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Ice builds up on evaporator coils. After chipping off the ice, refrigerator is cold again. This lasts only a few weeks as ice builds up. Eventually, the freezer is cold but the refrigerator is very warmer. Suspecting the evapporator fan needs replacing. Any suggestion is much appreciated.

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  • gsmoua Jul 13, 2009

    No this is not a frost free model. Any other thoughts?

  • gsmoua Jul 13, 2009

    model is kenmore 253. freezer on top - refrigerator on bottom.

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Assuming this was originally a frost-free model, either the defrost cycle timer died or the defrost heating element died. If it's the timer, you might be able to manually start and end a defrost cycle every few days. If it's the heating element, you may be stuck with what you're doing or an expensive repair or buying a new refridgerator.

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