: What can cause my Kenmore refrigerator to be warm when the freezer is cooling, model number 596.65232402?
When you open the freezer door do you hear the freezer fan running? All of the cooling in the lower section comes from the freezer fan blowing cold air through an air duct. If the freezer fan is not running, you will need to remove the rear panel of the freezer & check the freezer fan motor. It may be stuck on ice or the bearings may need lubed.
Here are some other things to look for when you're having problems with your refrigerator:
Inadequate time for cooling â€“ This can happen if the refrigerator is only recently delivered or if a large amount of food has recently been placed in it. This includes food placed in crisper drawers.
Control Setting â€“ Look at the dial. Sometimes freezer dials are located in the refrigerator.
Vent being blocked â€“ Air flows between the freezer and refrigerator sections to provide proper cooling via air vents. Move any food items that might block the vents.
Warm air getting in â€“ If doors are being left open, opened frequently, or if there are poor seals around the door(s). Also food stored in the door of the refrigerator often stays warmer than food in the interior.
Surrounding temperature is too low or too high-Too low (below 55F) (Winter):(Does not affect standalone freezers) If the unit is in a cold environment such as an unheated garage, basement or outdoors, this may affect the thermostat. Too high (above 110F) (Summer):If the unit is in a hot environment such as a closed garage without air conditioning, on an enclosed back porch, or in direct sunlight, this may overheat the system affecting performance.
Condenser coil is dirty â€“ When the condenser coil is dirty it causes the sealed system to overheat and therefore the refrigerator will not cool properly.
Defrost Cycle - When the refrigerator goes into defrost, the cooling mode stops and a defrost heater energizes to remove accumulated frost from the evaporator (cooling) coil, which causes the freezer temperature to rise slightly.
Demo Mode - While in demo / showroom mode, the interior lights and control display work but the compressor and fans do not run.
Refrigerator Lacks Clearance For Proper Air Circulation - Refrigerators require a specific amount of clearance around the cabinet to allow for air circulation. If the refrigerator does not have the minimum clearance required, the refrigerator or freezer cannot cool properly.