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Question DetailsAsked on 6/5/2017

My fridge/freezer runs until it meets temp set on controls, then stops and will not run again until contol is reset

Once you mess with temp controls the compressor kicks in and it will work fine until it meets desired temp, then the process restarts. Is this a thermostat problem ? And if so, is that is something I can replace myself ?

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Sure sounds like a problem with one of two things:

1) the door switch - some models inhibit the compressor from kicking on when the door is open - but in that case it would be an intermittent thing when closing the door - sometimes working, sometimes not.

2) as you say, the thermostat module. I can't speak to all models, but the ones I have worked on all had it at the center front of the reefer section, fairly easily accessible with some back twisting. Google for the parts list for yours at Sears Parts or elsewhere and see where it is located and how many pieces have to come off to get at it - in my experience just a plastic cover.

Though of course have it unplugged because you are working in 120V wiring and the light bulb (which I would remove to avoid possibly breaking it). For the ones I have worked on, I would give it (for someone who is electrically home-handy) at about a 3-4 on a 1-10 scale - about the same difficulty as changing out a wall outlet - though more like a 5-6 on the back/muscle soreness scale. (You can tell I am getting on in years when I use that as a job difficulty scale). Commonly just a pull-off connector fitting though I guess some might have a crimped or twist nut connector - soldered connection real unlikely.

Lacking getting it done yourself, Appliance Repair - Large would be your Search the List category to locate a well-rated and reviewed repair tech.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


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Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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