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#1 Scuba2

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 06:45 AM

Good Morning everyone,
I need some diagnostic help. I have a Kenmore side by side refrigerator model 106.57572790 that is not cooling. I noticed the water from the dispenser was warmer then is should be and the beer section was about 48 degrees. The freezer was about 20 degrees. This problem has occurred once in the past when it was in warranty and the service man added some Freon to the system and it has worked well for about 4 years.
I removed the panel in the freezer section and looked at the evaporator. It had frost on it from the capillary tube down to the first bend at the bottom, aside from that the rest was not very cold. The condenser and evaporator fans are working and the compressor runs. The bimetal defrost terminator is closed when it has ice on it and open when it warms up. The defrost heater measures about 26.5 ohms. I have a set of gauges and connected the low side to the fitting on the process tube. With the compressor running the pressure went down to about -3 psig. On occasion the pressure would not drop at all and stay at approximately 50 psig. Is the compressor toast or is the evaporator ? On the request of my wife I have a serviceman coming out on Friday but I would really like to fix it myself or at least know it is not worth the cost to get it fixed.
Thanks for your help in advance.
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Posted 15 August 2005 - 08:13 AM

You will have to have someone certified by the EPA to work on this sealed system, you will not be able to do this yourself.  You are low on freon again and I do not believe the labor will be under warranty.  This is a Whirlpool frig with the Kenmore name slapped on it.  The problem here is they did not repair the leak when it was under warranty.  You might talk to Sears and see if they will cover this since they did not repair it correctly when it was in warranty.  If they just recharge the box it will leak back out.  The parts of the sealed system are covered for 5 years but not the labor.  If you have to pay for this need to insist they find the leak and repair this since you will be going thru this again every 3-4 years, looks like.
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#3 Scuba2

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 02:58 AM

I am certified to repair auto AC but have never worked on refrigerators. I recovered and evacuated the system and recharged it with six ounces of R134a. Six ounces seems like a small amount to me but that is what I read on the model plate in the refrigerator. After the recharge there was no difference. I am taking a guess but I believe the capillary tube might be restricted. I would like to repair the refrigerator but is it worth it ? I did not find a leak so far.

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 07:02 AM

Does 6 ounces of Freon sound correct?
Is it worth fixing?
Any guess as to how difficult it would be to fix?


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Posted 17 August 2005 - 07:20 AM

Sic ounces sounds typical for these refrigerators. Just keep in mind that the charge is critical to 1/4 oz.-- so use a scale to meter in the charge.




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