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Kenmore 71192100 frost free keeps freezing up

My 6 year old kenmore has started freezing up and I have to manually defrost it. Doesn't do this all the time. Works for 3, 6, 9 weeks then get frosty inside or the drain whole freezes up and water goes into frig. It is real consistant. Appears that sometimes the defrost cycle works other times it doesn't.

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  • kirk829 Jun 08, 2010

    I have the same problem with mine. We have manually defrosted and cleared (melted) the drain tube, but it returns within a week.


    What else to check? - don't understand what you mean about "and the coils at the back".


    Thanks

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Hi. thanks for the question . The first thing i would do is clear the drain tube .that could be why the freezer ices up .too much moisture Clean the drain, And the coils at the back. thanks the appliance doc

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