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Thread: Kenmore Elite Coldspot Refrigerator not cooling and freezer cold but not freezing. Any ideas?

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    Default Kenmore Elite Coldspot Refrigerator not cooling and freezer cold but not freezing. Any ideas?

    Model Number: 106.53206202
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 6-10 years

    The refrigerator has stopped cooling and the freezer is cold but not freezing. I have no idea where to begin to look. I turned off the power off and restarted it and it sounds like a motor is coming on. Any help would be appreciated
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    Any number of issues can cause a refrigerator to stop cooling properly. Let’s start with basic checks first. Check to see if both fans are working. The evaporator fan is in the freezer section and the condenser fan is by the compressor. If the compressor is running the condenser fan motor will also be running. Make sure the condenser coils are clean and air flow across them is not restricted. See if the compressor is running by placing your hand on top of the compressor and feel for vibration. Compressors normally run warm to very warm. A compressor running hot to very hot would indicate a problem. Look for frost on the evaporator cover (freezer section back wall) indicating a possible defrost issue.
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    Thanks for the quick reply. The condensor coils were clogged. I cleaned them and the condensor fan motor is running. The compressor is very warm and i do feel a small vibration. Can you tell me how to access the evaporator on the back wall of the freezer. It is iced over badly. I had a thermostat heater replaced about two years ago but was not home when it was done so I am not sure how you access it. Can you tell me what I need to remove?

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    You'll need to remove the evaporator cover and check the defrost heater and defrost thermostat for continuity with an ohmmeter Check the defrost thermostat while it's still frosty. It needs to be below50*F to read closed if both check good, replace the control board.
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    Once you determine which part is faulty, use a hair dryer to completely defrost the coils and put the cover back on. The unit will work OK until you can replace the part (several days).
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    I checked the heater for continuity and it checked out good. I checked the thermostat while it was cold and it checked out good. Can you tell me if this model has a defrost timer or is it all controlled through the control board? Also, what is the purpose of the thermistor and does it need to be checked?
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    Input from the freezer thermistor is used by the control to determine compressor run time. The freezer thermistor allows you to select a temperature setting of -5F (-21C) to +5F (-15C). When the freezer thermistor senses a temperature above the customer setting, the control immediately energizes the compressor. The evaporator fan motor is energized after a 40-second delay. This delay allows the evaporator to begin to cool before air is circulated. If the evaporator fan is already running to cool the refrigerator section, it will continue without delay. The compressor turns off when the proper freezer temperature is reached, but the evaporator fan continues to run for 2 minutes. To protect the compressor, the control will not allow the compressor to restart for a minimum of 6 minutes.
    FAILURE DEFAULTS
    To provide a measure of customer satisfaction in the event of a thermistor or keypad failure, the control will use one of the following default modes. The default mode continues until the failure is corrected.
    • REFRIGERATOR THERMISTOR: If the refrigerator thermistor fails, the control will cycle the baffle open for
    10 minutes, closed for 10 minutes. The evaporator fan will run when the baffle is open.
    • FREEZER THERMISTOR: If the freezer thermistor fails, the compressor and evaporator fan will cycle on and off together in 15-minute intervals.
    • KEYPAD FAILURE MODE: If the control detects that the keypad is not working, it will default to temperature regulation of 0F (-18C) for the freezer and 37F (3C) in the refrigerator.
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    The compressor is running fine and from what you said it doesn't look like that the thermistor is an issue. So all that is left is the temperature control board. I was hoping this wasn't the problem as it is the most expensive part and I want to make sure all other things are eliminated before I buy one. So with the heater having continuity and thermostat having continuity all that is left is to replace the temperature control board correct?

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    That's correct and a very common problem with those models.
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    Rick,
    You have helped me before with my refrigerator and I am having a new problem. The refrigerator and freezer are not cooling at all. The compressor is hot. I can only hold my hand on it for about one second. I do feel a vibration. Where do I start. Both fans are running. At this point, all ice is gone and the refrigerator is warm. I have unplugged the refrigerator and let it cool. I sure would appreciate any help. What a time for this to happen!
    Thanks again
    Merry Christmas

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