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I am assuming you want to see how to check if freezer is defrosting. Find the two vents in your freezer and see if air is coming out of one vent and into the other. If you are defrosting the air will be able to be felt on the back of your hand.
The biggest cause of freezers not defrosting is the freezer being overloaded and blocking the vents. If you have over loaded the freezer, the evaporator needs to breath (needs to circulate air) in order to perform properly. You will need to unload your freezer and open the doors and turn unit off until the evaporator is defrosted. If you have a hair dryer you may speed up the defrost by blowing warm air into the freezer evaporator area. Be careful to not leave unattended hair dryer in operation. Two reasons, first the hot air can cause damage to the plastic/painted metal in the casing and secondly, the ice melted can if the air going through the hot air gun draws the water in can cause the hair dryer to short out.
I have seen that if people overload and block air on the freezer side they will also overload the fresh foods side. Refrigerator and freezers work by removing heat using air circulation as the medium for heat removal.
If after doing the above and the unit is still frosting up, check to see if the thermostat is set to low. Typical normal setting for both fresh food side and freezer is a 5. If it is still frosting up and will not defrost, you will probably need and new defrost sensor. Take your model number and serial number to Searspartsdirect.com and find your defrost sensor and change it out. It is located behind the evaporator panel in your freezer section.
Hope this helps

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Check the temperature setting
Assure that there is enough room for air flow in the freezer or freezer
Check for air flow restrictions in vents
Test the temperature control
Clean the condensor coils
Check the door seals
Test the door switch
Test defrost heater
Test defrost timer
Test evaporator fan
Check for a clogged drain tube
Check for refrigerant leak
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Test the temperature control
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Hissing and popping is normal, it is the defrost heater.
Check that the freezer is level
Check the drain pan
Check the condensor fan
Check the evaporator fan
Inspect the compressor mounts
Freezer runs continuously

Defrost the freezer
Clean the condensor coils
Check the door seals
Freezer starts and stops frequently

Clean the condensor coils
Check the outlet voltage
Test the condensor fan
Test the compressor relay
Test the overload protector
Test the compressor motor
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Test the defrost timer
Test the defrost heater
Test the defrost thermostat
Freezer has an unpleasant odor

Remove spoiled food
Clean freezer interior with a solution of h
Clean freezer interior with a solution of hot water and baking soda
Clean the door seals
Remove breaker strips and check for wet insulation
Water on floor outside of freezer

Check the drain pan
If you have an ice-maker, check the water supply hose going into and coming out of the water inlet valve
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Check for a clogged drain tube
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You can fix this, just follow the procedure given to enable get back your refrigerator going,
Check the temperature setting
Assure that there is enough room for air flow in the freezer or freezer
Check for air flow restrictions in vents
Test the temperature control
Clean the condensor coils
Check the door seals
Test the door switch
Test defrost heater
Test defrost timer
Test evaporator fan
Check for a clogged drain tube
Check for refrigerant leak
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Check the temperature setting
Test the temperature control
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Hissing and popping is normal, it is the defrost heater.
Check that the freezer is level
Check the drain pan
Check the condensor fan
Check the evaporator fan
Inspect the compressor mounts
Freezer runs continuously

Defrost the freezer
Clean the condensor coils
Check the door seals
Freezer starts and stops frequently

Clean the condensor coils
Check the outlet voltage
Test the condensor fan
Test the compressor relay
Test the overload protector
Test the compressor motor
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Test the defrost timer
Test the defrost heater
Test the defrost thermostat
Freezer has an unpleasant odor

Remove spoiled food
Clean freezer interior with a solution of h
Clean freezer interior with a solution of hot water and baking soda
Clean the door seals
Remove breaker strips and check for wet insulation
Water on floor outside of freezer

Check the drain pan
If you have an ice-maker, check the water supply hose going into and coming out of the water inlet valve
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Check for a clogged drain tube
If you have an ice-maker, check freezer and ice-maker for level

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Check the temperature setting
Assure that there is enough room for air flow in the freezer or freezer
Check for air flow restrictions in vents
Test the temperature control
Clean the condensor coils
Check the door seals
Test the door switch
Test defrost heater
Test defrost timer
Test evaporator fan
Check for a clogged drain tube
Check for refrigerant leak
Freezer is too cold

Check the temperature setting
Test the temperature control
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Hissing and popping is normal, it is the defrost heater.
Check that the freezer is level
Check the drain pan
Check the condensor fan
Check the evaporator fan
Inspect the compressor mounts
Freezer runs continuously

Defrost the freezer
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Check the door seals
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Clean the condensor coils
Check the outlet voltage
Test the condensor fan
Test the compressor relay
Test the overload protector
Test the compressor motor
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Test the defrost timer
Test the defrost heater
Test the defrost thermostat
Freezer has an unpleasant odor

Remove spoiled food
Clean freezer interior with a solution of h
Clean freezer interior with a solution of hot water and baking soda
Clean the door seals
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Check the drain pan
If you have an ice-maker, check the water supply hose going into and coming out of the water inlet valve
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Test the temperature control
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Check that the freezer is level
Check the drain pan
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Check the temperature setting
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Test the temperature control
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Check that the freezer is level
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Inspect the compressor mounts
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Check the door seals
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Clean the condensor coils
Check the outlet voltage
Test the condensor fan
Test the compressor relay
Test the overload protector
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