Question about Kenmore Refrigerators
I have Kenmore refrigerator 106.41212101. It is side-by-side and frost-free. Now its defrost does not work, there are frost in freezer, and the fridge temperature is higher.
Thanks for providing your model number! If other people would do the same they could get help to solve their refrigerator or other appliance problem. Try turning the timer dial clockwise slowly with a flat head screw driver. The location of the timer in your model refrigerator is located inside the control panel inside the fresh food section. Click HERE to see part location number 6 That is the defrost timer=> 482493 Defrost Timer Sometimes there is a round hole on the outside of the control panel where you can place the screw driver and sometimes that hose is covered by a plastic plug. Anyway try turning the timer slow clockwise until fans and compressor stop. Leave the refrigerator off for up to 35 minutes and if it does not restart on it's own then simply turn the timer again slowly until it does restart. If the refrigerator defrost while you have forced defrost this way and timer will not restart refrigerator again on it's own then replacing the timer will be the correct part to replace. If turning the timer does not help in getting defrost we will need to remove items in the freezer to a safe location so you can see what is happening behind the rear wall of the freezer. Item location 33 in the photo HERE is the 2323197 Defrost Heater Assembly Testing the defrost heater can be explained in the video above. Part location number 35 is the=> 2321799 Defrost Thermostat You can test this part but I always change if I need to remover the rear panel of the freezer. I just think it is a good idea. I am here should you have questions, Thanks Sea Breeze
Posted on Jul 11, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I would look to the condenser where the heat is removed from the refrigeration system for your problem. Check and make sure the condenser fan operates, check the compressor for operation. If the condenser is plugged with dust it will cause the compressor to cycle on its thermal overload protector. Normally in back there is a removable panel to access the condenser and compressor area. make sure you reinstall the cover after you are done. It is critical to proper operation and cooling of the system.
Posted on Jun 01, 2008
remove back cover on evaporator inside frezeer if is full of ice all over then you have a defrost problem and you might have a faulty defrost timer or defrost thermostat repl both so you wont go wrong if the coils are clean and not frost is on coils then check compressor to see if its running just by touching you can find out if it si not running then you have a faulty relay or overload repl and compressor should start.if there is only partial frost then you have a leak or restriction depending when you bought it most refrigerators have a maufactures warranty on compressor for about 5 years call for service on the number on the sticker inside refirgerator
Posted on Oct 14, 2008
We have just had to call out an engineer to get our 1 1/2 year old Hotpoint Graphite Frost Free Fridge Freezer repaired. The fridge had almost entitely stopped cooling even when on high. I was amazed at how easily the problem was sorted. The engineer removed all the basktes from the freezer to access the screws on the inside backpanel of the freezer. Once this panel was removed it was clear that the so called Frost Free doesn't really mean what it says. The ice need to be melted with a bit of simple care. It is obvious that with a bit of care it is easliy a diy job BUT PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND READ THE NEXT PART BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO REMOVE THE ICE> The ice forms around variouys pipes etc and he usecd a screwdriver to help release the ice quicker than waiting for it to defrost and he also used a simple hairdryer to help speed up the process. He had a ntowel and a basin to take care of the water. Next time I would have no problem doing this myself but I would need to leave it a little while to defrost and NOT USE A SCREWDRIVER as I am sure somehow I would puncture a pipe or the wall of the freezer itself and I am quite used to doing the odd bit of DIY. On a difficulkty scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being difficult I would rate the job as about a 3. Hope this helps anyone who reads this about £70.
Posted on Dec 27, 2008
There are 2 or 3 things that would cause this. first make sure the condenser coils are not plugged with dust (vacumn or blow them out) next check to make sure the fan that cools these coils is running, (this is the most likely problem). if both of these check out ok then you would need to check to make sure your interior lights ar going off when the doors are closed as these will add extra heat and cause the center rails to run hot. last and most uncommon would be a freon system problem.
fyi there is a hot gas freon line that runs in between the doors to prevent exterior sweating. when poor or no air flow problems for the condenser coil exist it causes this area to become hotter.
One more thing. if you do determine that the condenser fan motor is bad you can put a normal house fan blowing on to the coil to help cool this area down until you can get the unit repaired.
If you need any further assistance leave me a comment here and I'll gladly get back to you. Thanks Peyton
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
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