Freezer is nice and frosty, while refrigerator is 80+ degrees. Found the "how to system check" the fridge sheet on the bottom of the fridge, evaporator fan won't start after stopping (System Check 112), but if I give it a "flick" the fan will limp on. The fan will also stop completely by a "light touch." Is this the notorious evaporator fan problem I've read so much about here? Should I go ahead and order a new Evaporator Fan kit for my Kenmore Elite Trio 596.75333500 (from repairclinic.com)? Or is there another problem since the fan technically still runs? Thanks for all the expert advice so far.
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You are right on the money. I would definitely buy the fan kit because the problem will get worse. I had to replace the evaporator fan on my parents fridge and it was only two years old. You can also download the breakdown diagrams and schematics from http://www3.sears.com
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3 things If you have ice on the freezer side. 1. defrost timer not working 2. blower fan failed, if it has one 3. defrost limit switch failed.. i dont think it is #2 but 1 or 3 last but not least your defrost heat coil has failed
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.
If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...
Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...
Check to see if there is any ice built up on the back wall of the freezer. If so thaw the ice and take the back wall out of the freezer. next check to see if the fan is running in the freezer (evaporator fan) This fan is what circulates the air from the freezer to the fridge. If it does run then you have a defrost problem (if ice is on the coils and back wall). Then replace defrost timer, heater, and thermostat.
You said, your Trio won't make ice. Freezer stays at about 25 degrees regardless
of control setting. Fridge maintains 40 degrees at mid setting.
Shouldn't the freezer be close to zero? Is there a way to check the
temperature sensor in the freezer?
To check the temperature you can buy a refrigerator thermometer at the hardware store. Ask if it can be used in the freezer too!
The fridge sounds slightly to cold and the freezer not enough. Fist look in your freezer and check if the articles there are full to the max and covering the air vents usually found in the rear of the freezer.If so clear an opening for the freezer to breath. Refrigerators and freezers usually share the cold air and I've seen this be the problem on many occasions. If freezer was not I blocking the vents or even full to the max.
Then pull the plug out or if you can not reach the plug, trip the breaker off for 5 minutes and see if this resets the system.BUT do not plug the fridge back in before at least 3 minutes.
Let me know how it goes and send me any questions. Thank You, Huuum Please remember to leave a rating .
between the door and freezer is very hot, and the refrigerator is not that cold and the freezing is freezing but not that well, ice cream is soft but meat freeze and ice is not melting. Also behind the fridge at the bottom is very hot.
sounds like the evaporator fan in the freezer is not moving the air. also there is an air damper door at the top center of the fridge that controls air flow from the freezer to the fridge. check those two components and you will find your problem.
You likely have a defrost cycle failure. The freezer's cooling coils need to be frosty and cold so the air that the fan pulls over them can cool the fridge section. If the defrost cycle fails, the coils freeze up to a block of ice and air flow suffers (fridge is about 55 degrees F). The freezer stays cold only because there's a block of ice in there now... sometimes that cold "sinks" to the bottom and only the food at the bottom stays frozen (and can even freeze food at the bottom of the fridge compartment while the rest is warm). To be sure, you'll need to take the rear interior panel off the freezer back wall and check the coils to see if they are frozen solid. If they are then there's a defrost cycle failure. If they are showing a nice white frosty pattern evenly all over the coils then that's normal and maybe the evap fan (right above the coils) is not blowing air up properly or is not working at all. That fan should run if the compressor is running, etc. the only time it doesn't run is during an actual defrost cycle. Once you find out what condition the coils are in it should be simple to direct you further on the problem.