Kenmore Top Freezer Refrigerator - Answered Questions & Fixed issues

Sounds like one or more of you defrost coils behind the back wall have gone bad...

You have to purchase the correct coil set for that model, remove the back wall, replace them and put the back cover back in place after emptying the entire contents of the freezer...

Most non HVAC people would prefer a repairman to do it.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Mar 23, 2015 | 120 views


This could be either the ice maker is old and the finish inside has depleted, the water valve is going bad or you had a jammed ice cube and now it overfilled. Many different reason this could happen. Does the ice cubes stick together with a bridge? Is the drip coming from the ice maker head unit? How is the ice in the pan its stored in, stuck together? In the pan, has the ice glaciered together? Need more information please. Thanks

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Aug 09, 2014 | 105 views

defrost and clean the entire fridge/freezer and clean out the grill and all the back and bottom under the fridge...with a vacuum..alot of times the fins in the back become coated in dust and cannot effectively cool the appliance..worth a try

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Jan 08, 2014 | 96 views

No vacuum just magnets in the seals, clean the seals & cabinet, might just be dust & dirt.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Dec 02, 2013 | 74 views

Check to see if the tiny captube near the filter drier is kinked. This sometimes happens when somebody moves the unit or cleans it. If that is ok then you need to see if the low side freon pressure is 5PSI

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Sep 19, 2013 | 51 views

I found a solution in another question for a different fridge. I believe the solenoid that opens and closes the trap door for the ice is not functioning, causing the ice to either always crush or stay cubed, depending on the orientation of the metal rod that runs along the bottom of the ice bucket. Pull out the bucket and slightly twist this metal rod in the opposite direction, reinsert the bucket, and you should now have the opposite of what you had before (crushed vs cubed, vice versa). The solenoid should rotate this rod for you, but if it's busted then that doesn't happen. If you always use one type of ice, you'll be fine, but if you want to choose between crushed/cubed, you'll probably need to replace this solenoid.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Jul 09, 2013 | 44 views

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Feb 28, 2013 | 469 views

Sounds like a weak breaker. I would start by replacing the breaker.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Dec 09, 2012 | 48 views

OK, you will need to replace the "control module" on the front of the ice maker. Here is the part to order.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Nov 27, 2012 | 106 views

Is the water coming in from the ice maker water line dripping into the unit or from somewhere else?

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Nov 16, 2012 | 296 views

Refrigerant leak. Check for leak ans re-gas.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Sep 28, 2012 | 43 views

Some ge fridges have a control board on back that works fan. Also some go through the bi-metal on the defrost, but that's mainly older side by sides and bottom mounts

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Sep 08, 2012 | 94 views

seal on door must be letting moisture into compartment, need new door seal

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Aug 21, 2012 | 322 views

The first thing you want to do is open the freezer and see if the fan inside there is running. The reason is the freezer cools the refrigerator side by circulating air from the freezer. If the fan is running then your problem is one or more parts of the defrost system is malfunctioned and in return your problem arises. There are three parts to the system, the defrost timer or in some cases control board, defrost thermostat also known as a bi-metal, and the defrost heater. The defrost system is set up to operate as so. The defrost timer or control board will turn the machine off, in some cases every 8 hours, some 12. During this time period the defrost heaters, located behind the freezer wall and rest underneath the evaporator, yet wires to them run up the side of it, are energized and emit heat that raises upward to melt the ice that has formed on the evaporator coils. The bi-metal or defrost thermostat is at the top of the evaporator. When the heat from the heater starts to reach the bi-metal, it breaks the circuit turning the heater off. The whole purpose of this is because the freezer cool the refridgerator side by drawing air across the coils and blowing to the other side via the evap fan motor. In my opinion, if you change one part of the defrost system change them all because usually when one part fails another will follow, so save yourself the time and the food loss, the cost difference is minute.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Jun 05, 2012 | 65 views

Just sounds like the sound of the fan circulating the air inside the freezer compartment.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on May 21, 2012 | 54 views

Capacitor if capacitor start, sticky relay or faulty compressor if not.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on May 19, 2012 | 99 views

Note that the temperature in the freezer must be below 10 degrees F for the icemaker to cycle. The icemaker line is the smaller line (1/4") located in the back of the machine that runs from the valve to the filll tube. To test the valve and icemaker you have to manually advance the ice maker and wait for it to call for water with the 1/4" line disconnected from the valve. You can do this by getting a jumper wire, removing the cover of icemaker, which you jsut grab and pull off, and using the jumper wire insert one end of the wire into the cirle marked "M" and the other in the cicle marked "N". Leave there until you hear a click and sometimes see a little spark behind the modular head wheel. Also if you see ice in the maker that hasn't dumper and the teeth of the icemaker are facing any direction other than two o clock position, the icemaker is bad. Before doing any of the above though check the fill tube to be sure the no ice is blocking water from coming in.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on May 12, 2012 | 59 views

hi, if you can access rear of freezer temporarily unplug for safety then feel the black grill on rear is this also warm? and the compressor at bottom (smallish round/oval cannister) of freezer is this also warm? if so then it probably needs re-gassing, a qualified engineer is required for this, phone around for best price as the range in cost is immense, some can charge 40-80 pounds where some wil ask for twice that ammount.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on May 06, 2012 | 51 views

you now have a defrost issue,remove rear panel inside freezer if the evaporator is covered with a heavy ice and frost build-up then either the defrost heater under the evaporator coil is open or the defrost thermostat on top of the coil is bad you need to check both for continuity or the defrost timer if equipped or the A.D.C. adaptive defrost control is bad and not supplying power to the defrost circuit

Kenmore Top... | Answered on May 03, 2012 | 100 views

Pop out the front cover, tighten screws, push cover back on.

Kenmore Top... | Answered on Apr 24, 2012 | 34 views

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