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Kenmore upright freezer runs, not cold anymore.


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#1 rcav8r

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 08:56 PM

Backstory: Kenmore model 253.21721103 upright freezer, manufacture date of 12/02, bought new. Worked find for years.

 

This freezer is kept on a stair landing that is protected from elements, but not temps and humidity. Worked fine for years.

 

This past winter, we started smelling burned rubber in the vicinity of the freezer, and we could not find a source for it. I figured it was a belt in the freezer that no longer had tension or something. 

 

When things started warming up, we moved contents to fridge freezers, but didn't get around to investigating until now. 

 

It runs, but it won't cool. Everything underneath (plumbing, etc) are clean. Condenser and fan on inside of freezer under panel are clean also. Fan runs. Will turn on/off with temp control switch. Everything seems normal. I'm starting to suspect it may have lost the R134 from a leak somewhere, although I have no proof of that. 

 

Any ideas of what to check? I am a fairly handy person, and have used this website in the past to fix other appliances. 

 

Otherwise, I'll have to call a repairman. I haven't ever done that for an appliance before. 

 

Thanks,

John



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 09:30 PM

may need to post a picture (somewhere) of the frost pattern

of the Evaporator Coils in the Freezer after the Compressor has been running at least one hour.


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:00 AM

leave the freezer unpluged for a long time , a whole day would be nice

(i hope this freezer is in a quiet place for this to work )

have someone plug it in while someone else puts an ear close to the compressor

when it's first pluged in , does it make a little whrrrrrrrrrrr sound

or

does it click after about 10 seconds ?

 

if yous compressor is clicking every 30 seconds or so , you need a start relay or PTC relay

or

you might have a damaged compressor

 

PS: if there's a little fan under the freezer by the compressor , jam the blades with a dish towel  (or something like it , just don't bend the blade), to keep it from turning , this will not hurt the motor for the short time you are testing and will make it easy to hear the compressor 


Edited by Cactus Bob, 03 September 2013 - 12:06 AM.

SORRY ABOUT THE SPELLING , I FIX GREAT , I DON'T SPELL WELL

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:42 AM

 

 

if yous compressor is clicking every 30 seconds or so , you need a start relay or PTC relay

 

 

Compressor start relay:  http://www.repaircli...er=253.21721103

 

Relay-and-Overload-Kit-5304491584-008789



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:28 PM

To answer questions:

 

No frost pattern whatsoever. It's not getting cold anywhere.

 

Compressor: It comes on for about 5 seconds, then stops. I hung around a few minutes, but it never came on again. I would think it would run for a long time for a freezer that is not cold at all, correct?



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:42 PM

ETA: I went back out to listen to it, and used a timer. The compressor is running about every 2 and a half minutes or so, for about 5 seconds. I could not hear any clicks that would indicate it's trying to start more frequently. 

 

Does that still sound like the start relay is faulty?



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:53 PM

... Does that still sound like the start relay is faulty?

yes,

Fridge should be unplugged before the Compressor goes bad

(if it's not already bad, prior)


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 01:01 PM

Took the relay out. There was a melted spot on top of the case, I guess I found the source of burning rubber smell from last winter!

 

Bought the part from RepairClinic and it's up and running!  http://www.repaircli...er=253.21721103



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 02:05 PM

It works! Big empty freezer went from 72 degrees to 20-25 degrees in less than an hour. 

 

Thanks all!






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