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Kenmore Fridge Defrost fan wont stop running

Where is the defrost switch located on a kenmore fridge with freezer on top? Model # 10670204990

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Hi, The defrost timer is located in the control panel. There should be 2-4 screws holding the control panel. Remove the screws and lower the panel to see the defrost timer. There are 2 screws holding the defrost timer in the control panel.
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