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Refrigerator Not Making Ice, Frost in Freezer and Refrigerator Not Cold

I have an older Kenmore side by side Refrigerator/Freezer. Yesterday the ice maker stopped making ice, I noticed a frost/ice build up on the back wall of the freezer and the refrigerator is not very cold. Can anyone help?? I am not the most handy person, so the more explicit help the better. Thanks so much!!

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Re: Refrigerator Not Making Ice, Frost in Freezer and...

It has a defrost problem.  Most likely cause would be the defrost thermostat which clips onto the evaporator behind the back panel in the freezer.  Next most common would be the defrost timer.  Third would be the defrost heater.  Let me know if you want to try to test these parts.  If so I will need the entire model # from the sticker in the fridge or on older models on a plate at the bottom front below the door.

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