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Refrigerator is somewhat cold as is the freezer side but the freezer side is not generating freezing temperatures. Same temperature btw the refrigerator & freezer. Model 596.50392001. Any suggestions?

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  • bmowrer1774 Jun 27, 2009

    Thanks for the recommendation. Before trying your recommendation, I removed the lower panel inside the freezer, exposing the fan, cooling coil & evaporator. There was no frost on the cooling coils and the cools were not cold. Then I manually advanced the defrost timer, as you suggested, until the defrost cycle started. I confirmed that the defrost cycle began by confirming the heating element below the coils was hot. After ~ 30 minutes, the defrost cycle ended and the compressor restarted. The freezer took >12hrs to return 32F and the refrigerator returned to a cold temperaure (~40F). However, the next morning, the freezer chamber had returned to temperatures in the upper 40s again, resulting in a similar temperature in the refrigerator. I'm not sure if the freezer is entering into a defrost cycle too frequently (how often should the freezer defrost??) or is there an issue with compresser? Could it be the defrost timer is forcing too frequent a defrost?

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Your refrigerator has a defrost timer located near the floor and behind the kick plate. Remove the kick plate grill and turn the timer slowly clockwise until refrigerator compressor stops running. Leave it there for about 30 minutes or until refrigerator restarts. During this time the refrigerator should be in the defrost cycle. Open the freezer and you will possibly hear a crackling noise or the noise of water sizzling as it drips from the evaporator to the defrost heater. If your refrigerator does not restart after this time then turn the timer again slowly until the compressor restarts. If you do this then the timer will need replaced If no defrost takes place during this time then we need to move to the rear of the freezer and unplug the refrigerator and do some test on the defrost heater. Let me know how this worked out for you. The part number for your defrost timer is 10530703
Thanks, Sea Breeze

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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    John Tripp Jun 24, 2009

    Here is a photo of part number R0131577 Defrost Timer same part as 10530703

  • John Tripp
    John Tripp Jun 27, 2009

    Until we change the defrost timer I don't believe you will get true functions with your refrigerator. Until replaced I would advance it to get the refrigerator going. It has too many contacts that could give us false readings and a misdiagnosis. It will stop and start and stick on defrost. Replace it and we need to go from there. The part number for the Defrost Timer
    P/N: R0131577 on my site http://servicepartstec.blogspot.com/


    cost less. Sea Breeze

  • John Tripp
    John Tripp Jun 28, 2009

    I have not heard back from you in a while. Yes there could be an issue withe the start relay on the compressor.

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