If your fridge is not working, you will probably want to do everything in your power to make sure you can fix it rather than replace the whole thing. Fridges are expensive, after all, so you want to go through the least amount of trouble to fix your current one. If your fridge stops cooling, here’s how to carry out a Kenmore refrigerator troubleshoot so that you can conveniently address the issue at hand.
Dirty Condenser Coils
One of the reasons your fridge might not be cooling is that the condenser coils are dirty. Usually located underneath the fridge itself, these dissipate the heat as the refrigerant flows through them. When dirty, the coils fail to dissipate the heat as needed and, therefore, the fridge has to work harder in order to cool down. If they’re too dirty, then the fridge won’t be able to maintain the right temperature and it will become ultimately inefficient. If you are having temperature issues, check on the condenser coils and clean them if necessary.
Damaged Condenser Fan Motor
In order to draw air through the condenser coils and over the compressor, you need a condenser fan motor. If this piece isn’t working as needed, then your fridge will have trouble staying cool. To check if this is the problem with your Kenmore refrigerator, check the blade of the fan to see if there are any obstructions. Then, turn the fan motor blade by hand. If it’s not spinning freely, then you might have to replace the condenser fan motor. However, if it does spin freely, then test the fan motor for continuity with a multimeter. Replace the condenser fan motor if there is no continuity after the test.
Evaporator Fan Motor Not Working
In order to distribute cold air throughout the fridge and the freezer compartments, the evaporator fan motor draws air from over the cooling coils and circulates it. Some fridges have two evaporators, one in each compartment, while others only have one in the freezer section. If cold air is not circulating around your fridge, it might mean that the evaporator fan is not working. In these cases, the freezer might still stay cold, but the fridge won’t. Similarly to the condenser fan motor, check if you can turn the fan blade by hand. If it’s not spinning freely, then you might have to replace the evaporator fan motor. if it does spin, then test the fan motor for continuity with a multimeter. Replace the evaporator fan motor if there is no continuity after the test.