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FIXED 1996 Sears Kenmore Coldspot 106.9555382 Fridge and Freezer Not Cooling Enough

Momof4Boys

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Location
Virginia
Model Number
106.9555385
Brand
Sears Kenmore
Age
More than 10 years
The 1996 Kenmore Coldspot 106.9555382 side-by-side fridge and freezer both became too warm to keep food. It may have happened gradually over a few days but I noticed when everything in the freezer thawed. I had no water leakage in the floor like I had with a timer problem 20 years ago. The fan is running, I can hear the compressor relay clicking, the compressor was pretty warm to touch when I first removed the back panel. I unplugged the unit overnight and then plugged it back up to see if I felt the compressor running. I am not certain I feel anything from the compressor but it does gradually grow warm again as the fridge runs. I feel no vibration so it is either very smooth running or not running. I am not sure why it grows warm if it is not running though. Seeking any advice on the problem...relay, compressor, thermostat, freon? How can I identify the problem? If it is a major problem, it may be best to invest in a new one, but I would like to just repair the old one if the cost is not too high. I also nloticed that where warm air used to blow out of the front of the fridge/freezer near the floor, the air is now cool.
 
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jeff1

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Hi,

The fan is running, I can hear the compressor relay clicking, the compressor was pretty warm to touch when I first removed the back panel.

Kinda sounds like the compressor is not running but trying to run ( clicking ) = warm FZ and FF sections.

*Some* clicking compressor info...
https://www.applianceaid.com/refrigerator-repair-help.php#clicking

If it is a major problem, it may be best to invest in a new one, but I would like to just repair the old one if the cost is not too high.

True!

Seeking any advice on the problem...relay, compressor, thermostat, freon?

Relay - possible.
Compressor - very possible.
Thermostat - not likely.
Refrigerant gas - possible, but normally the compressor runs but is not cooling.

jeff sr.
 

Momof4Boys

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Thanks Jeff, I ordered a new relay online and it seemed to be the having the same issue, so I assumed it is the compressor and just purchased a new refrigerator. Waiting for delivery. Thanks for your reply.
 

jeff1

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I ordered a new relay online and it seemed to be the having the same issue, so I assumed it is the compressor and just purchased a new refrigerator

Exactly! (y)

jeff sr.
 
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