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Refrigerator stopped cooling

Since this morning, my Kenmore Elite ColdSpot refrigerator (Model # 106.53606202) has stopped cooling (both freezer and main compartment). Here is what I am noticing: * It is getting power since the lights are on. * The fan in freezer is blowing air but it is not cold enough. * Nothing inside the freezer or in the rear have frosted. * The compressor fan in the rear is working. * Water is coming properly from the dispenser. * I do sometimes hear clicking sound from the back of the refrigerator. Someone suggested that this could be because of a bad relay switch. Someone else suggested that the whole compressor might have gone bad. Anyone way to know for sure what the problem is? Is there anything else that could be wrong? Thanks, Madhuvan.

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  • Anonymous Jun 16, 2008

    Same problem.

  • Madhuvan Jun 19, 2008

    It was the problem with its relay switch. I replaced the switch and the fridge is cooling again.

  • coleen746 Aug 04, 2008

    We're painting in the kitchen. Moved the refrigerator and it stopped cooling. The repair guy put in a relay switch. It worked fine for a week. Moved the refrigerator again. It stopped cooling. It now has an additional noise like it's really trying to kick in but doesn't.

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The usual cause of this kind of problem is a defrost failure. If the failure is not caused by a failed timer or coil, it is usually easy to fix-uself. Defrost cycle is usually by timer. But if the air flow was blocked by food items the frost build-up will be more than it can melt and eventually cause blocked airflow. THis can also happen when outside temperature changes dramatically.

To fix it, clear the freezer side, open the panel to see the evaporator coil. If you see the blocked frost, it is exactly the problem. Use a hair dryer to help melting it or leave it unoperational for hours until it is clear of ice. Now replace the panel back (this forms the airflow from down to up), restart the frig. Done. You will notice cold air in a few minutes. Actual power (freezing ice cycle) will build in 3-4 hours.

I am not a repair technician. I solved the problem by myself.

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Do you have any error codes on the unit, lights or digits, it may be stuck in defrost mode. Possibly a blown thermal fuse, try unplugging it for a few minutes and then plug it back in. If this is the problem, this will only be a temporary fix for a few hours till it hits defrost again. You will need to get this replaced

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