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Refrigerator/freezer is warm, fan is running.

The refrigerator is 2 1/2 years old out of warranty. The freezer kept thawing out the food, then refreezing. I have a loud buzzing noise happening every minute or so followed by a "click noise". The noise seems to be coming from the front bottom of the refrigerator. Yesterday, I came home and everything in the freezer had thawed out, ice turned to water and the refrigerator isn't cooling. Both frig & freezer are warm not cooling. It seems the fan in the freezer is running but nothing is happening. I had to throw out all the food. Sears can't get to my house to look at it until 10/12. Please help. I'm pretty handy for a women if you guide me through the check list. Thank you!

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  • bandygirl Sep 29, 2007

    Sorry, I left out..2005 Kenmore Trio/french door model # 596.75513400. The above question from bandygirl.

  • bandygirl Sep 29, 2007

    Thank you for your quick response. I'll head out to the store and buy the Supco RC0810 part but for of all please let me know where I need to install it.

  • bandygirl Sep 29, 2007

    You're wonderful. I'll be back in touch in a few hours. Thank you. :)

  • bandygirl Sep 29, 2007

    I went to Sears and purchased the part. The parts department loaned me a dorm size frig to get me by until my service call. The manager was able to move my service call to Tuesday. I'll have the temporary part here just in case they don't have one. This works out great. Thanks for all your help

  • bandygirl Oct 02, 2007

    I've had my frig turned off for two days now. I decided to turn it back on since Sears will be here tomorrow to repair it. It seems the freezer is ice cold but the refrigarator is slowing cooling down. What would have caused the system to start up again? It doesn't seem to be making any strange noises like it was before it went out. It's producing ice cubed again and the whole nine yards. I still think the refrigerator should be checked out. I can't afford to keep losing all my food.

  • bandygirl Oct 02, 2007

    I woke up this morning to the buzzing, clicking noise once again. Thanks again for all your help. I'll let you know what Sears says about the problem today.

  • bandygirl Oct 02, 2007

    My compressor was ordered. Thank you once again for all your help.

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2008

    The temperature of both freezer and fridge climb up and buzzing noise happening every minute or so and last about 7 seconds and followed by a "click noise".

    when the temp reach 58 I decided to unplug the power and call service tech.

    Hopefully the compressor needs warranty replacement.



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The problem is the compressor isnt starting. The relay is probably ok. It should have 5yr warranty on the compressor. However if you purchase a Supco RC0810 start assist relay available at all appliance parts stores, it will start the compressor, however this is only a temp fix. But it should last till sears can put a new compressor in.

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    joey shearer Sep 29, 2007

    as soon as you purchase the relay/start kit (rco810) ill step u through the installation

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    joey shearer Sep 29, 2007

    but start by pulling out the unit and remove the black lower metal cover, you dont have to remove the one with the water lines going into it.

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    joey shearer Oct 01, 2007

    Dont forget to rate my solution as solved if i answered your question accurately.....Thanks!!

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    joey shearer Oct 02, 2007

    Yes i have replaced probably close to 50 of the particular style compressor in your refrig for those exact symptoms occasionally it wont start when the unit cycles on (the buzzing you hear is the compressor trying to start but locked) the click is the protection switch shutting the compressor down for 2-5mins and then it will try again. When the compressor first starts to fail this buzzing wont be as loud and it usually starts after the 4 or 5th time.No food Lost. But as the compressor gets more worn out it gets louder the clicks become more frequent and it may not start for several hours and then eventually they dont start at all. Hope this helps

    Dont forget to rate my solution as solved if I accurately answered your question...Thanks!!

  • joey  shearer
    joey shearer Oct 02, 2007

    Yes and they frequently start after power is off for a day or so and freon pressures are asolutely equal and compressor has less resistance to start.



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If freezer is icing up, you might have a defrost problem. Frost free models have a heating element that is controlled by a timer to automatically defrost ice defrost timer turns on defrost heating element every 12 hours to melt ice in freezer and allow good air flow.
You can test defrost element with an ohm meter(located inside freezer coils-will have two wires going to a plug connection), if OK replace defrost timer (located in various places depending on make and model

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SOURCE: Ice-maker thawing-refreezing into block of ice

Your defrost system may be out on this unit.

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