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Constantly running My Roper is constantly running. The fan or compressor is always running, I have a feeling it is the fan more than the compressor. Sometimes it will turn off but then start again within a couple seconds. Otherwise it cools and freezes appropriately but I know this must be jacking up my electricity bill. If I turn down the thermostat while the fridge is running, it will turn kick off but then it will start up again within a fairly short time.

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  • C.J. Conant Dec 14, 2006

    If the compressor has been running for awhile and tap on the plastic that surrounds the temperature control knob, many times that tapping will cause a click and then the compressor will shut off for a couple minutes. This leads me to think that something in the cold control/thermostat assembley is sticking and that the problem can be fixed by simply replacing the thermostat assembley for $40. Does that sound right?

  • Anonymous Jul 05, 2008

    Have a 5 year old Kitchenaid KSRG25FKWH04 that cycled a lot - heard clicking that sounded like water drip. Then one night - it stopped cooling. Fan ran but compressor cycled off after 10 seconds. Pulled off the start device 2220475 and small particles of metal came out. Compressor ohmed out ok. Going to replace the start device and the run cap about $80 total. Saw another person had the same problem with frig less than 5 years old. Shame that Kitchenaid (Whirlpool) didn't have a better start device - probably won't buy another product from them.



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I also have a five year old Kitchenaid ksrg25fkwh04. I also had the water dripping sound for awhile and a few days ago the refridgerator stopped cooling. I had a Kitchenaid repair guy come out, and he went right to the compressor relay, a small square box near the compressor. He shook it and heard a rattling sound which meant the relay burnt out. We have a pet in the house and rarely cleaned the coils. The Tech says that this would cause the relay to overheat and burn out, saving the compressor itself.

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If the thermistor sensor for the temperature control is going out that could cause the compressor the think it needs to keep running to cool the unit. The fan near the compressor should run only when the compressor runs. If the fan is running and the compressor isn't then you likely have a compressor start device problem or the overload is tripping from high heat, etc. That would make the compressor run (or try to) every minute or two if not just run continuously. Make sure all the coils under the unit are clean of fuzzy's and hair, etc. by doing a good vac. clean on them also. The compressor can be slightly warm to the touch but shouldn't be so hot that it is hard to keep you r hands on it for long. If it's around 130 degrees F, then it may be the start device problem and is in an overheat condition.

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That is then the first thing you will need to insure is running. The fan can be removed and checked. Now if the compressor is not running I would believe you have another problem. You can hear or feel the compressor running and the fan is usually connected to the compressor wiring so they both should be running at the same time. I have seen the fans run for a short period of  time after the refrigerator was turned off and then back on after cooling, so if stopped and starting of the condenser fan can at times trick you to believe the fan is OK   
 Hope I have been helpful, Sea Breeze

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Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out thelast two tips.

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