Hi. Seeking your advice. Has anyone had experience w/ the Kenmore/Whirlpool
side by side refrigerator? Ours periodically in hot humid weather stops opening
the door that sends cool air into the refrigerator part. This happened to us
before w/ the same refrigerator--we had it replaced. Before, we went through a
series of repairs before declaring it a lemon.
Has anyone had similar experience and insights?
Any recommendations on other similar type refrigerators that work well?
Yes. It's a known issue in humid areas. According to Sears tech support,
there's nothing that can be done besides running your home's A/C to control
humidity. We get incredulous looks from homeowners when we tell them that.
We've had limited luck with inserting a plastic knife or similar object into
the open damper to provide a minimum level of air circulation. The folks at
the factory (and it isn't just Whirlpool, but Frigidaire, Maytag/Amana, and
GE as well) say their newer, more energy-efficient models do not run long
enough to provide for excess moisture removal and when it is operated in
high-humidity areas, problems associated with humidity (frozen dampers, ice
crystals on air towers and evaporator covers, condensation on the liners)
will show up.
The preceding assumes you have checked to make sure your door gaskets are
sealing and are not torn, the ice dispenser chute door is sealing and is not
torn, your water storage tank is not leaking, you do not have an
overabundance of food with high moisture content that is not sealed, and all
holes in the cabinet (for wiring or for water tubing) are air-tight.
As far as suggestions for other refrigerators, try the Whirlpool-designed
models WITHOUT the automatic damper for the refrigerator. They are less
expensive and have fewer features....but will have a MECHANICAL damper as
opposed to an ELECTRIC one which will freeze. Frigidaire has added a heater
to their dampers and, after having replaced several dozen original designs
with the updated heater-added styles, I haven't seen a repeat failure. But
there are so many other things to fail on a Frigidaire that it doesn't
Sears Refrig Guy
On 24 Aug 2003 20:23:27 GMT, email@example.com (DHogan) wrote:
This may just be coincidence, but my Whirlpool refrig took a dump in
the hot weather. In my case the compressor just fried. It was an old
refrig, so I suppose I should not complain, but this is the first
refrig I have ever owned that just "fried". After this experience I
am not too keen on Whirlpool........
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