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Kenmore Coldspot Side by Side  Refrigerator not cooling enough

Kenmore Coldspot Side by Side  Refrigerator not cooling enough

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    Default Kenmore Coldspot Side by Side Refrigerator not cooling enough

    Hi. I have a Kenmore Coldspot side by side refrigerator: 106.56544400. It's about 8 years old. The compressor runs non-stop and the refrigerator temperature is 44 degrees. I have cleaned the condenser coil, looked at the evaporator coil in the freezer (it had some ice on it because the fridge door had been recently left ajar by accident - I removed that with a hair dryer, so it's fine). The evaporator fan works fine. The condenser fan works fine. Air is coming out of the vent at the top left of the refrigerator. The vents (upper and lower) in the refrigerator side are not blocked. I would like to find help for what the problem could be.

    Is there a thermostat involved that could be a problem? What other possibility is there? The unit was thawed out fairly good yesterday when I removed the ice from the evaporator coil with the hair dryer (as I said, I think that ice was caused by the door being left open inadvertently for quite a while a few days ago). The only time I have heard the compressor go if since yesterday was for a defrost cycle. The unit has been back on for about 16 hours after I inspected the evaporator coil), so I would think that would have been enough time for the fridge to cool to the proper temperature (which I understand is 37 degrees).

    The condenser coil underneath the fridge is not totally clean as it is practically impossible to access past the first set of the coil (it is not flat and the grates won't fit the typical condenser brush), but overall, there's not that much fuzz on it.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi,

    The compressor runs non-stop and the refrigerator temperature is 44 degrees. I have cleaned the condenser coil, looked at the evaporator coil in the freezer
    What is the freezer temp?
    Check the evaporator/cooling coils again and snap a picture of the frost pattern, post the pic here so we can have a peek.

    The compressor runs non-stop - Is there a thermostat involved that could be a problem?
    If running all of the time, I doubt the temp/control control thermostat is doing anything wrong....it is already sensing the temp is not correct and keeps telling the compressor to keep going.

    jeff.
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    Default Kenmore Coldspot Side by Side Refrigerator not cooling enough

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff1 View Post
    Hi,

    What is the freezer temp?
    Check the evaporator/cooling coils again and snap a picture of the frost pattern, post the pic here so we can have a peek.

    If running all of the time, I doubt the temp/control control thermostat is doing anything wrong....it is already sensing the temp is not correct and keeps telling the compressor to keep going.
    jeff.

    Thanks so much for replying.

    I have not taken the freezer temp, but the food is frozen like it normally is. The temp is now down to 41 degrees in the fridge, so I am wondering if it is just taking a very long time to cool down after having it turned off last night for about 2-3 hours. It's gone from 44 to 41 degrees in the fridge over about 8 hours today. I thought it would cool much faster than that. I think the ice I originally mentioned on the evaporator coils had been due to the fridge being left open days ago, so I haven't opened the panel up again because I wanted to see if the temp in the fridge would eventually come down to 37. The compressor did turn off for about 15 minutes at about 7:15 pm (I think that was the first time it turned off since yesterday) and then again for about 10-15 minutes at 9:40 pm, so maybe it thinks it reached its correct temp. I was guessing that the 7:15 pm turn off was a defrost cycle, but I didn't hear any water sizzle, so I don't know if it was a defrost cycle or if it just thought that the correct temperature had been reached.

    I read somewhere that if the air coming out of the diffuser in the fridge (top left) has a better flow when opening the freezer door that something is blocking the return vent from the fridge to freezer. I do get better air flow into that top left vent on the fridge when I open the freezer door. I pulled the return vent grille off of the inside left side of the fridge to see if I could see any blockage. There was a rectangular styrofoam opening (not very deep) behind the grill. It was dry as could be. Is it still possible that the path from that return into the freezer is frozen? I was tempted to pour some hot water into that rectangular area as there seems to be a small circular opening at one end of the rectangular area, which I imagine is where the return air goes. I put the top of my finger in it and felt nothing. I can't see any opening on the freezer side where this circular opening goes to. Should I pour hot water in it, just in case there is somehow ice in it. I would have thought it would have melted on its own when I was using a hair dryer on the evaporator coil last night (but that return is on the side of the wall, not in the back, so maybe it could still have ice in it (I have no reason to think there would be ice there; just thinking maybe somehow due to what I described about the better airflow with the freezer door open). If I pour hot water into the opening, do I run the risk that the water that I am pouring then freezes up somehow since I can't really see where it's going? Do you think pouring hot water down there is a good idea?

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    Do you think pouring hot water down there is a good idea?
    Sure.

    I have not taken the freezer temp, but the food is frozen like it normally is.
    Some food will freezer just be low 32?F and others need closer to 0?F to freeze. Having an acual temp will help to tell you how the refrigeration system is working.

    The temp is now down to 41 degrees in the fridge, so I am wondering if it is just taking a very long time to cool down after having it turned off last night for about 2-3 hours. It's gone from 44 to 41 degrees in the fridge over about 8 hours today. I thought it would cool much faster than that.
    Usually 4-6 hours to get back to temp and 24 hours before getting into an on and off routine.

    jeff.
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