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106.51572201 Kenmore Side by Side keeps defrosting and refreezing

Joe Heiliger

Premium Member
Jan 6, 2014
Katy, Tx
Model Number
Sears Kenmore
1-5 years
I have a Kenmore side by side refrigerator. A few times now, it will defrost the freezer and then refreeze. I'll go out there and pull out a frozen pizza, and it's thawed.

We have a large family, and this is our second refrigerator. It is in our garage and we do not run the ice maker at all.

Dan O.

Appliance Tech
Staff member
Oct 9, 2004
Ontario, Canada
I wasn't sure. Many fridges won't function properly in below freezing temps.

If that's not the cause then investigation when the problem is occurring will be required. The first thing would be to check if the fans and compressor are stopped together or possibly just the compressor stopped. (The compressor is responsible for all cooling.)

The exact symptoms of what is or is not functioning at that time will be required to narrow the possibilities. If you can provide added details we'll try to suggest a possible cause or areas requiring additional investigation.

You can read about common cooling problem causes at the following link.

LINK > Appliance411: FAQ: My frost free refrigerator is not cooling properly. What might be the problem?

Lastly, the fridge isn't on a switched wall outlet and someone is just turning the power off by mistake?

Dan O.
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