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Have been told the solenoid is burnt out and can't be replaced. Freezer working but not fridge

I have a Kelvinator 380 and just had an expert come out. He told me the solinoid was burnt out and they are no longer available. Freezer wors but he doesn't defrost. The fridge itself is not cooling. You you know of a solution or do I throw this great old fridge away? Les.

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Hi, if the defrost module isn't functioning, this can be the issue concerning the failed defrosting issue.

Concerning the cooling issue, this normally is caused by a failed compressor unit or a blown evaporator/condenser fan. you may need to recharge the compressor as well if the compressor isn't running in a constant cycle. I could help in a more efficient manner if you would please relay the complete model number if possible.

And, i would like to know what solenoid this tech was referring to as well.


Posted on Apr 23, 2009

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Apr 23, 2009

    Model Number Locator Tips

    1. A zero in the model number might be the letter O.

    2. A lower case L might be a 1.

    3. Some models have 3 digits and a period first, like this 555.66666666

    Look for an aluminum tag--or a silver and white adhesive label in the locations illustrated below.
    The model number may be printed or stamped onto the tag and may be printed in different
    type sizes. NOTE: There may be partial model numbers on marketing stickers or in the owner's
    manual. These are often incomplete. For best results use the model number from the tag.


    This should help with finding the complete model number.


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