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dinosaur1 11-18-2011 09:33 AM

Refrigerator not cooling enough
 
Our 10 yr old Kenmore fridge isnt cooling enough. We tried to change the setting and we waited 24 hrs, but its the same. What can we check? We are ready to sell it, but we don't want to sell it in this condition.

Doc Holliday 11-18-2011 03:40 PM

If you have a refrigerant leak which I'm almost certain you do than you're going to have to call a refrigeration company out to charge it. More than likely you're going to have to call out a company to diagnose the problem to begin with and at ten years old I'd suspect it's not worth the money.

Let the local skateboarding kids have it, they'll put it to good use.

dinosaur1 11-18-2011 04:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
If you have a refrigerant leak which I'm almost certain you do than you're going to have to call a refrigeration company out to charge it. More than likely you're going to have to call out a company to diagnose the problem to begin with and at ten years old I'd suspect it's not worth the money.

Let the local skateboarding kids have it, they'll put it to good use.

What can I check to see if its that or soemething else before calling anyone?

Doc Holliday 11-18-2011 04:38 PM

You'll need a meter to test amp draw on the compressor to see if it's running as it should and you'll need refrigerant gauges (specific to what refrigerant your fridge uses such as the possible 134) and hope you have service ports to connect to.

It's really not all that easy to simply just check without the correct tools.

dinosaur1 11-18-2011 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
You'll need a meter to test amp draw on the compressor to see if it's running as it should and you'll need refrigerant gauges (specific to what refrigerant your fridge uses such as the possible 134) and hope you have service ports to connect to.

It's really not all that easy to simply just check without the correct tools.

I shut off the unit from the inside. It turns off so fans are working ok. Now it's just a matter of testing it properly.

biggles 11-18-2011 05:05 PM

if you have the condenser on the bottom with a fan running might need brushing out is it just the refrig section and or the freezer also... does the compressor run

dinosaur1 11-18-2011 05:26 PM

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Originally Posted by biggles
if you have the condenser on the bottom with a fan running might need brushing out is it just the refrig section and or the freezer also... does the compressor run

Mainly the refrig section.

dinosaur1 11-18-2011 05:30 PM

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if you have the condenser on the bottom with a fan running might need brushing out is it just the refrig section and or the freezer also... does the compressor run

Here are some pics.

hardwareman 11-18-2011 05:35 PM

first things first,
1) check the evap coil for frost build up
2) check the condenser coil for lint and what not
If your freezer temp is ok then I quarantee it is not a freon problem, most likely a defrost problem

dinosaur1 11-18-2011 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by hardwareman
first things first,
1) check the evap coil for frost build up
2) check the condenser coil for lint and what not
If your freezer temp is ok then I quarantee it is not a freon problem, most likely a defrost problem

Looks pretty dusty in there.

dinosaur1 11-18-2011 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by hardwareman
first things first,
1) check the evap coil for frost build up
2) check the condenser coil for lint and what not
If your freezer temp is ok then I quarantee it is not a freon problem, most likely a defrost problem

Coils located in the front we're very dusty. Got it cleaned out. It takes 24 hrs for the temp to balance out so ill let you know shortly.

biggles 11-18-2011 07:45 PM

even the fan blades if they are dusty...how's the freezer setting?the refrig works a damper door that closes when the box reaches.temp i have a GE about that old initial on the freezer is C and the refrig section is 5....let it run over night...hows the freezer box not packed up....:eek:clear the dischrge grills of stuff... for the run

dinosaur1 11-18-2011 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by biggles
even the fan blades if they are dusty...how's the freezer setting?the refrig works a damper door that closes when the box reaches.temp i have a GE about that old initial on the freezer is C and the refrig section is 5....let it run over night...hows the freezer box not packed up....:eek:clear the dischrge grills of stuff... for the run

I have to wait 24 hrs for the temps to adjust and ill report back.

biggles 11-18-2011 09:31 PM

in the morning should be stable

dinosaur1 11-18-2011 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by biggles
in the morning should be stable

Thanks ill let u know.


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