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Kenmore elite frige not cooling

Hello. I have a Kenmore elite fridge, that isn't cooling. It's a little over a year old, shouldn't be anything major.

Called local repair guy, paid a $30 service call, said was out of freon. I ordered bullet piercing value and got can stop leak with freon. After hooking everything up, the gauge was reading it has freon. So paid service call for nothing lol.

Looking for advice on what to do next. No error codes, fan and compressor are running, just not cooling.

Model number is 795.74023.411

Thanks in advance, great site. Been reading a lot of articles on here.

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Was thinking about just ordering a thermostat, seeing if that's the problem. Hate to start buying unneeded parts, until find right one.

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Hi @zookster ,

What is not cooling the fridge, the freezer or both?

Which fan is running? The evaporator fan, the compressor fan or both?

The evap fan will not run with the doors open -don't want to blow cold air out the door - so you'll have to listen for it running. Close and open door and listen if you can hear it start / stop with door close / open.

Is the evaporator getting icy cold? It is behind a panel in the freezer compartment as is the evap fan.

Here is a link to the parts for your fridge. It is handy as it gives an idea of the general location of the parts

Update (02/12/2018)

Hi @zookster ,

I know you said that you checked the refrigerant but do you know that for the Kenmore Elite series appliances (refrigerators) that there is a warranty of Five Years on the Sealed Refrigerant System and Ten Years on the Linear Compressor This is not as good as it sounds. After 1 year you still have to pay for the labour to get it repaired under warranty, just not the parts. Something to think about if you find that the compressor is faulty.

Here is the link to the warranty provisions. Scroll down to refrigerators

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Will check the parts today, and let you know.

The fan I checked is behind the fridge, along with compressor. Both are running but the lines aren't cold to the touch. Like the compressor is running but not engaged.

Neither side is cold btw.

Thanks for the link Jayeff. Appreciate your help and will post what I find out.

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Hi @zookster ,

If neither side of the compressor is cold, are the condenser coils warm or hot?

If not it means that there is no refrigerant being pumped through the system, so perhaps the compressor is faulty. You did say that you checked the freon. Did it have the correct pressure?

If the condenser coils are hot then you'll have to check if the evap unit and fan is iced up or not.

The evap fan blows cold air throughout the freezer and also into the fridge as well. If the evap fan is not working the freezer will be cold near the evap unit but not elsewhere in the freezer.

If the unit and fan is iced over, this means that either the defrost heater is not working, the defrost timer is not working, the control board is faulty etc.

The defrost cycle varies between makers. It usually occurs once every 8 -12 hours of the fridge running and lasts for about 20-30 minutes. The compressor is switched off as are the fans and the heater turned on. This allows any ice to melt and drain away. The temp in the freezer goes up to 32 deg F (0 deg C). when it reaches this usually the ice has already melted, due to heater, and the compressor is started again to drive the freezer back down to 0 deg F (-20 deg C) with the evap fan running

If the evap unit is not iced over, check that the evap fan works (mark a fan blade, close the door for a few moments then open door and see if marked blade has shifted. Also check that the evap unit is icy cold. BEWARE you can literally stick to it with your fingers if you touch it and it is working correctly. Wear dry gloves to feel.

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Okay, first, is the freezer working, but not the fridge? If so, the vent is clogged. Air flows through a vent in between the fridge and freezer. Two things to do would be to defrost the system by turning it off. After it is fully defrosted, clean it, open the vent and clean it, check for anything that could block air flow. Plug it back in and feel for air flow, especially between then fridge and freezer.

Also, listen to hear the compressor kick off. If you do not hear it go off, then you may need a kickstarter. It's like a giant capacitor you attach to the fridge's compressor to get it to turn over. You can order one online or buy one at a fridge repair store.

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Okay, first, is the freezer working, but not the fridge? If so, the vent is clogged. Air flows through a vent in between the fridge and freezer. Two things to do would be to defrost the system by turning it off. After it is fully defrosted, clean it, open the vent and clean it, check for anything that could block air flow. Plug it back in and feel for air flow, especially between then fridge and freezer.

Also, listen to hear the compressor kick off. If you do not hear it go off, then you may need a kickstarter. It's like a giant capacitor you attach to the fridge's compressor to get it to turn over. You can order one online or buy one at a fridge parts replacement store.

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I just checked for what Jayeff mentioned earlier.

I can hear the fan running in the fridge, and it shuts off when door is opened.

The one in the rear freezer panel, is not running at all. Would this not let it cool at all, or would just build up ice?

Neither side is cooling, to the other guys trying to help. This model doesn't have the relay on compressor like most do.

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