Kenmore makes fridge freezers, fridge only fridges, and mini fridges. All of these function in virtually the same way. When the fan on your Kenmore fridge is not working here is what to try to get it working.
Restart the internal computer on your Kenmore fridge by unplugging it at the wall outlet, and plugging it back in again. Next, ensure the cooling function on your Kenmore fridge is set to on. It gets disabled automatically after a power surge, or an issue with the circuit breaker in your home.
Provided cooling mode is turned on, if you hear your fridge humming and none of the fans are spinning, then an internal component has failed. Either the internal computer, the fan itself, or the wiring that connects the fan to the power supply. After ensuring cooling mode is enabled then it’s best to have a repair technician inspect your fridge to repair it.
Before doing that, in rare cases it can be accidentally in Sabbath mode or showroom mode. When your Kenmore fridge is in either of these two modes, it will not cool the interior of your fridge at all, or only on the Sabbath, which is every Saturday. But, your fridge will turn on and the interior lights and control panel will work as normal.
Refer to your owners manual to see how to disable Sabbath mode and showroom mode. And ensure these aren’t enabled.
Top Reasons Why Kenmore Refrigerator Fan Is Not Working
All fridge freezers have a fan that blows cool air into the freezer and another fan that blows cool air from the freezer into the fridge. Whereas, standalone fridges only have one fan responsible for blowing cool air into the fridge.
In general, cooling mode is turned off, it’s in showroom (demo) mode, Sabbath mode, or an internal component is faulty. After a power outage or power surge many fridge models disable cooling and it needs to be turned back on manually.
It’s very simple to fix some of these issues. Whereas, others require a repair technician, unless you have experience working with electronics. Below, I will cover how to troubleshoot each of the issues that cause the fan on your fridge not to run.
Troubleshooting Kenmore Refrigerator Fan That Does Not Work
1. Cooling mode is turned off
Virtually all fridges have cooling mode that can be turned on and off. If someone in your household has been tinkering with the digital display they may have accidentally disabled cooling mode. On many fridges cooling is turned off when the power is disconnected to your fridge.
This can happen if the fuse at the switch board for your home is triggered due to a power surge. Or, if you moved your fridge to a different part of the house. It’s very easy to check if your cooling mode is on.
There is typically a dedicated button on the LCD display for a fridge. On fridges without an LCD display there is a decent sized switch like a light switch. It’s typically located around the edge or on the interior of your fridge.
If you can’t locate it, refer to your owners manual to see where it’s located. It can be a paper version, or an online version. You can typically download an online version from your fridge manufacturers website.
2. It’s in showroom mode or Sabbath mode
Showroom mode, also called demo mode, is used when a fridge is in a store. It enables all of the functionality of a fridge to work, but does not cool your fridge. And therefore the fan never runs.
It may have been left on by mistake when you brought your fridge. Or, it may have been enabled accidentally. Sabbath mode is closely related.
It stops a fridge from cooling on the Sabbath, which, as you may know, is a Saturday. Refer to your owners manual to see how to enable and disable showroom and Sabbath mode.
3. An internal component is faulty
There are various internal components on a fridge. These include the internal computer, the fan, thermostat, and condensers. These are all closely related, and if one is not working it can cause one of the others to not function.
The fan itself can also be faulty. Unless you have experience working on electronics, or appliances, it’s best to have a repair technician take a look at it.
They can identify what component is faulty, and repair or replace it. The repair or replacement may also be covered under your manufacturer’s warranty.
ReadyToDIY is the owner of this article. This post was published on February 27, 2023.