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My Kenmore 18 CF refrigerator goes into the

My Kenmore 20 CF refrigerator goes into the defrost cycle and does not go back into the cooling cycle. Sometimes it will start the cooling cycle if you shut the refrigerator door hard.

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Your defrost timer is defective. Replace it.
It is located in the control panel near the off/on thermostat.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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I have a Kenmore Elite 795 bottom refrigerator. I keep getting an error code r dh. I cycle the power & it goes away for approx. three days. looking for a proper fix


Defrost problem when the defrost process fails to reach the required temperature to properly de-ice the cooling coils.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/refrigerator-repair/error-codes/kenmore-refrigerator-error-codes-for-795-bottom-freezer-models.html


When you cycle the power you reset the code and it takes a day or so for the unit to cycle the defrost. Suggest that you ensure that the vents are not blocked.

Hope this helps?

Nov 11, 2016 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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Why has my freezer--including the automatic ice maker, on a Kenmore Elite side-by-side fridge, suddenly shut down?


Hello Sherry;
My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.
1.) If the refrigerator shut down for 20-30 minutes:
Your refrigerator goes into a defrost cycle every 8-10 hours. The refrigerator shuts down for 20-30 minutes. At this time, you have a heater under your freezer cooling coils (Evaporator). The heater turns on and melts the frost off your cooling coils. Then the refrigerator turns back on. This is where you get the term; "Frost Free".
2.) If your refrigerator has shut down and is still shut down:
a.) If it shut down going into defrost - Some refrigerators have mechanical/electrical defrost timers that are easy to access and manually bring it out of defrost. Unfortunately, your refrigerator defrost cycle is built into your main control board.
b.) You main control board is bad. This is a primary electrical part. It is not a uncommon failure. The control board is about $85.00 and easily replaced.
I have faith in you Sherry, lets replace it:
1.) The new control board will come in a silver bag. This is a anti-static bag. Static electricity will not the board out. Ground your self by rubbing your hands on a steel object.
Move the refrigerator out to where you can freely stand behind it. Unplug the refrigerator. There is a metal cover plate about 10" x 12" on the back. Remove the screws and lift up. There are tabs on the bottom of this cover. Now, the control board in front of you is held in place by small white retaining pins. On each side of the pin is a small leg. With one hand squeeze these legs and the other hand pull the control board toward you to free the board from the leg. There are several pins around the board. Now that the board is free, take the new board, systematically going around the board one connector at a time. Remove one connector from the old board and connect it to the new board. Repeat this one connector at a time. Each connector at the top has a clip that you must squeeze to disconnect. Make sure on the new board you hear the connector click. Do not pull on the wires. The connectors are fool proof. The connectors are designed to only fit one connection size. Remount the board on the pins. put back cover on and plug in.

Nov 09, 2014 | Kenmore Elite Side By Side Refrigerator -...

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Kenmore refrigerator won't cool


Its defrost problem, the freezer should cool, then freeze, then defrost cycle should start. In your case freezer is cooling, then freezing, but its not defrosting. That's why fridge section is not cooling.-------

Click this link below and follow the troubleshooting:----

http://technoanswers.blogspot.com/2011/06/refrigerator-is-not-cooling-properly.html

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This will help.Thanks.Helpmech/.

Oct 27, 2011 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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I have a kenmore refrigerator model 5533360 the freezer will not cool below 20 degrees.


check the back wall of the freezer. If there is frost on it then your fridge is not defrosting. Either the defrost timer, heater or thermostat. Is the fan in the back of the freezer running? if not then is obstructed, stuck or burned out.

Oct 27, 2010 | Kenmore 55603 Side by Side Refrigerator

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Our Kenmore Pro gets stuck in the defrost cycle. When in defrost the freezer temp reads 43 and the cooler 50. The last time it was stuck I unplugged it and it seemed to reset it. How long should...


Hi,
Defrost should last 15- 30 minutes...
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heatman101

Sep 06, 2010 | Kenmore 60721 Refrigerator

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Kenmore fridge very warm .tried cleaning under also unplugged for 18 hours


Hi,
There are a few reasons why the refrigerator part will not cool...here are a couple of tips that will help you to figure out why the refrigerantor is not cooling...

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Jul 10, 2010 | Kenmore 20.6 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

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Kenmore refrigerator stop cooling but fan working


The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.

If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.


Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.

Apr 06, 2010 | Kenmore 53642 / 53644 Side by Side...

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My freezer cools properly but my refrigerator is not staying cool .its kenmore and bought from sears 2004 $1000. side by side refrigerator


Quick temporary fix - defrost the freezer (inside frezer lower back) it is probably full of frost/ice - this prevents air flow and therefore no air enters fridge side. common failure due to bimetal defrost thermostat failure ($20) - replace this part for a permanent fix - also advisable to swap out the defrost timer at same time

Aug 03, 2009 | Kenmore 55612 / 55614 / 5561 / 655619 Side...

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Kenmore side by side refrigerator not cooling


Check inside back wall of the freezer for frost buildup. It would be a sign that the defrost system is not working and the coil inside the back wall is frozen over stopping air circulation to the refrigerator.
Defrost system has a timer that energizes a heater and a defrost termination switch which shuts off the heaters when the coil is warm enough for all ice to be melted. If you have the frost, locate the defrost timer and turn the clutch head screw clockwise SLOWLY until you hear one audible click, the compressor will shut off and the system will be in defrost. After 18-22 minutes the refrigerator should restart automatically. If it does not restart after 25 Minutes turn the timer screw again to the second click. Refrigerator will then start. Replace the timer.

If it restarts after the 18-22 minutes and does not defrost ether the heater or defrost thermostat is bad.

Jun 27, 2008 | Kenmore 55612 / 55614 / 5561 / 655619 Side...

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Kenmore Elite 596.755


If you have frost on the back wall of the freezer section you do have a defrost problem. If there is no frost your compressor may be the problem. Check and clean the condenser in back behind a removable panel. reinstall the panel after cleaning. If you hear a hum and a click in back of the refrigerator the compressor has malfunctioned.

If the problem is in the defrost locate the timer, usually mounted near controls for temperature. A hole in that area will give access to the screw to turn the timer into defrost. It is a clutch head screw and can only be turned in a clockwise direction. Turn it SLOWLY until you hear one click. The system will be in the defrost mode. If after 30 minutes the system fails to return to the cooling mode turn the screw a little further until you hear a second click (replace timer). The system will restart in cooling. If it restarts after 18-22 minutes and defrost does not happen you problem is in the defrost heater circuit (Call for service).

Jun 01, 2008 | Kenmore 73502 / 73504 / 73509 Bottom...

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