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Hello all. If I missed a tread where this problem has already been covered I apologize. I inherited a Kenmore

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Old 12-07-2013, 08:31 AM
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Model Number: 25371122102   Brand: Kenmore   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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Hello all. If I missed a tread where this problem has already been covered I apologize. I inherited a Kenmore top freezer which has stopped cooling on it's own. If I turn the cold control knob manually the compressor kicks on and everything gets cold as it should (I changed out the cold control hoping that was the problem- it wasn't). The defrost timer seems to be working fine. Heat exchanger is clean and there wasn't a problem with excess frost before the unit stopped working properly. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!


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Old 12-08-2013, 05:48 AM
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Most probable problem is a burnt wire behind the control panel.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:18 AM
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Default Thanks Richappy for the reply.

I was hoping you could point me toward the control panel. Customer service at APP couldn't. Do you have a hunch as to which component the wire would be running from/to? I should add; this fridge sits in the garage. It was fine last winter, but could the cold be bothering a thermostat? I saw on another thread were a garage kit is available for some models. My serial # is LA13814906
Thanks again for your help. After replacing a perfectly fine cold control I'd like not to throw good $ after bad.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:06 PM
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That's your problem, too cold in the garage and hard on the compressor.
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Default Thanks again Richappy

Urgh, that sounds like a problem. It'd be better if something was broke. I'm in MD and the garage is only 40's (when I've checked). With all due respect it's hard to believe that cold is the problem b/c I'm sure I'm not the only one with a garage fridge.
Would one of those garage kits work for me? Or is this fridge hopeless?
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Richappy, Thanks again for taking your time to read my dribble. Santa will surely be taking note.
I had an idea about the cold garage affecting fridge performance. Would putting a lightbulb down by the compressor help?
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NO, your differential cold control will simply not work, too cold. You can buy a constant differential control that will work, part #3030-505
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Default Thanks again.

I'll give it a try.
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