Some food items need to be frozen and that is the work of a freezer and not your fridge. So when your fridge begins to freeze food it can be very frustrating, but before you lose your cool, take a deep breath. Because we have the solutions to your problem, this article discusses the problem of Kenwood fridge freezing food and how to solve it.
Kenwood Fridge Freezing Food – What to Check
There are some parts that when faulty can cause your Kenwood fridge to freeze food. We will discuss these possible problem parts; how they work and how to diagnose and replace them.
1. Damper Control Assembly
The damper control assembly houses a small motor called the damper. The damper regulates the amount of cold air that goes into the fridge by closing and opening periodically.
In a case where the damper gets faulty, there is a possibility of it getting stuck open. If this happens, too much cold air will enter the fridge causing it to get too cold.
How to Replace Damper Control Assembly of a Kenwood Fridge
To replace the damper control assembly of your Kenwood fridge, do the following.
i. Switch off the fridge and disconnect it from the power socket.
ii. Open the fridge and take out the first shelf for more workspace.
iii. Locate the damper control assembly; it may be on the ceiling or back of the fridge. Check for screws holding the damper in place and use a Philip screwdriver to remove them.
iv. Remove all wire harness connected to the fridge and the damper assembly.
v. Get the new part; ensure it is compatible with your fridge model. Reconnect all wire harnesses and then screw the damper control assembly back in place.
The thermistor monitors and reads the air temperature of the fridge and sends the readings to the control board. The control board then uses the readings to regulate the evaporator fans and compressor.
A faulty thermistor may get an incorrect reading which will be used to run the evaporator fans and compressor. This may result in the evaporator fans and compressor working overtime.
And the fridge will get colder than necessary. Hence, if your Kenwood fridge keeps freezing food, you need to diagnose the thermistor.
Watch this video for instructions on how to diagnose and replace your thermistor.
3. Control Thermostat
The control thermostat regulates the evaporator fans and compressor by periodically turning them off and on.
If faulty, the control thermostat may cause the evaporator fans and compressor to work continuously. When this happens, the fridge will get too cold and begin to freeze food.
To test your thermostat for fault, do the following:
i. Ensure the compressor is operating.
ii. Turn the temperature from the lowest level to the highest level.
iii. Listen for a click as you do this; the click means that the refrigerant system has gone off.
iv. If you do not hear a click then the control thermostat is most likely bad.
Alternatively, you may use a multimeter to test for continuity, if there is none, then the control thermostat is bad. Either way, you have to replace the defective control thermostat.
How to Replace Kenwood Fridge Control Thermostat
To replace the control thermostat follow these steps:
Step one: To avoid electrocution, disconnect the fridge from the power source.
Step two: Open the fridge; you may decide to take off the top shelf for more workspace.
Step three: Using a Philip screw, remove all screws holding the thermostat panel in place.
Step four: Use your fingers to pry off the temperature dial. There’s a screw underneath, use a plier to remove this screw.
Step five: Remove the panel and unplug all wire harnesses connected to the thermostat.
Step six: Gently pull out the probe of the thermostat. Get the new thermostat and push the probe back into the hole.
Step seven: Reconnect the wire harnesses on the new thermostat.
Step eight: Screw the thermostat panel back on and reattach the temperature dial.
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4. Temperature Control Board and Main Control Board
The temperature control board directs voltage to the refrigerant system. When this part is faulty, it may send continuous voltage to the refrigerant system and cause the fridge to get too cold.
The same can be said for a malfunctioning main control board. The main control board regulates the voltage that is sent to the entire appliance. And so may also cause the refrigerant system to work continuously when faulty.
However, these parts are rarely the problem and can be difficult to diagnose. Therefore, we advise that you try out other parts before considering these two.
In case you suspect that either of these is the cause of the problem then we recommend you get a service technician.