From reading online it seems like the starter relay in these go out occasionally, but would the compressor kick on at all if the relay was bad?
I assume it could be an intermittent problem with the relay, but does that usually happen with these, or do they usually catastrophically fail?
What else could be bad that turning the thermostat off and then back on would reset it and the compressor would kick on and start cooling correctly?
Hello. The other day I noticed that the fridge and freezer were both relatively warm on my 106 Coldspot top mount Kenmore (built 9/2005). I pulled the rear cover off and cleaned everything out, but it actually wasn't very dirty since I had cleaned it around 6 months ago. I found how to check the defrost cycle online by pulling the plug and turning the thermostat off, wait 30 seconds and plug it back in. Using a kill-a-watt meter I monitored the wattage. It was ~400W during the defrost cycle. After a while I unplugged the unit, turned the thermostat to the recommended setting and plugged it back it. The compressor kicked on, drawing ~100W, and the fridge began to cool. I replaced the rear cover and pushed it back into place hoping that it was just a fluke. At one point (I think before I checked the defrost operation) I monitored the wattage and it was up around 700W, which seemed a little high, so I unplugged it and then tried the defrost check.Today I noticed it warming up again and the compressor wasn't running, so I turned the thermostat OFF and then back to the recommended setting. The compressor immediately kicked on and now it seems to be cooling correctly (~0 F freezer / ~40F fridge within a few hours). All fans seem to be running as well and there was no ice forming anywhere in the freezer (although I didn't check behind the inner rear panel). From reading online it seems like the starter relay in these go out occasionally, but would the compressor kick on at all if the relay was bad? I assume it could be an intermittent problem with the relay, but does that usually happen with these, or do they usually catastrophically fail? What else could be bad that turning the thermostat off and then back on would reset it and the compressor would kick on and start cooling correctly?I hate to admit it, but being the engineer in me tends to enjoy messing around with this stuff anytime I have a problem. Off to put an RC car battery in my Swiffer Vac Thanks!!Nick
First off, thanks for the info and the engineer story I woke up this morning and the fridge and freezer were once again relatively warm and the compressor and fans weren't running. I gave the panel that houses the thermostat a little love tap and everything kicked on. I'll check it again when I go home for lunch, but it's starting to look like the thermostat might be having some issues (thanks to Whirlpooltech and Jayman for steering me towards this). Maybe I'll pull the thermostat and check for pitting or wear before ordering anything. All my food is pretty much ruined, so it won't hurt much to play around with things for a few days. My model does have the adaptive defrost board, so I'll look at that as well.Oh, JWWebster....I've met plenty of engineers who are, how should I say this, slightly less than intelligent. (Who knows, maybe I fall into that category as well ) All I know is that if I have a problem with my car that I can't figure out, I call my brother, who's an ASE certified mechanic. He's dealt with many more failures than the engineer who designed the failing part.
I guess if it starts acting up again I'll start swapping out parts.