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my refrigerator/freezer won't freeze

My Kenmore 106.54683300 side by side refrigerator/freezer will not freeze. It will only get as low as 28 degrees, then goes up again. I took the cover off the inside back on the freezer. The last two rows of coils have frost. also the large coil that runs on the right side from top to bottom has frost from bottom to top and in about 8 inches where coil connects with what looks like a thermostat? This problem seemed to happen all the sudden a few days ago. It will not make ice. Melts popsicles. And will not freeze ice cube trays. My husband has already cleaned and vacuumed out the coils underneath the unit.

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Manage My Life
Thank you! I appreciate the quick response, technical information, and the honest answers!
by Manage My Life
July 11th, 2011
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Fred M
A restriction means the dryer or capillary line is partially clogged. The condeser fan is a vital part of the system. If it is not turning then the condenser can not dissipate the heat that is removed from inside the refrigerator.

Replacement is the best option for this kind of problem. Sealed system repairs run in the $400-$500 dollar range with a bad compressor costing even more.
by Fred M Earned 3,489 community points in Kenmore
July 11th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Hi, thank you for your response. What do you mean by a restriction in the system? Also, the fan at the bottom on back of unit does not seem to be spinning as fast as I would think it would. Since the refrigerator was manufactured in 07/2003, the warranty is long since expired. By sealed system problem, do you mean it may have a leak? I did melt the ice on the coils, dried it off, put the cover back on and turned the unit back on, but it seamed to frost up pretty quick. If this is the problem, would I be better off getting a new refridgerator?
by Manage My Life
July 11th, 2011
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Fred M
Cleaning the coils was a good idea but from the description you give you have a sealed system problem.

There is likely a restriction in the system or you have an inefficient compressor.

There is a 5 year sealed system warranty but after that it will be better to replace than repaired. Most sealed system problem will run in the neighborhood of $400-$500 dollars to repair. Even more if the compressor is the problem.

A defrost problem would have a more even ice build up on all of the coils.

I hope this helps. You can reply with any additional details or questions for further assistance.
by Fred M Earned 3,489 community points in Kenmore
July 11th, 2011
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Joseph Perez
I know how important it is to have a good working freezer in the home so that you can keep your food items nice and cold. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some good information to help you with your question. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Kenmore
July 9th, 2011
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