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I have the part to replace the defrost, timer on my Kenmore 596.72824200. I just need to know if the repair is in the refrigerator behind the light or if it is in the back of the refrigerator. I am getting conflicting information.

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The sensor is either in the freezer compartment or behind the rear internal cover and the control switch is where the light is .Then you have remove the covers to extract the end of the sensor ,this is where the fun starts and the naughty words begin ,best of british with it anyway from spain ?? The rear panel if its a frostfree model or in the freezer if its a conventional fridge .Honest the amount of people who throw these things away just because the thermostat packs up is criminal ,but with repairman wanting a fortune in call out fees often its cheaper to buy a new one or do it yourself....my hat is off to you

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2) Some refrigerators contain timers that control the self-defrosting heaters. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find the timer, depending on the model of your refrigerator. In most cases, side-by-side refrigerators that have temperature control knobs at the top of the fridge compartment often have the defrost timer located near the thermostat behind the control knobs. It looks like a small, round object with one flat end that has four electrical prongs. It is also often located in the control panel, behind the fridge or behind the foot kick panel at the base of the appliance. Use a flathead screwdriver to advance the timer until you hear a click. This should start the defrost heater. If it doesn't, the timer probably needs to be replaced. Continue to turn it clockwise and a second click will be heard, which turns off the defrost heater. If the timer isn't clicking, simply pull it out and "plug in" a new timer.refrigerators that don't have timers have control panels that control the self-defrosting unit instead. The control panel can sometimes be tested using the controls on the water dispenser or by removing the rear of the front panel to access the controls. A simple press of the button will run several diagnostics that will test your defrost timer, thermostat and heater. The specific instructions vary depending on the model of your Kenmore refrigerator. Consult your owner's manual to run the diagnostics if you have a control panel in your refrigerator.
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_12180665_repair-kenmore-refrigerators-coil-freezing-up.html#ixzz2a25eGLEL

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I have a Kenmore model#363.50242000.Its a side by side, every couple of weeks, the back wall on the freezer side gets a coat of ice and the temp start to increase. I have to manually defrost it overnite to...


Hang in there I just may have the solution. There are 3 major components of your defrost system. Behind that rear wall is your defrost heater and defrost heater part=> WR51X10031
Te most likely problem is the defrost timer=> WR9X489_defrost_control and here is where heater and defrost thermostat are located=> 363.50242000 Freezer Section First you need to look inside your fresh food compartment and Click Here=> Control Panel just behind that panel is a defrost timer see if we can force defrost by using a flathead screwdriver slowly clockwise until the compressor and fans stops then after about a minute defrost will begin and after 25 minutes the timer should turn the refrigerator and fans back on. If not replace timer if yes the come on and still no defrost the we need to go into the freezer and replace the defrost heater and defrost thermostat, please rate this solution, Thanks, Sea Breeze


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Replacing defrost timer,needs manuel


I check there is no free manual for Kenmore, I find. Better follow these steps to replace defrost timer.

Unplug the refrigerator. Locate the defrost timer. The timershould have four metal terminals coming from the bottom of the unit. It isusually situated behind the refrigerator, in the refrigerator's control panel,the freezer compartment toward the front of the cabinet or behind a metal kickplate on the bottom of the refrigerator. Older Kenmore models may have it builtinto the ice maker. Remove the defrost timer by takingoff the kick plate (if there is one) and removing any screws attaching it tothe refrigerator or freezer. Carefully pull the timer out from the wall of theunit so you can disconnect the wiring from the connectors. If removal isdifficult, try wiggling the connectors back and forth to help loosen them andpull on them firmly. Plug the wire connectors into thenew defrost timer and replace the timer in the refrigerator. Secure with screws, replace coverand plug in refrigerator.
Thanks and helpful?

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I have a kenmore side by side refrigerator. the


Hi, Is there ice/frost build up at the rear inside of the freezer?. Your problem is going to be with your defrost system. I will also assume you have the ability to repair this yourself.
This is going to be one of three problems with your refrigerator, 1st thing to do is remove shelf’s and panel in the back of the Freezer. You may see ice build up on the evaporator, don't worry get a hair dryer and melt the ice.
Next locate the wires for the defrost heater and using a multi-meter/ohms meter test the heater for continuity (it should read infinite) if the defrost heater is bad replace it.
This is what a typical defrost heater looks like:
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If the heater is good test the defrost thermostat. This should normally be done when the evaporator is still covered with ice since it will only activate at 40f - 50f depending on the thermostat. When tested with the ohms meter at below 40f it will read infinite. It is normally clipped to the upper right of the evaporator and look something like this:
4462625.jpg The next possible problem could be the defrost timer. If you have tested the heater and thermostat and they have tested good next find the defrost timer, If your refrigerator has a mechanical one it will either be located inside the control panel in the fridge or behind the panel below the doors. Once you have located it advance the dial until you hear a click. This will initiate the defrost cycle. If your heater begins to get hot this will tell you that your timer has stalled and needs to be replaced. A typical mechanical timer looks like this:
f218caf.jpg If your refrigerator has a digital defrost timer you should locate the tech sheet. Normally you can find this behind the panel under the doors. It will tell you how to initiate a manual defrost cycle. As before if the heater gets hot you will have to replace the mother board normally located behind a panel at the rear of your refrigerator.
If your fridge is warm and there is no build up of frost/ice on the back panel inside the freezer then you problem is most likely going to be the evaporator fan, have you heard the fan running in the past few hours? if you are not sure pull the panel out to where you can see fan and watch it over the space of an hour to see if it turns. If you don’t see it turning replace the motor. This is what a typical evaporator fan looks like:
a4183d8.png Hope this helps. If you have any other questions please feel free to comment again. If you decide to get a repair guy in should not cost you any more then $120 - $200 depending on make/model/problem Good luck & thanks for using Fixya! Mike

Nov 20, 2009 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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Need a service/repair manual for a Kenmore refrigerator.


Check to see if the condenser fan at the back underneath near the compressor is running. If no check fan.
Is the evaporator fan in the freezer running. It blows cold air into the fridge side through a damper in the wall between the freezer and fridge. Make sure the damper is open.

Below the evaporator fan is the evaporator coils. Remove the back cover in the freezer to observe the frost pattern. Light frost everywhere(NORMAL) or a partial pattern of ice(LOW ON FREON) or nothing(LOW FREON OR COMPRESSOR PROBLEM).

How to check everything
http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php

If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat

You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.


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Your model TFX20JRBKWWW uses a defrost timer part number WR9X489 located behind the light shield in the fresh foods compartment. (top back area). Just in case you need to know, the defrost heater is a part number WR51X10101 located behind the back wall of the freezer.

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It has a defrost problem.  3 things could be the problem.  1. Defrost thermostat  2. Defrost timer  3.  Defrost heater.  The timer is in the fridge section in the middle of the console behind the controls.  On that console you will see a little hole that will give you access to the timer gear that can be turned clockwise (slowly until it clicks) to put it into defrost.  Take the back panel off in the freezer.  Once you have put it into defrost see if the defrost heater comes on behind that panel in the freezer.  If it comes on then the timer is bad.  If the heater doesn't come on then it is most likely the defrost thermostat which clips onto the evaporator behind the freezer panel.  It's less likely, but it could be the defrost heater itself but it can easily be tested with an ohm meter for resistance.  Any resistance means it's ok.  Let me know if you need further assistance.  Would appreciate a solved rating for expert advice.

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