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Kenmore 27 refrigerator flashing "de" on front panel

I have a 1989 refrigerator from Sears, and I think it finally may be on its way out.  Tonight it is flashing de on the front panel---defrost.  BUT what does THAT mean?

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  • Craig Ranch Sep 09, 2008

    Thanks drcool...but what if it's CONTINUALLY flashing. I guess I forgot to add that word! Any ideas? The manual is LONG GONE.

  • Craig Ranch Sep 09, 2008

    It just started flashing the "dE" two days ago...although everything is cold, in both the freezer and fridge. THANKS for the help!!!


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It is defrosting, meaning its a self defrost refrigerator and it would defrost the evaporator coil so that the ice would not build up and block the air passing it.

it normally happens every 8 hours if it is a mechanical timer, or as needed if it is an electronic timer.

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Posted on Sep 08, 2008

  • francis rivero Sep 09, 2008

    how long has it been flashing continuously? as in forever? unless you unplug it?

    normally defrosting takes about 30 - 45 minutes only...if its more than that and the coldness would disappear then that is an error code and not a defrosting code.

    tnx again,


  • francis rivero Sep 10, 2008

    what is the make and model number. i'll try to look around and see if i could help further.

    as long as it is still working ok then that's fine.

    tnx again



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