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Kenmore Side by side Model #53271... not cold

I thought someone left the freezer door open the other day and everything defrosted, got all the ice off the walls and cleaned the freezer, noticed the fridge side is not getting very cold at all...the freezer is making ice and seems to be fine except that there is frost build-up on the back wall again. Cleaned underneath the fridge as much as I could...please can someone help me figure this out or do I need to call for service?

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  • cindy1916 Jan 07, 2009

    How do I attempt to check for all these problems?

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You have a defrost problem in the freezer,it is one or more of 4 things,freezer fan,defrost timer,defrost bimetal switch or defrost heater,check all until you find your bad part-mike

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  • MIKE major Jan 08, 2009

    you need a volt meter,one by one eliminate each part,the fan is the easyest,is it running? find the defrost timer and put it in defrost,remove freezer wall panel and see if the heater is melting the frost off,if not you have to use the meter on the heater element to see if it is bad,if it is bad replace it, if good move on to the bimetal switch,the round thing clipped on to the coils,if good then it's the defrost timer thats bad,if not replace,let me know how you do-mike

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