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Freezer is at 38 currently has been climbing all day

Is it normal for the freezer to climb to 38 for a defrost cycle? Or do I have a serious problem. Thanks in advance for your comments

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  • jkdalton55 Jan 04, 2009

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    Well its been about 4 hrs now and we still are not cooling. I pulled the fridge out pulled the plug and back cover to see if the compressor was warm. It was pretty cool so cleaned out some dust and plugged back in after 15 minutes or so and the compressor fired up. It ran for about 30 minutes and shut off again. Freezer temp dropped 2 degrees during the short run. The condenser fan has been running continuous throughout the day. Any thoughts?



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Hi!!! Yes its normal dont panic just relax and have a cold soft drink..Nothing is wrong with your frig..Remember defrost cycle is 15-20-or 30 minutes depending on the frig..Good luck..Its all normal..

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I have. Kenmore comerical referigerator 253.44723100. The coils freeze. Keeps a pretty consistant temp of 43. If I defrost will work for a few days then temp climbs back up.


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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

You should not have to defrost manually. You have a automatic defrost cycle. Every 8-10 hours your unit should shut down for 20-30 minutes, except for the light. This is when your defrost heater turns on. Afterwards, the freezer turns back on.

The defrost heater is on the bottom of your cooling coil behind the back lower wall.
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Part #: 216730700 Cost: $43.00

You also have Refrigerator Bi-metal Defrost Thermostat. Cost $27.00. At times the back of this component will pop out and fail.
25592992-wte2ibsdwpcevewvzivs5fqb-2-2.jpg You also have a defrost mechanical timer. This is located in the lower back behind a metal plate with a slotted hole through it. You can trip the freezer into the defrost mode. Taking a large screw driver turn the stem slowly clockwise one click at a time until the unit shuts down. After 30 minutes repeat this process to turn the unit back on, until you get a new timer.


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Notice the slotted hole on the left.

You may also defrost by unplugging the freezer for 24 hours. Have plenty of old towels handy. Plug the unit back in and after 12 hours you will be back to your desired temperature.

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"Frost free" fridges automatically cycle in and out of defrost mode a couple (or more) times a day. There is no user intervention required. If your frost free fridge is building up frost, there's a good chance that the defrost circuit has developed a problem.

before digging into the defrost circuit: If frost is building up only on a door or door opening - this is an indication of a poor freezer door seal. Once the seal is repaired or replaced, the frost should stop building up. If the frost is throughout the inside the freezer - and the temperature of the fresh food compartment and eventually the freezer is climbing - then it's more involved than a door seal.

Typical problems areas of the defrost circuit are: the defrost terminator or sensor, defrost timer assembly and defrost heating element. While the circulating fan(s) is not part of the defrost circuit - it is usually visible and should be checked when inspecting defrost heaters and terminator components in the freezer. If the fan(s) has failed or is otherwise unable to spin, it should be replaced.

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