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Kenmore side by side click and whir noise but not getting cold

My refrigerator started to make this click whir sound - does it about 6 to 8 times and then stops. Refrigerator gets warm. If I unplug it for several hours, it gets cold again and stays that way for several days and then does the click whir sound again.

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There is a coil called the condenser located on the bottom of the refrigerator, that may be plugged with dirt and or animal hair. Check and clean this coil and see if this solves your problem.

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SOURCE: Side by Side Kenmore Elite

Cooling is poor For an overall understanding of how refrigerators should work, read about refrigerators in the How Things Work section of our website. A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:

Evaporator coils
Condenser
Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.

Evaporator coils Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system:

  • The defrost timer

  • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)

  • The defrost heater

If it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem

Condenser Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.

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SOURCE: Kenmore refrigerator - both sides not working!

Your problem is most of the time dealing wih the defrost thermostat. To diagnose, look for the timer motor. Take a flathead screwdriver and turn it until it clicks. Then find the drain going to the drip pan underneath the refrigerator. If there is no water coming out after 20 minutes, the problem usually lies in the defrost thermostat (about 20 dollars) to replace yourself. Remove the inside panels leading to the evaperator and melt all the ice, cut out the the old defrost thermostat and splice in the new. To test it, put it in a glass of ice water. if after about 5 minutes there is continuity through the wires with an ohm meter, it is good. The problem is in the timer (maybe 50 dollars). As a general rule, the defrost thermostat will go bad first. One more thing that can cause your problem is a clogged drain from the evaperator section of the freezer to the drip pan. This cn cause ice to build up where you can't see it and air won't circulate well. My drain was clogged up with a piece of ice.I melted it with a hair dryer and now it works fine. 

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SOURCE: Kenmore refrigerator stopped cooling 6 days ago

There are several things that could be causing this. Your compressor could be going bad. Your freon is low. Think of your refrigerator as a air conditioner. Pull it out and vacuum all the dust from your filters, make sure the water is draining properly and not clogged up. Is your unit still under warranty. How old is your unit. Try this. Unplug the unit for about 5-10 minutes, this will give it enough time for the compressor to cool down. Plug it back in and listen for the compressor to kick on. That's the big black round thing at the bottom in the back of your refrigerator. Listen to it and what the sound is, does it click when it turns on, does it shudder when it turns on. Let me know the sound. By unplugging the unit and doing this the compressor should kick on in 1-3 minutes after plugging it back in. If your unit is over 8 years old you might consider another one. Check out craigslist, as you can get some great deals. Let me know if I can help you further.
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SOURCE: Kenmore refrigerator Freezer is cold but fresh food side is warm

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The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a Kenmore 25351699100 side-by-side

Several possibilities.

One is that the relay is not making reliable contact. In which case it should just be replaced.

Another is the defrost heater is turned on by opening the door.
If the door switch was bad, and essentially stayed in the open position until the next time you used it, the defrost would heat up and melt the ice eventually.
While it would be hard to tell what the door actually did, because you can't see if the light goes out or not when the door closes, you could push the door button yourself, and see if the light always goes out as it should?

Posted on Aug 17, 2010

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