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Trips the circuit breaker off if the thermostat is set to lower temp. what is wrong ?

Kenmore refrigerator 106.9759715 door was left open overnight. Now it trips the circuit breaker off if the thermostat is set to lower temp. Does this mean the thermostat is bad or there is something else wrong?

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scott d
Muza, this was a very good check. If the breaker tripped when you advanced the timer till it clicked and shut off, it places the unit into the defrost cycle. If this is when the breaker trips, it does lead to a shorted heating element # 2315531. I hope this helps you.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
May 16th, 2012
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Scott, Thanks for replying back. While reading your expert advice I decided to do a little test.
I reset the breaker and turned the timer to click and the compressor turned on and I slowly turned the timer until the breaker tripped, I then turned the timer until it clicked (after a short turning) and the compressor started back on after the breaker was reset.
This leads me to believe that there is a problem with the defrost heater. And I say that because it takes almost 3/4 ofa timer turn for the breaker to trip but only 1/4th or less of sturm for it to restart meaning this happens only during the defrost cycle thus problem with heater. Am I making any sense or this is so out of line that I should stop here and just ask the tech to come and look at the refrigerator.
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May 15th, 2012
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scott d
Muza, this is confusing because the timer should not have any affect on the compressor, except when it advances into the defrost cycle, which shuts everything off except the heater and then when it advances out of defrost approx. 20 - 30 minutes later. This should only happen maybe once a day or every other day. The thermostat is what turns the compressor on and off. If the breaker is tripping when the thermostat is turned on or to a colder setting, it will indicate a problem with the compressor or the starting device on the compressor. If it does cool ok for a few hours, it would lead more to the starting device # 2169337 on the compressor. When replacing the starting device, I also suggest replacing the capacitor # 2169373. I would recommend having a technician check this before replacing these parts. I hope this will help you.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
May 14th, 2012
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After resetting the timer the refrigerator worked well for about 6-8 hrs and then tripped again. If the thermostat is turned to off, only the inside lights turn on. Moving the thermostat dial trips the fuse. However, resetting the timer turns the compressor and adequate cooling for 6-8 hrs before it trips the fuse again. Changing the timer did not resolve the issue. What should I look for now.
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May 14th, 2012
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May 14th, 2012
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scott d
Thank you for your question. I can understand your concern about the breaker tripping, when this fridge tries to start. It could be a weak breaker but the most likely problem will be a hard starting compressor. The compressor could have a short, it could be locked (stuck) or the starting device on the compressor may have failed. It can be difficult to determine between the starting device and the compressor. I would recommend having a technician make this check. I'm listing a site you can access, to have a tech come out. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

. I hope this will help you.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
May 10th, 2012
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Refrigerators are the most important appliance in ours home so when it stats to have problems it can get really frustrating. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, you can set service with a Sears technician. I have attached the link below. Have a nice day!
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May 9th, 2012
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