Question about Kenmore Elite 22.4 cu. ft. Bottom Freezer Refrigerator with Adjusta Cube Ice Maker
Model: Kenmore 596.72254200 (6yrs, 3mos old) - The problem seems most similar to kenore elite bottom freezer, top fridge stopped cooling, but that solution hasn't helped me. I noticed frost along evaporator at back of freezer, so I performed a manual defrost and it began to work, although I expect the problem to recur. After some online and hands on diagnosis, I believe its either the thermostat (P/N 12001937), the evaporator (P/N 12001919) or timer (P/N ???). Possible, though less likely is the heater (P/N 67001085).
The defrost timer is about 6 inches square and about 2 inches thick. It could be located under the box, in front or back. Some models of Whirlpool and Kenmore locate it behind the cover over the light inside the box. Westinghouse is often inside the cooler compartment, in the top. Some Gibson boxes put it in the back, about chest high. It's often hidden, but every self-defrosting refrigerator has one, except for a few models of Whirlpool and Kenmore with factory-installed ice makers — these models have an icemaker which also has the defrost timer built into it.
The timer will have a stem that protrudes, or may be flush, which you can turn using a large blade screwdriver. Mark the position with a pencil, then turn it until it "clicks." This should start the defrost mode. The defrost mode will continue for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the design. If after 20 minutes, the refrigerator has not restarted, or the timer stem has not moved, the timer is bad.
When replacing the timer, you must use the correct one. There are about a dozen different configurations with even more types of connections. I suggest you order the part by make, model number, and serial number of your refrigerator to make sure you get the right one. Depending on your brand, and where you purchase the part, the price may be from $20 to $40 for this part.
You can test the termostat,just see if the fridge goes on and off..
If it goes off then the defrost heater sould go on.
The best way is to replace both the timer and thermostat...
if a evaporator gives any problems then the fridge wont cool down.
Hope this helps..
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