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Most defrost timers are located inside the fresh food compartment and behind the control panel. Not knowing your Kenmore's model number really does not tell me if you have a timer or an Adaptive Defrost system or if the defrost is completely controlled by a mother control board. Sears uses a different model number system than everyone else so I would need the model number to tell you exactly what you do have.Older models do have the timers and I think they are easier to work with than the newer brands, But the newer brands save energy because of the electronics.
So explain why you think it's the timer. Are temperatures increasing inside the fresh food compartment and the freezer? Is a layer of frost building up on the rear wall or on the floor of there freezer compartment? I am going to send some photos in a few minutes and try to help you find out what's going on with your refrigerator, Sea Breeze

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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    John Tripp Sep 07, 2009

    OK, Here are some sample locations and number that Sears would use.
    Sample model number for a Kenmore would be KENMORE, Model No. 253.64802400



    E. Cold Control & Defrost Timer/Automatic Defrost

    Control

    These parts can produce a snapping or clicking sound

    When turning the refrigerator on and off. The timer also

    Produces sounds similar to an electric clock. Location E is insid the control panel and shows two choices. A defrost timer or an Adaptive Defrost Control. Please don't forget to rate my solution. I will be here or at the locations below if you need more answers. In the photo below you can find the locations for the model number. If you have more questions or need help feel free to let me know, Thanks, Sea Breeze
    appliancepartsse@yahoo.com

    http://servicepartstec.blogspot.com/

    http://appliancepartsse.blogspot.com


  • John Tripp
    John Tripp Sep 07, 2009

    Wow that was fast I just finished downloading the photos and information. Thank You very Much For The Rate!!

    Sea Breeze

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