I have a 5-6 year old Kenmore top mount Fridge not working. I first noticed the freezer was not freezing things and now it is totally not working. I have removed the back of the unit and cleaned the coils and everything else. I removed that black plug being held on by a metal clip and shook it and it does not rattle. The fan nor the compressor will not run...Any ideas
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Re: Kenmore Fridge not working
Worth checking if it's a starter problem before you do anything else.
Leave the thing switched off for a couple of hours, then try and create a little hush around you while you switch the freezer back on.
If you're really lucky, this may get you going again (some freezers can get into a complete mess if the power goes off for just a second or so at the wrong moment).
If the compressor doesn't start, leave it switched on and listen carefully for a minute or two. A distinct "pdoink" sound some time after power is applied points towards the starter (which is usually under a plastic cover mounted on the compressor body). Replacing this isn't difficult and is usually cheap enough to be worth a gamble (but read the last paragraph, as there's a substantial risk it won't work).
If there are no suspicious sounds (and maybe before you go spending money on a starter even if there are suspicious sounds), use a multimeter to test (carefully) whether electricity is getting to the starter. If it isn't, then find out whereabouts the power supply is getting interrupted.
If power is getting as far as the starter, and the compressor is still not running even with a new starter, then you're starting to get into "beyond economic repair" territory.
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unplug the fridge and leave the doors open for 48 hours, then see if your problem is gone 24 hours later after you plug it back in, if it is, your fridge needs to have a repair to the defrost side of things, most likely the defrost termination therm or the defrost timer, also make sure the drain under the evaporator is not plugged up
Either the freezer continues to freeze up (most likely due to low refrigerant, due to a leak), or there is an obstruction between the freezer and the refrigerator (refrigerators get their cooling from the freezer).
Given that it works after you defrost it, I'm going with low gas. Call a professional to see if the leak can be fixed. If the unit is more than 10 years old, just get a new one.
if your freezer is still freezing fine, except for perhaps a slight softening of ice cream. this is a good sign. the second fan you are looking for is located behind the back wall of the freezer, emptying the freezer will gain you access to the screws to remove he panel. you should be able to hear the fan blowing when the freezer door is opened.if indeed the fan is blowing you may have frost building up on the rear panel, this would indicate a defrost problem( unit not self defrosting) and so much frost has built up that the air flow has been restricted to the refrig compartment
we bought a f&p fridge freezer and in summer noticed it wasn't cooling and the freezer wasn't freezing, when the service guy came out he noticed our ducted air con was blowing onto the fridge, once we had redirected the air con outlet the fridge started working as normal, apparently f&p's work on air being convected around the cabinet of the fridge and air blowing on the fridge can effect the temperature of the convected air. hope this helps you or someone