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Hard start on Kenmore ref rig 106.53436300

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Can you install a hard start in place of the factory starter on this refrig?

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You can but I wouldn't recommend it unless the compressor is failing. Then it's just a bandaid fix until the compressor goes out.

Edited by BryanS

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Here's the story. The refrigerator stopped working. So the repairman came and put a hard start instead of the factory part(later after I thought about what he did I said to myself that he didn't have the original part with him so he put this hard start on just to get it running and collect some money). The reason I say that is because this refrigerator is not that old and has been maintained. Now the refrigerator is running sometimes and sometimes it's not. Maybe like the thermostat is not working properly. But the refrigerator was working perfectly before all this started. I'm thinking that it needs the factory compressor starter and maybe everything will be ok. Any thought on this?

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How old is the fridge? Is there a blue indian head on the compressor? Those Tecumsehs are known for bad start windings which would cause intermittent compressor running or not at all. Did the old relay rattle when you shake it? It may not have even been a compressor issue and maybe it is a bad tstat. What do you mean it is running sometimes and sometimes it's not? Are any fans running when you have a cooling issue and just the compressor isn't?

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The fridge is 9 years old. I don't know if the old relay rattled or not. What I mean by fudge running sometimes and not is: after he installed the hard start the fridge started running so everybody thought all is a-ok but, the next day I went in to the freezer to get some ice cream and it was soft and the ice in the bucket had started to melt but at that time the compressor was running, so I checked it on and off for the rest of the day and sometimes it was running and sometimes it was not when it should have been to maintain correct temp in fridge. What I'm saying is that it does sound like a tstat problem all along. Your last question: When the repairman asked me to turn the tstat to colder to see what was going on yes the fan started running but no compressor.

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It's really hard to say. If the fans are running and the compressor isn't then no it wouldn't be a thermostat. You very well could have one of the Tecumseh (indian head on it) compressors. If it is having trouble starting then you very well need a new a compressor. Once the windings go bad a hard start may keep it alive for only a few days or maybe even years. It's hard to say how long a hard start would make it last. Sometimes you can tell if a thermostat is goinf bad by renoving the knob and looking for a black powder under it. Also if nothing is running you can hit under the tstat with your palm and see if everything kicks on.

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Thanks

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Can you double check your model number? I can't get that number to come up.

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model # 106.53634300. I rechecked and this is correct. I was able to pull it up.

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I have changed many of this style cold control for the exact same symptoms you are experiencing. I would look at that as the cause rather than the compressor. While you're at it, I would get the proper compressor relay/overload on it as soon as possible. BTW this model has the very reliable Embraco compressor in it.. but they did have relay issues and put out a kit to correct those issues.

 

Cold control:

 

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Temperature-Control-Thermostat/2198202/2299

 

Compressor relay:

 

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Start-Device/8201786/1177466

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THANKS

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I have changed many of this style cold control for the exact same symptoms you are experiencing. I would look at that as the cause rather than the compressor. While you're at it, I would get the proper compressor relay/overload on it as soon as possible. BTW this model has the very reliable Embraco compressor in it.. but they did have relay issues and put out a kit to correct those issues.

Cold control:

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Temperature-Control-Thermostat/2198202/2299

Compressor relay:

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Start-Device/8201786/1177466

Just for my own curiosity how do you know what compressor is in this by the model number? Even if I look it up on the parts list it will only show the new compressor for them. I know those Tecumseh were in during certain years. I feel like I have seen those in as late as 2006, which at 9 years old would put this fridge around 2005.

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By the crossover relay number... the 8201786 is designed for the Embraco compressors. 

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Hmm. Interesting. Thanks.

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Show did your service guy not have an 8201786. Everybody has those. I would pull that hard start off ASAP and get an oem one on.

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I have a Kenmore model # 106.53634300 refrigerator and I replaced the thermostat because the refrigerator would come on and get up to temperature and cut off but, would not come back on when it needed to. The ice in the door would start to melt and then it would finally come on. I addressed this problem on this forum last week and everybody thought it needed a thermostat. Any suggestions?

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Did you try to bump the tstat to see if that made it come on or off before you replaced? Someone else mentioned a possible intermittent defrost timer to I believe. If the fans are running but you aren't getting cooling it could be a failing compressor relay. I've seen the solid black style that has the capacitor clipped on to it not always kick on when they are failing and they don't get the bad relay rattle.

Just an FYI, I do not think they want you starting new topics to address the same appliance. More than likely this will get merged into the old thread from last week.

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yeah, I am looking for the older topic to not only get background info but to possibly merge the topics. However, I cannot seem to find the thread you are talking about.

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Yea all I see is ice maker auger questions and a hard start question. I had this confused with another 106 Whirlpool thermostat issue someone else posted.

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yeah but he said he got advice to replace the thermostat....interested to find out why that was given.

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Yea..

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Yea all I see is ice maker auger questions and a hard start question. I had this confused with another 106 Whirlpool thermostat issue someone else posted.

sorry I wasn't precise Bryan but

 

the "you"  in my statement " not finding the thread you are talking about"  meant you as in davidtreadway60

Edited by DurhamAppliance

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Lol yea. I just searched his content and that's all I saw.

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found it....merged.....it was from a topic regarding Hard Start 

 

ps used the advanced search box by clicking  on the little sprocket beside the search box and searched for "thermostat"  with Davidtreadway60 set as Author

Edited by DurhamAppliance

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