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I have a 20year old kenmore side by side that wasn't

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Hi. I have a 20year old kenmore side by side that wasn't freezing. ice cream more like a milk shake. I've shut it off. Cleaned coils. started up again. it froze water. I added some items and it is cool, but not freezing normally. Strangely, the small containers of water are still frozen.

Contractor's Assistant: Can you guesstimate how old your Kenmore is? And just to clarify, what's the exact model?

59767990

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

Yes

Contractor's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

1999

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Appliance
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Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 6 months ago
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Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 6 months ago

Can you hear a fan running in the freezer section?

Can you see any frost on the back wall inside the freezer?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
to the fan. no to the frost. also, when i unplugged to unit and let sit, there was very little water at bottom. Therefore believe it didn't freeze up the coils.
I didn't take back panel off to inspect the coils.
just went a checked for frost. do see some lite frost on side walls. only noticed when rubbing finger over wall. that seems normal to me???
the fan isn't running now. but think I've heard it before from the outside. not sure i've heard or felt air movement inside freezer.
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 6 months ago

Can you remove the rear panel from inside the freezer to access the evaporator coil?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
not really at the moment. What would I be looking for?
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 6 months ago

Well, the coil will be frosted, either evenly top to bottom or built up so that it will not allow air to pass over it, or you will find it frosted only in one small area. I suspect the latter is what you will find, one small area of frost. If so, that is a sign of low refrigerant level. Let me know what you find.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
i think the fan i've heard is the one pushing air from freezer into frig.
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 6 months ago

So it is either low on refrigerant or that coil is frozen, blocking air flow.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
i think if the coil was frozen, I'd had a bunch of water in bottom of unit when I defrosted it. That make sense?
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Isn't there a fan that circulates air within the freezer?
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 6 months ago

Yes, and you said it was running. That is why I suspect it is low on refrigerant.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I've taken the back cover off. I see consistant frost all over the coils
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
the evaporator fan is running.
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
The frost is not built up. Just a very thin layer.
Appliance Technician: Kelly, Appliance Technician replied 6 months ago

Looking at the control on the left side, is it set very high? If you turn the control all the way to the left (lowest setting), does the air flow increase from the air vent in the upper left corner of the refrigerator?

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