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Kenmore bottom freezer 795.77304600. Heat from the light bulbs heated the reflector plate and subsequently melted the plastic mounting socket on the control panel cover. I purchased a new cover but I can't figure out how to uninstall the electronics/display subassembly from the existing cover. I don't see any clips or screws and am afraid to pry off the display in case I screw up the whole works. Can you tell me how to get this subassembly out of the old cover and into the new one?

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  • smiceli3 Jul 04, 2010

    My problem has nothing to do with the defrost timer. My Kenmore 795.77304600 control panel is inside the refrigerator at the top and contains the temperature controls for the refrig and the freezer. I bought a new case and am trying to reinstall the lights, reflector, and electronics sub assembly into the new case. The electronics subassembly is on the inside of the case at the front but it attaches somehow to the actual panel on the front (outside) of the case. I can't see how the subassembly is attached to the case, or the front panel and don't know how to get it out. I searched your parts inventory for this refrig and saw the case (which you say is no longer available) but still don't know how to uninstall the electronics subassembly so I can move it to the new case. I do see three small holes (and three square windows) in the front of the new case but am still at a loss as to how to fix this.

  • smiceli3 Jul 05, 2010

    WOW! This information was more than I asked about and put me on to what is apparently a major problem with this appliance. Many thanks for the great advice



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I'm going to send you a link of a discussion of the same problem you're having. Go down the page to spkaro's post. Apparantly, they complained and Sear's is going to make it right. Other's are suing. This is a BIG problem with that appliance, and you can probably get it fixed for free. As for the new cover, it's always hard to tell about how something's assembled, until you get it apart. Look on the new cover for recessed edges that would hold clips, etc. I couldn't find any explanation of how to get it off, but I'm like you- don't force it and create a bigger problem. If you call Sear's Appliance Center, they may be understanding enough to tell you how to get it apart, or hopefully send someone out to do it, free gratis. I'm sure they've delt with this problem before, and know what's going on.
Here's the web blog:
Good luck, and hope this helps!

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    Tom Carson Jul 07, 2010

    You're most welcome, and hope they make it right by you- I clearly think you have some legal grounds concerning the safety of this issue.


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To disassemble the display, you follow the process below, it is as if you are removing the timer.

  1. Unplug the refrigerator.
  2. Locate the defrost timer. The timer should have four metal terminals coming from the bottom of the unit. It is usually situated behind the refrigerator, in the refrigerator's control panel, the freezer compartment toward the front of the cabinet or behind a metal kickplate on the bottom of the refrigerator. Older Kenmore models may have it built into the icemaker.
  3. Remove the defrost timer by taking off the kickplate (if there is one) and removing any screws attaching it to the refrigerator or freezer. Carefully pull the timer out from the wall of the unit so you can disconnect the wiring from the connectors. If removal is difficult, try wiggling the connectors back and forth to help loosen them and pull on them firmly.
  4. Connect the new cover you got for it and Plug the wire connectors into the cover.
  5. Secure with screws, replace cover and plug in refrigerator.
Take care

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    ladipo sarumi Jul 04, 2010

    Sorry, my mistake. Did not actually get the question until you stated it now.

    Since you have a replacement case, take a closer look at the control panel that is in it.

    Then you look at the similarities and how it is placed in the fridge, so you will be able to know how to fix the new case in it.

    Take care



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