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Kenmore Fridge #596

My refrigerator has a problem between the defrost timer and the compressor i think. i have power at the defrost timer but no power at the evaporator motor fan assembly. the fan in back works fine so i dont believe it is the compressor. Any Suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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  • jg5894 Mar 30, 2008

    thanks for the quick reply. When checking the voltage i have power to 2 of the 4 leads at the defrost timer and power to one of the 2 wires that connect to the evaporator motor.(not including the ground wire) There is one wire that goes from the defrost timer to the evaporator motor that is not working. Do you think the problem is the defrost timer or a bad wire? Thanks

  • jg5894 Mar 30, 2008

    I cant find anything else wrong so i guess tomorrow i will replace the defrost timer and see if that is the problem. If not i will have someone come and take a look at it. They wont have much as far as labor is concerned seeing how i have it taken apart already. Even though i hear the timer working after having the fridge plugged in for 30 min. the dial never moved.

  • jg5894 Mar 31, 2008

    How do i check if it is the defrost thermostat? i think it might be the defrost thermostat. That is connected to the evap motor which was not working. I tested the evap motor and it works on its own. Is it possible that the defrost thermostat would keep the evap fan motor from turning? Thanks for your help dawnn. It is really appreciated.

  • jg5894 Mar 31, 2008

    well i replaced both the timer and thermostat and no luck. If i bypass the thermostat timer the motor works. Any suggestions?

  • jg5894 Apr 01, 2008

    Well problem solved! Not sure if it was the timer or thermostat. In my fridge which is actually an Amana the thermostat needs to be cold for the fan to come on. So after an hour or so of it being on the fan kicked in. Thanks again for your help Dawnn.

  • frost_prob Jun 09, 2008

    Kenmore #596 with freezer on bottom. Have major frost buildup on heater. Have checked that the heater itself has continuity between ends. Defrost thermostat is visible just above the heater and not sure how to check that. Was going to try to replace the thermostat and the heater timer but cannot find the heater timer. I've looked in back, in refrigerator, in freezer. Any ideas on where to find this would be appreciated.

  • patrick183 Oct 03, 2008

    I have the same problem and I am trying to get the light apart to get to the defrost timer and I am having trouble getting it apart? Any tricks?

  • yogachick911 Mar 28, 2009

    For the past 9 months, I have major ice buildup at the back of my freezer (Kenmore #596 bottom-freezer). My freezer is barely freezing anything at all. I manually defrost it about every 10 weeks (what a mess), and then it is ok for a while. Have been fearful to call Sears - I can't even imagine what it will cost. And I can't find out without knowing the diagnosis - of course. I don't trust them!

    Is this an expensive fix? Appox $$$?



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I found the defrost timer for my Kenmore 596.62239200 / freezer on bottom. it was in the top of the refrigerator compartment behind the light bulb console. had to remove the light bulb cover and then there are two visible screws that hold the defrost timer to the light console. the timer is up on top of the console and is not easily seen. ordered parts on

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Replace defrost timer and check door switches and defrost thermostat for open circuit, the ground side is what these circuits are switched by.

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  • CHRIS KLINGER Mar 30, 2008

    the problem is likely to be in the defrost timer, very seldom is it a broken wire, there is something breaking the circuit somewhere. remember to check all of the door switches also. some ge fridges also use the mullion heaters as well to complete this circuit, you can check them with a meter as well for an open circuit. good luck, sometimes these problems can be difficult to locate. if you can't find the open circuit, let me know. there are other alternatives.

  • CHRIS KLINGER Mar 31, 2008

    did you check the defrost thermostat? when cold it should be closed if not it's bad. and the timer should move after 30 minutes regardless.

  • CHRIS KLINGER Apr 01, 2008

    your welcome, yes defrost thermostats need to be cold in order to close the circuit, that's what they do. when they warm up in the defrost cycle they open which causes the heater to disengage.



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