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I have a Kenmore model#10648062890 bought in canada, frost is building up through out fridge and freezer

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    The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back
    wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10
    hours for around 20 minutes the
    defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic
    adaptive defrost control) will turn the
    defrost heater on to
    melt the built up ice. There is a
    defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from
    overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches
    close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost
    cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.






    If this ice is not melted it will continue to
    build up until the air can’t flow over the coil to circulate the cold air
    through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge
    is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.






    If the defrost thermostat is bad it can prevent the heater from
    coming on OR it won’t turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped
    to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be
    misshapen it is bad.



    With an ohm meter it should show continuity when
    cold and none when warm.



    You can also bypass the thermostat to see if the
    heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs
    replaced.






    The defrost heater is
    located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also
    go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if
    it’s bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when
    disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for
    voltage when it’s in the defrost mode.






    If
    you have a
    defrost
    timer
    you
    can test it. It is located in the fridge with the controls at the top.
    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 because that
    means the timer is not running. 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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