for a blockage or something in the one which is not working. Even after doing this you do not find any problem in the fan, you may need to replace it. This are are the general procedure for troubleshooting refrigerator not cooling. with all this, you should be able to identify and fix the problem.

Take care.

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