Model #25379882990 KENMORE Top-Mount Refrigerator

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What might be wrong with my Kenmore refrigerator when the compressor runs very hot and it doesn't cool?


From the description you give most likely you have a sealed system or compressor problem.

There are somethings you can listen for. The fan in the freezer must be turning and blowing air to enable the refrigerator to cool properly. The freezer would be cold but not cold enough.

You can also check for any ice build up in the freezer. If there is a defrost problem then the unit will not freeze properly.

Around the compressor you should listen for a click every few minutes. You say the compressor is hot and while the compressor will be quite warm to the touch when running if it is red hot or to hot to touch then most likely the compressor is the problem. If you hear a click every so often then the start relay and overload might be the problem.

I would recommend a technician check this problem. The relay and overload would be an economical repair but if the compressor is bad then replacing the unit might be a better choice than repairing it.

I hope this information is helpful to you but submit another question with any additional details for further assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
January 15, 2010

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