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    Default FIXED: Kenmore 106.58706802 - Freezer periodically warms up

    Model Number: 106.58706802
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 6-10 years

    Hi,

    I'm trying to figure out what to do about our fridge. The fridge side seems to be fine for now. About a week ago, we noticed frost on items and ice cream that went soft. I figured somebody might have left the door open and decided to keep an eye on it for a few days.

    We cleaned the coils and checked the fans. Coils were dirty. Freezer fan and compressor fan are both working. Compressor was hot to the touch.

    After emptying it out and unplugging it, I took the back covers off the freezer side. It had warmed up enough that no frost was visible.

    I plugged it back in and it got cold pretty quick, even light frost on the coils. I then put the covers back on and ran it overnight. By morning freezer was very cold and fridge side seemed fine.

    I then put the ice maker back and turned the water on to see if we could get ice. At this point the freezer is warm again, not making ice.


    Are these symptoms of the 'starter' problem, or might something else be going on?

    Thanks!

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    I unplugged it and plugged it back in after 5 minutes and it seems like it is getting cold again. I can see frost in the coils that you can peek at through the grill at the bottom of the back panel in the freezer.

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    Hi,

    Make sure your condenser fan motor is running when the compressor is running, it mounts next to the compressor.

    If your condenser fan motor is running good, then it may be the compressor start relay that's starting to go bad.

    Follow the guide here to check and see if it rattles inside when you remove it: [FIXED] How to replace a (Whirlpool/Kenmore Model 106) Refrigerator Start Relay

    Here's the compressor start device relay assembly for your model you can order:
    WPW10189190 Start Device Assembly


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    Thanks Jake!

    The fan by the compressor is going, so I think we're good there.

    I'll see about procuring a replacement start relay and see how that goes.

    What might be a good 'test' to determine if we're 'done'? Do I just need to wait it out a few cycles and make sure the ice isn't melting?

    Thanks again,

    Carlos

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    Ok Carlos, did it rattle inside when you shook that compressor start relay device?

    Do you have a multimeter?

    Because I'd rather have you confirm its bad first before ordering the new one.

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    The starter does rattle a bit. I do have a multimeter.

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    Ok, if it rattles then its usually bad.

    To confirm that: Unplug your refrigerator first, then Put your meter probes in the top 2 holes, and put your meter at the lowest ohms of resistance, it should read between 0-12 ohms. If you don't get a reading between 0-12 ohms, or you get no reading at all, then its bad.



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    Thumbs up Fixt!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    Ok, if it rattles then its usually bad.

    Jake
    This went so well/easy I forgot to come back and post results...

    I was a little worried, because the replacement starter rattled a little also (not as much as the old one). It went in just fine and everything came up the first time.

    Fridge is keeping both sides cold now and all seems to be well with the world.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Excellent Carlos, glad to hear your start relay device was the problem and that the new one fixed it.

    Thanks for the update! We love updates here, as so many folks don't come back to update us.

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