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Kenmore 253.60721000 refrigerator runs but won't cool


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#1 sbdivemaster

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 01:37 PM

My beer box (literally - it's where I ferment my homebrew) is on the fritz.  Just a precursor:

 

Fridge has been running fine for several years (bought used); recenly had to do some construction work in the garage, so the fridge got unplugged from surge protector, and then plugged into regular wall outlet, and the unplugged and plugged back in several times during the project.  Project was over last week, but I noticed yesterday the temperature reading on my thermostat is too high (Digital Ranco 111000-00 External Temperature Control used to maintain proper fermentation temperatures) Posting this part for informational purposes, in case that might have something to do with it.

 

OK, I've been going through the Warm Refrigerator Flow Chart and the How to troubleshoot... by reading evaporator frost pattern; so far there is no frost at all; the fan (condenser fan?) above the evaporator (red blades) is running:

 

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I do not see any condenser - I think it is enclosed within the cabinet, so I am figuring that it doesn't need to be cleaned (how could nasty dog/cat hair get all over it?)

 

I turned the fridge around to get access to the compressor.  The compressor is very warm to the touch.

 

Is this beer box done?  Or could it be something else beside a sealed system failure?

 

....cry-blow.gif<--------- me, upon finding out this box is done.

 

fuck-smiley-emoticon.gif<-------- me, upon finding out how much it costs to replace.



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#2 bigbuck

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:30 PM

If compressor is running and you have no frost pattern on evaporator in freezer you have a seal system problem.Not worth fixing.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:14 PM

If compressor is running and you have no frost pattern on evaporator in freezer you have a seal system problem.Not worth fixing.

 

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:52 PM

Calm down,have drink ,take a pill or smoke something .Life is short. :pint1:



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 05:09 PM

Calm down,have drink ,take a pill or smoke something .Life is short. :pint1:

LOL  It's cool.  I don't hate you.  Just frustrated by the answer I didn't want to hear, after this thing went down during a bad heatwave; I had to move all my brew into the house.  Unless I can find a good price on a used replacement, I'm looking at $600 to replace it.

 

I quit smoking - I vape now. I highly recommend it!

 

Well, I guess I will follow your suggestion and open one of my flavorite beverages... :pint1:



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:44 PM

Kenmore 253.xxxxxxxx made by Frigidaire


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 07:18 PM

Are we assuming that because the compressor is warm that it's running?



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 08:37 PM

Are we assuming that because the compressor is warm that it's running?

Please elaborate...



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 08:52 PM

I just went and plugged it in to check the compressor (it's been unplugged for a while); I hear a click and then a humming sound (the sound I normally hear when the firdge kicks on)... 


Forgot to mention that the compressor was cold before I plugged the fridge in.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:02 PM

Is this the famous hum-click cha-cha of a bad start relay?  Compressor could be trying but failing to start, hence Brother Vee8's insightful question.  

 

Need a current draw measurement on the compressor.  



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:18 PM

So do you think compressor is running?i would think you would know the sound like you said when it is running.Humming and vibrating.A bad relay or compressor would  make a hum and click sound and compressor would not start.And in 2 to 5 minutes hum and click again with no starting of compressor and so on.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:05 PM

Is this the famous hum-click cha-cha of a bad start relay?  Compressor could be trying but failing to start, hence Brother Vee8's insightful question.  

 

Need a current draw measurement on the compressor.  

 

Arigato, Fermented Grand Master.  AC or DC?



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:30 PM

Fermented Grand Master i thing went night night.AC meter.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:42 PM

Fermented Grand Master i thing went night night.AC meter.

Arigato.  Will have to leave off for the next two days, but I will report back on Friday.



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 11:20 AM

Is this the famous hum-click cha-cha of a bad start relay?  Compressor could be trying but failing to start, hence Brother Vee8's insightful question.  

 

Need a current draw measurement on the compressor.  

 

I am back.  Here's what the meter says (set to 20 A):

 

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:09 PM

Less than 1 amp.Compressor running and drawing less than one amp and not cooling COMPRESSOR BAD.



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:19 PM

Grrrrrr....

 

Is it possible to replace compressor?  Is it worth it to replace if it is possible?

 

Associated question:

 

I am looking at possiible new replacements at Sears.  The freezerless refrigerators cost $500-$600.  The upright freezers cost $350-$450.  Since I use this external thermostat to control the temperature (in the 60-75 degree range), would it make any difference if I use a freezer or refrigerator, in terms of wear&tear/damage to the unit?



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 03:38 PM

BAD COMPRESSOR OR FREON LEAK.NOT WOTH FIXING.



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:45 PM

Why are you shouting?



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:47 PM

Why are you shouting?

sometimes that's the "default" text on those "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW" ? phones


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