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Kenmore Refrigerator Model # 253.76824400 Both freezer and main compartments have defrosted The lights work The water supply works There is a ticking sound coming from inside the compartment I think this may be related to the defrost cycle. I looked for a defrost timer but could not find one. I notice there is a defrost thermostat mentioned in the manual. It this possibly the problem? I would like to hear your comments. Derick Monteith c.d.monteith@att.net

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the drain tube is clogged or maybe frozen, remove the restriction and you will have no more problem

Posted on Apr 10, 2008

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SOURCE: Model 78182891 Coldspot with excessive water Collecting in Refrig

Most likely whats happening is you have a frozen drain for the defrost cycle. here are step by step instrutions for repair:

  • Unplug refrigerator
  • unload food from freezer
  • remove icemaker if present (there are 3 screws remove the one on the bottom and loosen the 2 on top of icemaker then lift it off the 2 screws unplug from wiring harness)
  • remove 2 screws holding rear cover in place
  • move cover to the side or remove from unit altogether
  • defrost any and all ice from bottom of freezer and aluminum drain pan that is now exposed
  • flush drain hole that you will see once ice is cleared with warm water. (sometimes I use a large syringe or turkey baster to forcefully flush hot water thru the drain tube)
  • reassemble in reverse order
Post bak if you have any questions and I'll gladly help you out Thanks Peyton

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Model 78182891 Coldspot with excessive water Collecting in Refrig

a plugged or frozen drain is a common problem that occurs from time to time in just about all refrigs so the answer is yes it may occur again in the future. But folllow theses directions and it will probably not occur again for 2-3 years.
 

  • Unplug refrigerator
  • unload food from freezer
  • remove icemaker if present (there are 3 screws remove the one on the bottom and loosen the 2 on top of icemaker then lift it off the 2 screws unplug from wiring harness)
  • remove 2 screws holding rear cover in place
  • move cover to the side or remove from unit altogether
  • defrost any and all ice from bottom of freezer and aluminum drain pan that is now exposed
  • flush drain hole that you will see once ice is cleared with warm water. (sometimes I use a large syringe or turkey baster to forcefully flush hot water thru the drain tube)
  • reassemble in reverse order
Post back if you have any questions and I'll gladly help you out Thanks Peyton

Posted on Mar 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Freezer compartment ice build-up

too defrost just open the doors for a day with the unit unplugged. as far as why it is frosting up check door seals make sure they are all good and seal it up well and that should take care of it.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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