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Kenmore Side by side Fridge is warm freezer is cold


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#1 jerrymor

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 12:45 PM

I have a Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator model number 10659592990. The refrigerator is not getting cold but the freezer is ok. I have read some of your posts about this problem on other refrigerators and I was looking for the defrost timer but I can not find it.

Can you help me fix the problem?Thanks


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Posted 25 June 2005 - 02:27 PM

Is there fuzzy ice on the back, inside wall of the freezer?  If so, that's a sign of a failed defrost system. 

Make sure you have air flow into the beer compartment.  If you don't feel cold air wafting into the cold air supply port in the beer compartment, then we have an air distribution problem.  A failed defrost system is just one of the conditions that can create this problem. 

 


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Posted 25 June 2005 - 02:41 PM

Thanks for the reply Exalted Grand Master of Appliantology.

There is no air flow to the beer department.

I took the panel of the back of the freezer and the evaporator has fuzzy ice but the back cover did not.

 


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Posted 25 June 2005 - 03:15 PM

This does not hve a defrost timer,  has a ADC defrost board.  Best to check the defrost heater and bi-metal to see if they are good, if so, then this control board, located up in the control area where the thermostat is located, is probably defective.
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Posted 25 June 2005 - 03:19 PM

how do I check if they are good or not?

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 03:23 PM

With the box unplugged and still cold, check the defrost heater at the bottom of the evap. coil with your ohm meter set on X100 to see if you get a reading and check the defrost termination thermostat the same way, with the ohm meter, this part is the gray round disk at the top of the evaperator, but it has to be cold for this test, if it warms up, it will show open.  so be sure to check this part while it is still covered with ice. 
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Posted 25 June 2005 - 03:57 PM

Let us pray to the pot-bellied, buck-toothed Buddha that we learn to adapt to adaptive defrost.  So mote it be!

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 06:25 AM

My Ohm meter hs a 200 setting not 100. Using the 200 setting I got the following readings.

The defrost termination thermostat had a reading of 0.0.

Heater was 22.5.

Does this tell us something?:)


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Posted 26 June 2005 - 07:18 AM

Yuppers - It is saying that the heater is good and IF the defrost thermostat (aka: terminator)was in the ice (cold) and you tested the defrost terminator while it was cold, that it is bad.
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Posted 26 June 2005 - 02:11 PM

Thanks. I ordered the part and I will see if it works and when it does I will be very grateful.:D

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 04:13 PM

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 07:32 AM

Hello,

I replaced the defrost terminator and now the refridgerator works part time. It seems to work after I get a lot of water on the floor. I am sure that this is from the evap. coil defrosting after building up a lot of frost.

What are should be my next steps?

 

 


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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:56 AM

Clear out the defrost drain system, could be blocked under the evaperator or further on in the tubing that takes the water to the drain pan under the frig.
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 10:17 AM

I will check the drain. The amin problem is that the refrigerator does not stay cold all of the time. Is this caused by the drain?

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 10:25 AM

Humm, what is not staying cold, the food comp. or the freezer.  If the freezer is short cycling check to see why your compressor is overheating and cutting out, clogged condenser coil or the cond fan motor is not running?
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 10:31 AM

The freezer is ok. You can even hear the compressor come on but the food side does not stay consistently cold. I  tried different temperature settings on the fridge but it it is still cold intermittently. 

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 10:46 AM

The cold air is blown into the food compartment from the freezer by the fan at the evaperator coil.  Either the fan is not staying on when the compressor is running or something is blocking the air flow, do not know where all of this water is coming from tho???
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Posted 13 August 2005 - 04:56 AM

THank you for your help and your patience. Not know anything about appliances makes it very difficult to ask the correct questions.

ON June 25th you replied that the contol board is probably bad if the other components are ok. I believe that the components are now ok(I replaced the defrost thermostat and it works now). I tried to take the cover off of the control panel but it seams to have some sort of fastener holding it in that I cannot see.

Can you help me with this and let me know what part I should replace.

Thanks

 

 


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Posted 15 August 2005 - 09:11 AM

Sorry, was in California...just got back, perhaps something is still blocking the air to the food compartment like the thermostats that control the air to the food side but you would not be getting all of this water on the floor.....see if the fan in the freezer is running when it is warming up??  See if the evaperator is freezing over?  YOu might still have a defrost problem, some sort of air flow blockage.  Here is an exploded view of your control panel.

 

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 03:24 PM

I hope you had a nice trip to California.

The fan above the evaporator seams to be running all of the time. The evaporator does have some frost on it but there is no real build up.

I am guessing(without much knowledge of refridgerators) it could be the food side thermostat. when I move the setting you can feel air flow from the top vent but it stops after just a few minutes.

As far as the water goes at least once a day a get a large puddle of water. Maybe from the ice maker water line? or maybe it is related to the beer side not cooling?

Are there doors that open to allow the air to flow?

The picture that you gave me a link to says that the URL is not found. Maybe my computer is too strict to see the link?

I hope this information helps. I am trying to avoid the repair man call. Thanks

 





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