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Kenmore fridge/freezer not cooling enough


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#1 SilverGirl

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 09:16 AM

Wise ones, I seek your advice...
Over the last few weeks our 16-year-old Kenmore freezer-top fridge (model 106.8788411 or -491) has gotten progressively warmer and warmer in both sections. (Last night freezer was 28 and fridge 42.) Both temp controls are at max cool. Coils are clean; air circulation around the unit is good. Fans are running and vents are not obstructed; compressor turns on and off. No ice buildup seen on the vanes visible through the freezer vents, nor on the freezer walls. There is a bunch of dried blue-green residue on the floor behind the fridge (looks like something has been dripping and drying for quite a while), but sweetie says that's just from condensation dripping off the copper pipe connecting to the compressor in the back. Any guesses what the cause of the cooling problem might be?

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 10:52 AM

Remove the back wall in the freezer after removing everything and tell us what the frost pattern on the evaperator coil looks like please.
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 01:29 PM

Yes   we need to know what the frost pattern is on that coil in the freezer   the unit has a static condensor so there is really no concern to go behind the unit at this point in what you described .... It actually sounds right off the bat with that model that you have a sealed system issue ....  make sure that you have an EVEN frost pattern across the evap coils in the freezer  if you do not or you see clear ICE forming on just part of a coil   or the frost pattern doesnt flow almost all the way thru the entire evap than the odds are its a sealed system issue , and on an appliance that age its would be better to go shopping. Good Luck

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 04:41 PM

The coils at the back of the freezer have white frost on the top row, but no frost below (picture attached). Based on ApplianceTerminator's comments, I guess we should start shopping, eh? :(

Edited to add: And the compressor seems to be running full-time now. That's another bad sign, right?

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 05:17 PM

Not good. Some kind of sealed system issue, repair is likely to come close to (or exceed) the cost of replacement. Given the age of the box, I wouldn't advise putting that kind of money into it. Also bear in mind that a new unit will consume less electricity.

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 07:07 PM

Thanks everyone!! Your advice and assistance is MOST appreciated. While I'm not necessarily thrilled about having to lay out $$$ for a new fridge, I am confident now that that is the right solution. And you have saved me $$ and time because I did not have to pay (and wait for) a repair tech to come diagnose the problem.

Ain't the internet great! Thanks, Samurai, for gathering such helpful and knowledgeable folks together.

OK, off to shop...
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