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kenmore refrigerator 1069552610,fan runs slow,lights dim,compressor runs,freezer not freezing,refri. cooling.

Kenmoore refrigerator side by side 1069552610 was not defrosting so I manully turned the defrost timer to cycle unit,heater element came on and worked fine,timed out ,unit came back on,worked fine for about a month and had to do it again,I did not take the time to order the defrost timer,about two weeks later the freezer stopped freezing,refri. cooling,fans running slow,lights dim,unit seams to be running on low voltage,wall oulet voltage ok,any idea what is wrong.

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Refrigerator problems can be very inconvenient and worrisome. The perishables are not being kept at the correct temperature and the fridge may need repairs. While you wait for the expert, you can check the two links below for previous expert posts that may shed some light on this issue. The first deals with the fridge not cooling, the second offers an explanation about appliances and dimming lights. If you decide you would prefer to have an experienced technician diagnose and make repairs, an option is to visit Sears Home Services and use the scheduler. Hope this provides some answers if not resolution.
by Manage My Life
December 26th, 2010
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scott d
I understand your concern. You have already received some good information. From the information listed, it would appear the defrost timer # 482493 will need to be replaced, to correct the defrost problem.

Now, if the fans are running slow, the lights dim and the unit is not cooling, I suspect the compressor is not running. If the compressor is trying to start but can't, it will draw the current down and can cause the motors to run slow and the light to dim but this will only happen momentarily until the compressor overload opens. Then it will happen again, each time the compressor tries to start. If this is taking place the problem could be with the starting device on the compressor or the compressor could be locked (stuck). A technician will need to make this check.

Another possibility could be a poor wire connection. The voltage will also need to be checked where the power cord connects to the refrigerator and at the wall outlet. These checks need to be made with the refrigerator still connected. I recommend having a technician make these checks. I'm listing a site you can access, to have a tech come out. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

. If the problem is at the wall outlet, an electrician will be needed. If you would like more assistance, any additional details will be helpful and I will be glad to assist you further.

Safety Notice

: Be sure to disconnect the appliance before performing any troubleshooting procedures. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks or repairs that might be recommended, please contact a local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.
by scott d Earned 3,268 community points in Kenmore
December 28th, 2010
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Voltage going to the unit is fine,the compressor comes on and runs fine,the evaporator is freezing,but with the compressor running the lights go dim,the evaportor fan and condensor fan slows down so it has little air circlation,so evaprorator frezzes up,if compressor is off lights and fan run ok,any idea what is causing the voltage drop.
by Manage My Life
January 20th, 2011
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scott d
If the voltage drop only occurs when the compressor runs, then the problem will probably be with the compressor. First make sure the voltage to the refrigerator is a full 110 volts. If the voltage is less, it will be a problem with the electrical circuit. If the voltage is ok, this appears to be a compressor problem.
by scott d Earned 3,268 community points in Kenmore
January 24th, 2011
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