Question about Kenmore Refrigerators

Open Question

Kenmore refrigerator I need to replace control board! How do i do it my self/

Posted by on

5 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 56 Answers

SOURCE: Replaced control board Kitchenaid KBFA25erss refrigerator

should be on the serial plate

Posted on Jul 03, 2009

  • 4059 Answers

SOURCE: How do I remove the

Remove the dispenser cover by gently prying starting at the bottom going round and round a little at a time to prevent from breaking it. When it's off the screws will be exposed to access the other components.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010

Sea Breeze
  • 4654 Answers

SOURCE: I have sears Kenmore refrigerator Model

If the part number you are replacing is the=> Defrost Control Board 5303918476 it should come with a wire crossover adaptor set. Sea Breeze

Posted on Sep 23, 2013

Testimonial: "Thank you very much John Tripp"

  • 744 Answers

SOURCE: Where is the main electronic control board located in a Kenmore Elite Model #596.76253702 ?

Hello Mike;

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


Your defrost problem may be your control board but, that is not where I would start.

In answer to your question, your control board is in the top front of your freezer section. When changing the control board ground yourself by rubbing your hands on something steel. Static electricity will knock a control board out.
Part number 12784415 - $120.00

More likely your problem is your defrost heater. You check your defrost heater with a multi-meter. Set the meter to the lowest Ohm setting. Place one meter lead on one end of the heater connector and the other lead on the other end of the heater connector. If the meter reads '0' or OL or infinity the heater is bad. It should read something like 35 or greater Ohms.
Part number 12729128 - $47.00

When changing you defrost heater it is common practice to also change the Bi-metl-def.
Part number W10165425 - $26.00

Both of these components are located behind the back freezer wall.

This is a major task to change these components. Bottom freezers are not service friendly.

1.) Completely empty the freezer (Unplugged).
2.) Take off the freezer front door.
3.) Remove the ice maker assembly.
4.) With a screw driver pop off the thermostat cover plate in the back upper right.
5.) Unscrew the back cover.
6.) Remove the center air vent. This is held in with plastic tabs. with a screw driver pop up the center tab and the side tabs.
7.) Pull the back cover out. You will need to flex the cover to clear the side rails.

Unless you are really good with basic electrical and hand tools, I do not suggest you attempt this repair.

A local service company will charge you about $400.00 or more.

Posted on Dec 02, 2014

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Model 596.66952401 I need too order a timer for my fridge where is it located so i can replace it?

Your model has the timer built into the main control board. See item location 5 in photo=> HERE
Part number=> Main Control Board WPW10503278

Mar 08, 2016 | Kenmore Refrigerators

1 Answer

How do i reset a kenmore elite fridge after installing a new control board?

I wouldn't think that it needs resetting?? Is the fridge not working at all now? Have a close look at the old board and the new one. Some manufacturers leave little "jumper" plugs off new boards and you have to take them off the old board and transfer them to the new one. Look very closely... They are hard to see sometimes.

Dec 24, 2014 | Kenmore Elite 78722 78729 Bottom Freezer...

1 Answer

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 -...

1 Answer

Kenmore refrigerater cold on top, warm below. all froze up. defrosted it now it will not run

Your symptoms indicate a failure in the self defrost system. Likely culprit is the printed circuit board that controls most functions of the refrigerator.

May 21, 2014 | Kenmore Refrigerators

1 Answer

Kenmore model 795.71306 refrigerator is displaying an ER FF code on the frigerator temperature control

This error code Er FF indicates a problem with the main control board. When the power cord is disconnected for 30 seconds and then reconnected, it resets the board. Sometimes this procedure corrects the problem and sometimes it does, for only a short period of time. Usually in this case, the main board will need to be replaced.
Here is the board to order.

Dec 03, 2012 | Kenmore 24.8 cu. ft. TRIO Bottom Freezer...

1 Answer

Kenmore 59675232402 controller board is bad

Yes, you can repair this problem yourself and you can save a ton of money by replacing this part your self. The most expensive thing is labor on anything especially on an appliance or a vehicle. We are KitchenAid factory parts suppliers and if you will contact us, we will get your part out to you right away! We look forward to working with you and here is our contact information:

Nov 05, 2009 | KitchenAid (KSRD22FKST) Side by Side...

1 Answer

Self defrosting not defrosting not cold in bottom of frig has top freezer

How to checkeverything
check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. Inmost 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 clicksand everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replacethe timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn thetimer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

Sep 06, 2009 | Kenmore 20.6 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

1 Answer

Kenmore Fridge- all lights blinking

sorry to say this but the mother board has took a hit replace this and all will be well

Dec 31, 2007 | Kenmore 53642 / 53644 Side by Side...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Refrigerators Logo

Related Topics:

18 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kenmore Refrigerators Experts

Sal DeAngelo

Level 3 Expert

2122 Answers


Level 2 Expert

239 Answers


Level 3 Expert

2461 Answers

Are you a Kenmore Refrigerator Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides