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106.53203200 Kenmore elite refrigerator is not cooling on the refrigerator side, but the freezer is cold

TNscene

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Side by side refrigerator is not cooling on the refrigerator side, but the freezer is cold. There was some ice build up on the top shelf fan in the refrigerator, which I reduced with a hair dryer. Refrigerator side is still only getting to 50 degrees. Any help/ recommendations would be greatly appreciated

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TNscene

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The 52303200 is the number on the model line. I think it's the air damper since there was no air movement and then some air movement after I used a hair dryer to melt some ice build up on the fan
 

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Here's a picture in case I would pick the wrong info
 

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Jake

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It should be 106.53203200 per your model number tag.:)

You had the 2 and 3 reversed.

Is the evaporator fan motor in the freezer running?

If so, I agree it's likely your air diffuser thats bad, I've replaced lots of these for this issue.

You can also stick something small in the vent to see if the vent louvers open, like a small pocket screwdriver or small pen/pencil till your new air diffuser arrives.

Here's the air diffuser for your model you can order:
WP2216112 Air Diffuser


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I tried 106. and nothing came up. Now I know why.
The 52303200 is the number on the model line.
Good thing you posted the picture.

Leave the machine plugged in and running and remove the evaporator cover. Take a pic of the frost pattern on the coils and post it here. Reinstall the cover.
 

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I think it's the diffuser. Took a good amount apart and no ice build up. Louvres are open. This part isn't pulling air into the refrigerator. It's just the air force generated from the freezer side. Having a technician take a look today to be for sure. Thank you!
 

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Also, when you open your freezer door and the air flows good into your refrigerator section, then you close the freezer door and it stops flowing good, that indicates an ice clog in your return air duct tunnel assembly.

#4 here is your return air duct louver that unsnaps:
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Its on the the left side wall in your refrigerator section, so you will likely need to remove the middle shelves and lower drawers to access it.

Clear all the ice out and see if that solves it. You can run hot water down and see if it flows out from the bottom vent, take the shelves out of the freezer, then take the lower back panel off from inside the freezer, then you can see the bottom vent to the right.

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Thank you! I'll check that, as well. I cancelled my technician and ordered the diffuser since it wasn't running. Air flow is strictly from the freezer. Hoping that will fix issue. Thank you for your help!
 

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The freezer evaporator fan motor forces cold air through that air damper, so if you open the air damper louvers with a small pocket screwdriver or small pen/pencil you should feel plenty of cold air coming through the air damper. Did you do that a feel cold freezer air blowing through the air damper into the refrigerator section?

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There was air coming through, but with very low force. Hoping it's just the diffuser no longer pushing it causing the higher temperature in the refrigerator
 

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Your not understanding, the freezer(evaporator) fan motor pushes the cold air through the air damper into the refrigerator section.:)

If the louvers in the air damper are fully open then it should be getting down to 36-40 degrees in the refrigerator section.

That's why I always put a small pocket screwdriver or small pen/pencil in the air damper louvers to force them fully open.

Did you put a small pocket screwdriver or small pen/pencil in the air damper louvers to force them fully open?

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I did. The louvers are open. I took pictures from both the freezer and refrigerator and it's open. I had hoped it was just closed off before ordering the diffuser fan
 

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See your photo, they are closed, look deep inside there.

Here is a photo of them open:


That's why I mentioned to stick something deep inside there to open them, to see if the air flow increases.:)

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I have this same issue on a Kenmore 106.53552202. I appreciated the picture clarifying louvres open. I stuck a bamboo stick in there and now cold air coming in. Are you saying this means I need a new air diffuser?
 
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