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253.44723100 Kenmore Elite Fridge trying to run but shuts off

edee_em

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Joined
Sep 3, 2005
Messages
26
Location
Ontario, Canada
Model Number
253.44723100
Brand
Sears Kenmore
Age
6-10 years
Hi
Couldn't get too many words into the title so let me explain. Heard our Kenmore (fridge only), model 253.44723100, turn on but it immediately shut off. This repeated a few times. I came upstairs to check the computer for this symptom. I went back downstairs to get the model number and it was running fine, not cutting out, for the short time I was down there. Anyone have this experience and some troubleshooting tips? Thanks
 

rickgburton

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Location
Murray, Utah 84107, United States
Sounds like the start device is wearing out or the compressor is wearing out. Measure the resistance of the relay in the start device (3Ω-23Ω). Measure the compressor windings
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edee_em

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Messages
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Location
Ontario, Canada
Interesting turn of events with the fridge: it seems to be working fine.

The only things I did to it was to move the fridge out to open up the back and level the fridge as I noticed it was quite out of level when I moved it. Is it possible that jiggling it around a bit and leveling it could have "fixed" it? Can an unlevel fridge cause issues with the compressor?
 

edee_em

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Messages
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Location
Ontario, Canada
I wanted to update this post with some new information. While working beside the fridge I noticed the fridge making a noise and then stopping and this continued for a bit. I wasn't sure what exactly was making the noise (at first I thought it was the compressor) but then I heard the compressor start so I think what I was hearing was a fan or similar trying to turn on but shutting off. Does this change anything in the troubleshooting asked for?
 
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