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I Have a kenmore side by side model# 596.51672100. Freezer side is right temperature. Refrigerator side is 60 degrees no matter what I set controls at. Tried manually defrosting both sides and cleaned all areas under and behind unit. Freezer side had large build up of ice on coils before defrosting. This problem happened 2 years ago and manually defrosting solved problem but not this time. Unit is about 9 years old. Thanks

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SOURCE: freezer works ok.refrigerator temp varies from 39 60 deg.

check to see if there is frost in the back of the freezer if so you have a defrost prob..

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SOURCE: Kenmore model 105.53534300 side by side refridgerator not cooling

Relays are located on the left side of the compressor. How long ago did you smell the burning smell? Are you 100% sure the compressor is running? If it is, nothing is wrong with the relays. Although sometimes it is hard to tell if the compressor is running. By morning temps will be higher than tonight if compressor isnt running. If it isnt running, relays must be changed. I will post shortly on how to change the relays.

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SOURCE: Frost build up in the freezer section of my side by side Kenmore

Replace the defrost clock.

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SOURCE: Ice building up in fridge

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.
How to check stuff> check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

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.

Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.

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SOURCE: variance in freezer compartment temperature

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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 heater, defrost thermostat. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control board.

Posted on Sep 04, 2009

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