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Freezer coils keep freezing up

I think my defrost system is broke, I used to hear it defrost every few days, now I dont hear it at all and I always notice my coils are frozen. How do I start fixing it?

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  • leonardmp92 Dec 27, 2008

    Thanks Ken. Where do you think the defrost timer and thermostat is located?

    Should I assume that I have a manual defrost timer? I have Kenmore refrig, model 106-5666*502...I dont even know if that model number is correct, cant find anything w/ that model number online.

  • leonardmp92 Dec 27, 2008

    How do I get to it?

    I have heard that some timers are not manual, but on the "motherboard", could mine be one? Frig is about 3 yrs old.

  • leonardmp92 Dec 27, 2008

    OK, will take a look at that and get back w/ you. I looked for parts on a website and didnt see any defrost timers on the parts list...thinking it's something on the motherboard.



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Start by opening the freezer door and listen for a fan blowing. As long as the compressor is running the inside fan should be running. If it is running go to next item. If it isn't running that is the problem. Need to replace the inside fan.

Next step locate the defrost timer usually in the same housing that the thermostat is. Now look for a screw driver recessed area that would allow a flat screw driver to turn or advance the timer. It only turns one way so be carefull. Advance the timer till you hear a click that should be defrost. Now wait approx. 30 minutes and see if the timer has advanced on it's own. Should be out of defrost and back in cooling cycle. let me know what you find out on these two solutions. ken

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

  • Ken Bledsoe Dec 27, 2008

    It is usually located in the center top right next to the t-stat looks like
    a plastic housing. There is a flat blade screw driver recessed area
    that advances the timer. It only turns one way so if it don't go one
    way it will go the other real easy. No the timer is automatic and they do go bad. It's like a clock and goes into defrost every 12 hours for about 30 min.

  • Ken Bledsoe Dec 27, 2008

    Do you see a plastic housing where you adjust the temperature setting. And with a unit only 3 years old more then likely you are right everything is controlled by circuit board (mother board)



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