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 Posted: Tue Aug 12th, 2008 09:57 pm
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I was gone all day today and when I came home I found water on the floor in front of my Kenmore side by sides freezer. I tapped the ice lever, and about a cup of water poured out on the floor. Oh no I thought as I opened the freezer door. Yup, everything in side is soft. :(

I put a digital thermometer in the freezer portion, and cranked it all the way to cold. It is running as I can feel the air and hear it running, but the temperature is around 41 degrees F, and not going down very quickly.

So, where do I start??

thanks,
clay

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First thing you need to do is to check to be sure the compressor is running. 

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Pull out refrig and check compressor like previous post said. Also listen for clicking or quick humm from start relay on compressor. With fans running sounds like you may have just bad starter hopefully!

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ok, today I got behind the fridge and checked the compressor. It was HOT to the touch. The fan was not turning at this time. I unplugged the fridge because of the hot compressor.

The coils were pretty darn dirty (shame on me for not keeping them clean). So I went from the front and got those coils cleaned off, then got what I could from the back. It could still use a good blowing out with some compressed air, but I got 75% of the coils opened up.

Next I plugged the fridge back in, and the fan turned on (its been running for 1/2 hour at this point), and the compressor seems to be running. I can hear it hum. The weird thing is every few minutes I can hear something click, then after about 1 minute I hear another click. Sounds like a relay pulling in, then after about a minute the relay drops back out. The lines coming out of the compressor dont seem to be getting hot or cold like I would expect. The fan keeps running.

Suggestions?

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Sounds like a bad start/run relay to the compressor part #.8201786  I'd be a bit concerned about the condenser motor not running when you first opened her up.  I'd watch that carefully.  You can tell without pulling out the fridge usually by just feeling the center bar inbetween the two doors.  If its really hot to the touch, you've either got lots of lint/hair/dust/mice/empty beer cans/ex-wives etc plugging your condenser or the condenser motor has stopped again.

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this morning before I headed out the door for work, I plugged the fridge back in and sat/listened. The relay clicked on again, and then the compressor made a humming noise. I almost sounded like the compressor was trying to turn on, but couldn't/wouldn't. Then after it hummed for a minute, the relay kicked off.

Im hoping it might be the start relay, but now Im concerned it may be the compressor itself.

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well, looks like you are correct!!! Big thanks for that!!

Pulled the relay off and it sounds like there are rocks in side ;)

the compressor checked out ok for continuity between the start/grd and run/grd lugs. relay, no so much! ;)

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