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Just bought a used kenmore 253.57398601 it worked at the residence

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just bought a used kenmore 253.57398601 it worked at the residence I bought it from. hooked everything up and it wont cool now. plugged in and running for 4 hours and temp in cold food side is 70F I havent checked temp in freezer. everything seems to be running but the evaporator in the freezer is frozen right at the top.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Appliance Medic replied 2 years ago.
Hi, you have a restriction in the refrigeration lines. That's what happens when the frost builds up on the heat exchanger in the top corner. The entire evaporator should have 1/16 from top to bottom. It's possible compressor oil got in one of the cap lines if it was tilted pretty good. If it was working where you bought it, it sounds like that's whats going on. Sometimes it's fixable by cutting the filter drier out and brazing in a new one. Depending on how far the oil traveled it might not be worth fixing because the sealed system would need to be rebuilt. You could fix it and it may last a week or 10 years. It's possible you would get what's called a floating restriction. Unfortunately you will have to have a CFC technician come out and check it out. You will need special tools and also a freon recovery license to make the repair. We work on the honor system here at Just Answers. Were not credited for our work until you rate our answers positively. After you rate our answers positively the question does not close. You can come back and ask follow up questions for no additional charge. Thank you