Out of all the Kenmore appliances you could own, the fridge is probably the most important. Washing machines and ovens are certainly convenient, but you can always wash and dry clothes by hand or eat a raw food diet. Preserving your family’s food without a fridge, on the other hand, is much harder to pull off.
Kenmore appliances are of high quality and built to last, but they do eventually wear down; if your fridge is malfunctioning, give our team a call! Quick Fix technicians are highly experienced with Kenmore appliances, and can provide same-day service that is fully licensed, certified, and warrantied.
Many fridges and freezers stop working when their compressor malfunctions. If this is the case, you should contact a Quick Fix technician to repair or replace the part.
The first thing you should do is check whether the evaporator fan motor in the freezer section is running. You should also verify that the condenser fan motor is active. These two can both be running, but your fridge will not cool unless the compressor is running properly.
For a closer look, or to access the internal hardware for a DIY repair, remove the back cover panel located at the bottom of your fridge’s backside. It’s generally a good idea to check whether the compressor is getting power, which can be done using a handheld voltmeter or “amp clamp.” A healthy compressor should be pulling between 1.2-1.6 amps when in use; if you notice readings upwards of 4 amps, then there is likely damage to your compressor, and it may need to be replaced.
Let’s assume that the compressor is not running. When it’s time to tuck into the repair, the first thing you’ll need to do is unplug the unit, or cut any power to the appliance by flipping a breaker off.
Next, remove the clip holding the compressor components in place. Once the clip has been set aside, the components should come off easily. One quick and effective way to check whether your compressor component is damaged is to give it a little shake. If you hear any rattling, your compressor component is likely damaged. You will probably have to replace the relay.
Though a relay replacement is as easy as clipping it in place, aligning the terminals, and reinstalling the clip, we recommend that you call in Quick Fix Kenmore appliance experts instead. This way, you can save yourself the hassle and expense of any repair accidents that could damage your unit.