Question about Kenmore 18.3 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator w/Through-the-Door Water Dispenser

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Refreigerator not cooling and excessive ice build up

Could this possibly be a problem with the defrost timer? I completely
defrosted the freezer and cleened all the coils real good. There is no ice build on the coils behind the panel in the freezer.

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  • david_f_alex Dec 27, 2008

    yes, the fan is running.

  • david_f_alex Dec 27, 2008

    Thanks alot. I'll test it when I get home and hopefully replace it on Monday. Sounds like the defrost timer could be the problem. I appreciate your help.

  • david_f_alex Dec 27, 2008

    Thanks alot. I'll test it when I get home and hopefully replace it on Monday. Sounds like the defrost timer could be the problem. I appreciate your help.

  • david_f_alex Dec 27, 2008

    Thanks alot. I'll test it when I get home and hopefully replace it on Monday. Sounds like the defrost timer could be the problem. I appreciate your help.

  • david_f_alex Dec 27, 2008

    Thanks alot. I'll test it when I get home and hopefully replace it on Monday. Sounds like the defrost timer could be the problem. I appreciate your help.

  • david_f_alex Dec 27, 2008

    Thanks alot. I'll test it when I get home and hopefully replace it on Monday. Sounds like the defrost timer could be the problem. I appreciate your help.

  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2009

    What is the problem with the timer - can they be opened up and properly fixed?

    I will go and look at my daughter's freezer later (Zanussi ZEBF249W). I did see the timer box and a boss on the side wher I presume the screw is. Is it worth trying to open it up? Is the heater reliable?

  • Ken Bledsoe May 11, 2010

    Is the fan running?

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Can you locate the defrost timer? It is usually located in the center 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. Advance till it clicks that is defrost mode. Now wait 30 min. and does it advance till it goes back into cooling? That is how you can test the timer to see if it is advancing. ken

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