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Offline bruceemery

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Good morning all,

Have an armoire style fridge/freezer unit that is Kenmore model # 596.73503203 but I understand a private labeled Amana unit.  One of the first armoire types offered about 10 years ago ?? Not sure of age.

Survived some flooding last fall but after a recent storm and power outage (no I didn't unplug it for when electric came back on) the refrigerator doesn't work now.  No cold at all.  Freezer and ice machine still working fine.

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Bruce

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2013, 10:34:43 AM »
Are you saying the freezer and icemaker on this unit are working but the fresh food section is not?

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 10:51:29 AM »
Yes Bailey ...that's correct the refrigerator / Armoire double door section is not producing any cold ant all but the drawer freezer and ice machine are working perfectly.

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 11:10:38 AM »
Return air blockage,remove back panel on the freezer and defrost the side of the evaporator coils. The return air is probably blocked with frost. Check the fan as well.

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013, 01:16:05 PM »
At the top, in the back, the air from the freezer comes in through a damper control.Take the cover off and see if the door is open. Like stove guy says the fan in the freezer pushes cold air into the upper section. If the freezer temp is around zero you must have a blockage somewhere. It should be obvious.

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2013, 03:24:07 PM »
To Stoveguy and Bailey,

Thank you both for getting back to me. Took covers off back and see no frost or ice at all... frankly I don't really see coils like I expected to see ... there is some very very narrow coil like looking piece that is horizontal and is placed underneath all the other parts and is black and shows no frost at all.  I am attaching pic of what I assume is the damper inside fridge compartment at top in the back... it appears the door is open (can yo tell if it is or not ... I could get it to be in an opposite position).  The fan is not running at all.  Temperature of freezer is zero.  I attach a few pics. 

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2013, 03:38:58 PM »
Re the damper -  that should read ... "I could NOT get it into an opposite position"

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2013, 04:17:56 PM »
Pictures taken were from the compressor room as I call it. The black underneath coil is your condensor which removes heat, so of course no ice there. I am glad you went back there because if that compressor is running, that fan needs to be turning. Bailey meant in the top and back of inside the fridge I believe. Old stove guy meant inside the freezer back panel. If your damper is closed there lies your issue. You need to check the damper motor for power. Imho, I would wait on checking for return air blockage due to this happening after an outage, when the power was off forcing the box to become warmer, and the fact that after the power issue at home, this issue became prevalent. :D
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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2013, 04:28:09 PM »
Thanks Domain ...yes that pic labeled "damper" is a picture taken of inside and back wall / top of fridge.   So I take it fan should be replaced.  Could the fan have been damaged when electric came back on?  A transformer blew on the pole down the street and electric was off for about 36 hours.  So I take it there are two fans ... one for compressor and one inside freezer to push cold air to fridge?

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2013, 04:33:55 PM »
Looks like the damper door is wide open. Is the fan in the freezer running? I don't think it will run with the freezer door open so push the light switch in when you check it. The compressor, the fan by the compressor and the freezer fan all run at the same time. If the freezer fan is running and the temp in the freezer is around zero you should be able to feel cool air coming through the damper.

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2013, 04:42:13 PM »
Yes sir. You have a condenser fan motor and evaporator fan motor. Your evaporator motor and coil is located inside your freezer drawer, on the back wall. You should be able to open the drawer when cooling and hear and feel air out of your venting in the freezer, provided it is working. Another way to tell if your freezer fan is operational, is when you had your damper out, feel for air where the damper mounts. When that compressor IS ON and CALLING for cooling, the condenser fan should be turning as well. See if it spins with a screwdriver(UNPLUGGED). It may have bad bearings/bushings. If it is locked up, verify 120vac to motor. It does appear that your damper WAS open, but your posts are describing the opposite?   :D

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2013, 04:43:38 PM »
 :oops: And of course, when checking for EVAPORATOR FAN operation, push in all door switches necessary! :D

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2013, 05:04:23 PM »
Hi again Domain and Bailey,  after your last post Domain I went down and took these two pics attached both inside freezer drawer/compartment on back wall top and bottom.  Bailey, I opened freezer draw and held the light switch then opened the fridge and no cold air (or any air) coming out the damper. The condenser fan does move/spin but I haven't seen/heard it turn on since I've been at this granted on an on and off basis throughout the day.  Could it be possible that both fans are shot?  I hear a hum but again it does not appear fans are on....is the hum just the condenser?  How do you access the evaporator fan?  ANd Domain got your OOPs message... went down again as i had not held the fridge switches closed but still no air running through damper.

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2013, 05:09:10 PM »
The HUM will be coming from the COMPRESSOR. The rear panels should be held on by two 1/4'' screws in the upper left and right of the rear panel. The center plastic duct cover also needs to be removed. This would be to check your EVAP FAN motor. You will also need a DVM, or volt meter.  :D

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Re: Kenmore(by Amana?) armoire type-Frezzer working fine- Fridge not
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2013, 05:10:01 PM »
Bruce, may I ask where you are located? :D

 

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