A beeping refrigerator is an indication of an open door or high internal temperature. Find out why your Kenmore refrigerator is beeping in this article.
Kenmore Refrigerator Beeping and Not Cooling – Solutions
Check the doors of the refrigerator to be sure they are not even slightly open. Open and shut them properly and the beeping should stop. And if the refrigerator has a reset alarm, press it once if the beeping continues.
If a refrigerator door is open for an extended period, the door alarm begins to sound to alert you. It could also affect the internal temperature, causing a high temp alarm to sound.
Overloading the refrigerator contributes to keeping the doors from closing fully. One or more items may stick out and keep the door a little open.
Therefore, check how full the refrigerator and freezer are, and reduce the contents if necessary. In addition, keep the doors as light as possible. Storing too many things in the door bins weighs them down and may affect the hinges.
If the doors are shut tightly, then check the door seals. Make sure they are sealing tightly and are not dirty. Otherwise, replace them or clean the dirt off with soap and warm water.
Furthermore, take a look at the space around the refrigerator. Create some millimeters of space between the walls of the unit and the external walls if there isn’t enough space.
The refrigerator needs to have proper ventilation is the compressor and condenser coils won’t get overloaded with heat. The rising temperature can cause the beeping.
Additionally, check the leveling of the refrigerator. The beeping may be a result of improper leveling or an uneven floor. Fixing this issue, if it applies, can stop the beeping.
Parts to Check
If none of the above applies, then check the following:
1. Evaporator Coils
Inspect the coils to check for frost buildup. If there is, disconnect the refrigerator from electric power and allow the frost to melt. This may take some hours so if you don’t have the time, use a dryer or steamer to take care of the ice.
Then, check the defrost system if the unit has an automatic defrost system. The coils should not have a heavy accumulation of frost if the system is functional. Find the defective component – defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat, and defrost control board – and replace it.
2. Evaporator Fan
Turn the blades with your hand to determine whether or not there is a fault. If the blades don’t turn freely, or you hear a loud noise from the motor, consider replacing it.
But if the motor does not run at all, run a continuity test on its windings to check for continuity. If there is no continuity, replace the motor.
The refrigerator cannot cool without cold air from the coils or fan. And the rising temperature can cause the beeping you hear.
3. Condenser Fan
Take a look at the blades. There may be an obstruction to their oscillation due to the location of the fan. Clean the blades and turn them. Make sure the shaft is turning well.
If the blades are not stiff, the motor may be in good working condition. But if they are stiff, and the shaft is working well, then the bearings of the motor may be worn. And if this is the case, you need to replace the motor.
To be sure, run a continuity test on the motor using a multimeter. If you find no continuity, replace the motor.
The fan cools both the compressor and condenser coils. If they overheat, the refrigerator will stop cooling.
4. Condenser Coils
Dirt on the coils prevents them from functioning optimally. Clean them with a vacuum cleaner and make sure to maintain the cleaning culture once or twice a year.
They cannot remove heat during the compression process if they are dirty. As a result, the heat transfers to the refrigerator and reduces its cooling capacity. And if the cooling capacity drops, the refrigerator starts alerting you to the temperature change.
5. Temperature Control Thermostat
Listen for an audible click from the thermostat as you turn it from low to high. If you don’t hear it audibly, run a test on the thermostat with a multimeter to check it for continuity. If you don’t get continuity, replace the component.
The thermostat is responsible for directing voltage to the motor of the evaporator fan and the compressor. If the thermostat stops working, the cooling system may not run and the refrigerator may also stop cooling.
6. Start Relay/Capacitor
This component affects the compressor so if the compressor is running, it may not be faulty.
But to be sure, remove it and give it a shake. If the relay rattles, it is faulty and should be replaced. But if it does not, check it for continuity between its terminals using a multimeter. If it does not register any continuity, replace the relay.
The start relay keeps the compressor up and running by providing a power boost. So if it becomes defective, the compressor won’t run smoothly and the refrigerator won’t cool.
The compressor may be failing, thereby affecting the cooling capacity of the refrigerator. The main control board may also be bad. And since it controls the functions of the refrigerator, it is best to check it.
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Kenmore Refrigerator Door Alarm Keeps Beeping – Quick Fix
Make sure nothing is keeping the door open. And ensure it seals tightly. Sometimes, the seal stops working but looks like it is.
Close the door on a dollar bill and see if you can pull it out. If the bill comes out, the seal needs a replacement. It is causing the door to stay open.
Next, check how level the refrigerator is. The user manual has instructions on checking and leveling the refrigerator. If you find that it needs an adjustment, to tilt it back a little, follow the guide to fix it.
Poor leveling can keep the door from shutting properly and staying shut. But proper leveling helps the door to seal tightly.
Finally, check the electronic control board. It may be malfunctioning and affecting the door alarm. If nothing else works, check the board and replace it if necessary.
Note: The door alarm can beep 3 short times in a row and stops before repeating the cycle. Following the solutions takes care of the issue if your Kenmore refrigerator is beeping. Otherwise, contact Kenmore customer service for further assistance.