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Kenmore freezer won't reach freezing temperature

My side-by-side is about 18 year old. It has frozen up once on us about 3 years ago. We defrosted it and haven't looked back, until this week. The freezer wont reach temperature. I turned it off for 24 hours until no more water drained from the back panel, but I did not actually remove the back panel. It seemed to work for a few days, but now it is struggling again. Also, the surfaces where the door seals rest are HOT. This seems to be a new development, or perhaps we never noticed before. I plan to fully defrost again this Friday, but should I be looking for something?

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I agree the defrost terminator or thermistors

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When the compressor gets worn it loses it's ability to cool. 18 years is a long time for a fridge. The last fridge that did this to me, I paid the appliance guy $20 to tell me it was broke (I knew that part). Then he told me it wasn't worth the money to repair it and to buy a new one. Time for a new fridge.

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savey73,
I think I know what is wrong. First the defrost thermostat you are talking about I believe is the round metal type with possibly a pink and an orange wire coming out of it. That is not the defrost thermostat as most people know it. That is a defrost overheat termination thermostat that opens only over 140 degrees F, that is why your old good one and your new good one show closed at room temp. If you read on the outside of the metal cover you will find it has a L140 indicating the limit of 140 deg.
Now to what should be causing your problem. You should find on the evaporator coil at the top left side of the evaporator coil a part that has 2 white wires going into what looks like about a 1" long X 1/4" round plastic thing. That little white plastic thing is a THERMISTOR. If it is bad your defrost will not work. Sounds like that is the only thing you have not replaced. There is no polarization of the wires That should FixYa
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probably the easiest fix for this is install a drain probe to transfer heat from the defrost heater into the drain hole to prevent ice build up. take a peice of 10 or 12 guage solid copper wire and wrap one end around the defrost heater pretty tight and put the other end down in the drain line 2-4 inches.

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Replace your thermostat and will work like new again

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