Kenmore Air Diffuser Blowing Non-Stop


Kenmore Air Diffuser Blowing Non-Stop

Author
Message
dan24678
View Quick Profile

Forum Member
Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)

Group: Forum Members
Last Active: 10 Months Ago
Posts: 3, Visits: 17

I own a Kenmore Elite Coldspot model 10651143112. From the moment I bought it, the fridge portion ran too cold and would freeze things on the top shelf if they were placed too close to the air diffuser/air vents. Just recently though it has gotten far worse and now freezes everything placed on any shelves in the fridge.

Here is a view of the air diffuser: https://imgur.com/gallery/8fL6geC

This is what I have been able to determine so far...

There is a loose spring inside the air diffuser. You can't quite see it in the photo but it looks like the spring was supposed to hold closed the vent inside (a portion of that internal vent can be seen in the bottom photo). When the spring came loose, the vent is now stuck open and blowing cold air nearly non-stop. This is just a theory though. I know for a fact there is a loose spring in there and there is a vent that I can push closed with a pencil which opens right back up when I stop pushing down on it. But whether this is the central problem or not, I don't know as I don't have much experience in this area.

I can improve things slightly by covering up most of the vent with duct tape, but even this doesn't fix the problem. Is this safe to do?

I'm hoping someone can help give me directions on next steps. I can't seem to easily access the air diffuser internals to see if I can easily put that spring back where it's supposed to go. It does look like there may be a screw hole in the top left of the air diffuser but I'm not sure what is inside that hole or whether it will permit me to access the area where the spring is loose.

Is the air diffuser even user-repairable? Or should I just pursue replacement of the entire diffuser (assuming that even IS the problem)? Am I able to remove the diffuser cover while leaving it mounted, or do I need to disassemble a lot of stuff (including maybe some stuff in the freezer or back of the fridge) to be able to unmount the diffuser?

(On a much, much less important note, I can't help but notice that in the spot where the air filters go, there is a large amount of space to the left of it where the air will come out without even passing through the filter. Are buying those filters a complete scam then, because half the air doesn't even go through it?)
Admin
View Quick Profile

Supreme Being
Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)

Group: Administrators
Last Active: 4 hours ago
Posts: 2.3K, Visits: 13K
Hello,
You would most likely need to replace the diffuser.. They cannot be repaired and come complete for easy installation

https://www.appliancezone.com/w10572852-whirlpool-refrigerator-air-diffuser/





dan24678
View Quick Profile

Forum Member
Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)

Group: Forum Members
Last Active: 10 Months Ago
Posts: 3, Visits: 17
Thanks for the response. I went ahead and ordered the replacement part. It'll arrive next week and then I'll proceed with trying to install it. Hopefully it'll be relatively straightforward. I do see a bunch of YouTube videos on similar installations, so hopefully my specific model won't differ too much from the vids.
Admin
View Quick Profile

Supreme Being
Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)

Group: Administrators
Last Active: 4 hours ago
Posts: 2.3K, Visits: 13K
Yeah I think this is a pretty straightforward installation so hopefully it takes care of your issue and you are good to go.. Good luck and have a great weekend!





dan24678
View Quick Profile

Forum Member
Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)Forum Member (382 reputation)

Group: Forum Members
Last Active: 10 Months Ago
Posts: 3, Visits: 17
The repair was a success!

Here's some details in case this post shows up in search results for someone looking to do the identical repair (replacing the air diffuser) on a Kenmore Coldspot Elite model 10651143112 

- I actually got the part from Sears Parts Direct but I don't see it listed currently. Maybe I got the last one. I'm sure other compatible air diffusers will be fine though
- This video was very helpful and shows the general idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhm94SbVEuw
- Unlike in the video, there is no need to disconnect anything in the freezer side. The air diffuser is only held on by a single screw on the fridge side
- In order to access the screw hole, it is first necessary to remove the top cover. To do this, the cover must be closed. You can apply pressure to force it to one side (either forward or backward, not sure). This will make it click off the hinges so it can be removed. Alternately, you can do what I did and just use shears to cut away a portion of the cover to access the screw hole. This will be fine since you're replacing the cover along with the air diffuser. You need a nut driver to remove the screw.

As the Admin noted, repairing the existing air diffuser wasn't really possible. Once I got it off, I noticed that in addition to the loose screw, there was a little plastic wheel and a couple random plastic sticks. I'm not sure how they all fit together and, in the end, I'm sure the new diffuser is better and more reliable anyway.

Thanks again for the help!
Admin
View Quick Profile

Supreme Being
Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)Supreme Being (164.3K reputation)

Group: Administrators
Last Active: 4 hours ago
Posts: 2.3K, Visits: 13K
Great thank you for the additional information.. I am sure this will help others down the road.. thanks again!







Reading This Topic