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Fridge is warm freezer is cold

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Hello Abo Karin,

You are likely experiencing a DEFROST failure
(most commonly a defrost PCB failure)...
part number 67006740 item 5 on your exploded
case view (top center as viewed from the front).

There are typically only three (3) elements to a DEFROST
power control circuit:
- Defrost Printed Circuit Board ( PCB as noted above)

- Heater element to WARM the EVAPORATOR

- DEFROST thermostat... inhibit excess heat
(closed circuit at freezing - Opens at room temperature)

Check your defrost pan...
there should be water there DAILY...

IF not: you are assured that your DEFROST fails.

Per your DESCRIPTION...
You need to look for a SUDDEN REASON (huge air leak)
why FROST would form so quickly...
USUALLY a big pizza box... BUT ANYTHING blocking a
TIGHT DOOR SEAL will cause massive frosting.

It is taking moisture from the WARM ROOM AIR and blocking your evaporator...

a PROPERLY functioning defrost circuit would remove that frost
at least DAILY... and the EVAPORATOR fan would properly chill the refrigerated side blowing cold air from the FREEZER.

Yes ... all INTERIOR panels must be in place for the refrigerator to function properly.

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Hello Abo,

Your fridge is warm because the freezer is icing up... which restricts cold air flow to the refrigerator compartment.

Your Kenmore's defrost cycle is malfunctioning. You can temporarily restore the fridge by unplugging it and with the freezer compartment door blocked open, defrost it manually by letting it sit for 24 -48 hours. They are well insulated and your "cooling coil" compartment is a solid block of ice...so it takes time for it all to melt.

Your part failure could be a defrost timer, the defrost element or the freezer thermostat.

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