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Kenmore 106.8682880 Fridge No Ice & Fridge Not very cool

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     First notice that the freezer stopped making ice. Refrigerator is little cool but, not quite there. Seems to be some ice buildup 

 

in the back of the freezer. Moved everything out of the freezer to another one. Suggestions on where to start? I'll have some time

 

after work to start looking into it and looking for suggestions on where to start. Thank you!

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http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Defrost-Timer/482493/3348?modelNumber=106.8682880http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Defrost-Thermostat/4387499/586208?modelNumber=106.8682880    Take freezer panel off and look at frost pattern on freezer .if completely frosted over you have a defrost problem it could be one of three parts two of which i posted and the defrost heater comes up as no longer available .The most common defrost problems are the two parts in the post.Also make sure fan is working in freezer.http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Defrost-Thermostat/4387499/586208?modelNumber=106.8682880

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Blower isn't working. Frost pattern is just the upper left covering something with wires coming out of it. The coils don't seem to have any frost on them.

 

I didn't buy any of the defrost control parts since the blower wasn't working, we knew that was bad.They're closed now anyway. I'll defrost it, run hot 

 

water down the drain tube, and install the blower. We'll go from there. I'll take a picture before it defrosts though for future reference. Thank you!

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Potential problem! When pulling the housing holding blower motor, I removed 4 1/4" screws. After they were out I lifted the housing and a small 1/4" long metal

 

"tube" or hollow bushing fell onto the freezer floor. It has a brass looking color and I have no idea where it came from! HELP! i'm sure it's needed. I just don't know

 

where to put it. Don't have a manual so, I can't look at parts locations.  :(

 

       Found the brass looking grommet location! It fits like a bushing in one of the screw mounts for the main back panel. Fan working now, we'll see if it

 

cools properly!  

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... Frost pattern is just the upper left covering something with wires coming out of it.

sounds like a sealed system leak ..

may be time to go shopping

 

Evaporator pictures ?

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When we opened it up to start working, Ice was almost completely frozen and a couple of trays were frozen. How do I post the pictures?

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     I  have the pictures on my phone and it's connected to my laptop. Just not sure how to upload the pictures to the web site. 

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Excuse my ignorance, how do I find a photo hosting site? I've never used one before? I've noticed many photos on this site. How do I go about getting them

 

on this site without using a photo hosting site? Is there a membership level that would allow me to do that?

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when entering a message here,

instead of selecting Post,

select More Reply Options,

then at the bottom of the message box

there it says Attach Files

Browse (your computer)

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Made an account and here are the three links.     http://s908.photobucket.com/user/sparkydm/media/IMG_20131009_192844_239_zps26742e27.jpg.html?filters[user]=137787693&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0     

 

http://s908.photobucket.com/user/sparkydm/media/IMG_20131009_192856_525_zps2e8482d0.jpg.html?filters[user]=137787693&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1

 

 

http://s908.photobucket.com/user/sparkydm/media/IMG_20131009_192912_430_zps059ed8ba.jpg.html?filters[user]=137787693&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=2

 

 

   First time I've tried this, hopefully they work? Used the "Copy Link" item in Photobucket. 

 

     Tried the links myself, they get an error and don't work. Will try something else?

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use a hair dryer (carefully) and completely Defrost the ice.

Then after about 2 hours of the Compressor running,

take another picture

 

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Rats, I put everything back together after starting it up! I'll pull the racks/panels out after work and take a quick pic. 

 

Didn't think to do that. Thanks!

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OK. I opened the freezer back up today after work and took pictures after it has been running for 1 day.

 

This is the same spot that was a block of ice yesterday. The refrigerator and freezer are working GREAT so far!

 

http://s908.photobucket.com/user/sparkydm/media/IMG_20131010_192554_155_zps6c774acf.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

 

http://s908.photobucket.com/user/sparkydm/media/IMG_20131010_192608_263_zpsd3c97ded.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

 

    I don't know if the little bit of ice is normal or?????

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The entire Evaporator should be covered with a thin layer of frost, evenly.

I see a trip to HomeDepot in your future

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Well, I bought this refrigerator in August 1988. I guess I can't complain too badly! It's the last of our original appliances. I talk to friends buying new units

 

and repairing them after 4 years it gives me the creeps! How do you find a quality unit that will last? This one is a Kenmore but, do they still build them

 

this well?

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Kenmore doesn't "make" anything

Your Kenmore 106. was made by Whirlpool

http://www.appliance411.com/purchase/sears.shtml

You could check Sears Appliance Outlet Store for some scratch & dent appliances,

sometimes 50% off

 

 

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this is not a sealed system leak . this evap has a think chunk of hard ice  across the top of the evap

this is a good thing , it also looks like it just did a defrost and the ice was so thick that the time ran out before it could get through the think chunk

 

did or do you have a bad door gasket ?

 

or a bad evap fan motor can do the same thing , over a long long time , it would take a week or more of the fan motor not working to do this

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I think there were 2 things going on. I know that the fan motor was bad. after looking at the door gasket, the lower left has a tear in it. 

 

Someone mentioned on a video about spills making the gasket stick and then tearing when the door is pulled open. I've replaced the

 

fan so, now I'll start looking for a door gasket. Thank you!

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I had both problems, A fan motor not working and bad door gaskets. Changed the fan, cooling great now. Picked up both door gaskets and getting ready to change those 

 

today also.  Thanks. 

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Fridge/Freezer working now. Installed new gasket a few days ago. 3 of the freezer door corners are about 3/4" from the freezer. The lower left is

 

about 1 1/16" from the freezer face.  The gasket screws are all snug. There's a little ice starting to form along the top forward section of the freezer.

 

As if moisture is getting in. I've attached photo links to show the difference in the corners.

 

3 corners, upper left & right, and the lower right of the door are are about this distance from the freezer door face.

 

http://s908.photobucket.com/user/sparkydm/media/IMG_20131023_221519_635_zpsb080d7a0.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0  

 

1 corner, the lower left, is about 1 1/16" away from the freezer face and isn't sealing properly. It was further away but, sealing when installed

 

last week. 

 

http://s908.photobucket.com/user/sparkydm/media/IMG_20131023_221545_230_zpsd6d89f3d.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1  

 

Any ideas on what would cause the door not to be square? The door gasket is new with no tears/rips. I bought it from Repairclinic.com . 

 

 

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loosen all the screws a little bit , not real loose but a little , this will keep the liner from cracking

 

hold the bottom of the door closed , and pull the top open a little bit until the door is correct

 

snug up each screw on each side of each corner , this is a total of 8 screws , recheck the door , if still good snug up all the rest of the screws

 

the reason i use the word "snug" is you don't crank down on these screws like you might think , as the liners age , they crack real easy , so be careful , with a light touch

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I'll let you know. Sounds like it should work! TKS!

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