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Frost buildup I have a Kenmore side by side refrigerator. I just noticed that there is frost on the back wall of the freezer and the refrigerator, fresh food section, is not as cold as the setting indicates. Ice Maker is fine but I cannot figure out what the problem could be.

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Re: Frost buildup

  It is not defrosting.  You have to remove back wall of freezer where frost is and take hairdryer to melt away frost.  You need to check defrost heater.  This is on bottom of evaporator coils.  It has wires going to it on both sides.  This has to be checked for continuity.  If ok on top of coils is a round unit called a defrost terminator.  This needs to be checked for continuity also.  This must be done before you defrost coils.  It should have continuity when its cold. 
  If these are ok you probably have a bad timer or defrost board. 

Posted on Oct 25, 2007

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