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educatedguess417

Member Since 16 Jul 2013
Offline Last Active Jul 26 2013 11:44 PM

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In Topic: Kenmore Fridge Not Staying Cold

20 July 2013 - 09:04 AM

JJ Surfer, thanks for the clarification.

 

Folks: I found what appears to be a good fridge tech.  He'll be coming out this Monday morning to look at the unit.  At this point, I wanted to have someone more knowledgeable come in and help me figure this out.  I'm pretty sure that ice is probably blocking the airflow, but I want to find out what causes this so it can be fixed.  Yes, I can unplug and defrost the ice over several days, but if the underlying condition is not fixed, it will happen again.  I will report back next week once the tech has come and gone.

 

Thanks to everyone in this Forum!


In Topic: Kenmore Fridge Not Staying Cold

17 July 2013 - 09:14 PM

Poin: As an experiment, I've set the freezer level dampener at 2 out of 5, and am gonna watch it for 24 hours to see if this changes the temp in the fridge.  If not, I suspect what others have been telling me: that there is ice blocking the passage, and then I will look into getting in there and clearing it out.  I know this can be fixed, since the freezer is so cold.  It's an airflow problem.  We just have to figure out what's blocking the flow into the lower fridge area.  I'm suspecting ice now.  Thanks!


In Topic: Kenmore Fridge Not Staying Cold

17 July 2013 - 12:58 PM

Okay, folks, here’s the latest on this one:

 

This morning the freezer was at -12 F and the fridge was close to 50 F, while the house is about 75.

 

I have determined that the all the major components are working, or the freezer wouldn’t be that cold.

 

I removed the panel that holds the two temperature controls, one each for the freezer and the fridge.  On the right is the dampener arm connected to the freezer control.  The arm is not broken, as far as I can tell, and moves back and forth freely with the turning of the dial.  On the left is the temp control dial for the fridge.  This does not have a dampener arm attached to it, but instead is connected to a bunch of wires and relays.  It also turns freely, and I can hear a “click” when it turns the temp off and on.

 

I did have one question that puzzles me: Excuse my ignorance, but shouldn’t the dampener arm being going to the fridge dial, not the freezer dial?  Did someone put this together wrong?  From a layman’s point of view, wouldn’t you want a lever to regular a dampener that controls how much air flows into the fridge from the freezer?   I’m sure I’m wrong about this, but it puzzles me.

 

Further stuff.  I dragged the fridge out and removed the cardboard panel at the bottom.  The fan down there is blowing just fine (I assume this works like a radiator fan, cooling the components and aiding in cooling the fridge).  There is very little dirt or dust down there.  The rest of the fridge back is taken up by a solid aluminum panel that is riveted in place.  I see no way to remove this.  Therefore, if there is any checking of blockages or ice buildup, it would probably have to be done from the front, through the fridge door, not the back of the unit.

 

There is very little evidence of frost or ice buildup either in the freezer or fridge compartment.

 

At this point, I’m stumped.  Something is blocking the flow of air from freezer to fridge, but I don’t know what.  Any more ideas?

 

If not, I think at this point I need a professional tech for this job.  Any idea how to find a good one?  I’m going to cancel Sears, but don’t know how to find a good fridge tech.  I’ve had bad luck with Craigslist in the past on other repairs.

 

Appreciate any comments.  Thank you so much.


In Topic: Kenmore Fridge Not Staying Cold

17 July 2013 - 11:49 AM

Thanks, everyone.  How do I find a good independent service tech?  Most of the Yelp reviews for this area are very poor for all of them.  I've had bad luck with Craigslist people in the past.

 

Does anyone reading this thread know of a good tech in the SFV area of Los Angeles?


In Topic: Kenmore Fridge Not Staying Cold

17 July 2013 - 08:50 AM

Sensei: Cool.  So if I find some broken parts in there, what would be the best place to buy replacement parts?  Just go to Sears, or is there another good place that might be faster or cheaper.  Thanks so much.  I'm gonna take this apart today and see what I see.

 

Thanks Again.



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