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Refrigerator warm Hi, Kenmore elite fridge, model # 106.54606300, freezer works fine, fridge however only down to 30s overnight when coolest in the house...otherwise 40s-50s.  air coming in on the top left of the fridge so i think that's fine, only some ice on coils in the freezer and thawed that out this am (minimal).  fans all working.  gotta believe its the defrost heater, timer, and/or thermostat but don't know where to find those or how to determine one or the other.  please help...don't have the money to call someone in to fix right now.

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This particular model has onlya defrost thermo and heater. the defrost timer is actually built into the electronic control.behind the kickplate there should be a tech sheet to aid in r\troubleshooting the unit.all are a little different but youll be able to go into the electronic control andtest the parts indivually. all you reallly need to do is "force a defrost" cycle.
if need be a continuity test can be preformed on the defrost thermostat( clipped onto the the top of the evaqporator coil) as well as the defrost heater which is also located in hte evap section ( its wrapped around the coil(u-shaped element) heater should also have continuity.
defrost thermo IS the MOST common issue with any defrost problem. heres a link to sears.com gives a location as well as part numbers if needed 35is thermo and 33 is the heater

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