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My refrigerator started making a beeping noise. 10644423600 Kenmore Elite Side by side refrigerator

Sometimes it is intermittent and sometimes steady.

Posted August 13, 2013

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Linda B, August 13, 2013

Thank you for contacting SearsPartsDirect.com with your question about your Kenmore Elite Refrigerator. I am so sorry to hear is it making a beeping noise.  Besides being annoying, the beeping indicates something isn't working right. I can understand wanting to get that diagnosed and fixed. I will be happy to help you with this.

The beeping may mean one of the door switches is starting to fail. It could also mean one of the door gaskets isn't making an air tight seal when the door is closed. To see if one of these issues is the problem, I suggest the next time the refrigerator is beeping, try pressing on the doors, one at a time, and see if that stops the beeps.
If it does, then you will know which door has an issue.

Next, try running your hand along the outer edge of the closed door. If you feel cold air escaping the gasket needs to be replaced. I have included the links to order the door gaskets in case you identify one of them as the problem.

In Black  

Refrigerator Door Gasket for Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Model 10644423600.
Freezer Door Gasket for Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Model 10644423600.

In Mist Beige

Refrigerator Door Gasket for Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Model 10644423600.
Freezer Door Gasket for Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Model 10644423600.

If the gaskets are okay, then I recommend testing the door switches. I will be happy to outline how to test the switches for you.

SAFETY WARNING: Before starting this procedure, be sure to disconnect the power supply to the refrigerator to avoid injury from electrical shock.

There are two clips on the side of the switch that hold it in place. You will need to push them against the side of the switch to get the part out. Use a putty knife to gently pry the switch out of the refrigerator wall. Be sure not to break the clips off. Do not pull the switch out too far as there are wires attached to it that need to be disconnected. Before you unhook the wires make note of how they are connected to make it easier to reconnect the wiring later. I recommend you use needle-nose pliers to disconnect the wires at the terminals on the switch. Pulling on the wires themselves could break them. Check the wires and connectors for damage and corrosion and replace if necessary.

You will be able to test the switches themselves with a multi-tester. Set it to read ohms following the directions that came with the meter. Touch one probe from the meter to one terminal on the switch. Continue until each terminal has a probe touching it. The meter should have a zero reading. With the probes still touching the terminals, press the door plunger in. (This may take two people.) The meter should read infinity. If the switch fails either test (plunger out - zero reading, plunger in - infinity reading), the switch needs to be replaced. I have included the links to order the door switches also.

Refrigerator Door Switch for Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Model 10644423600.
Freezer Door Switch for Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Model 10644423600.

If you need to order parts, it is also a good time to get a spare water filter to keep on hand. I have included that link for you also.

Water Filter for Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Model 10644423600.

If this does not resolve the issue, please respond to this thread and I will be happy to research the problem further for you. Of course, if you are not comfortable completing the tests and repair yourself, you can have a Sears technician complete it for you. To set up service please go to www.SearsHomeServices.com or call 1-800-469-4663. I hope this answers your questions. If I can be of further assistance please respond to this thread. Thank you for choosing Sears, we appreciate your business.

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