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I have a Kenmore Elite model 106.55606400 (side-by-side). Recently (last 2 months or so), the cooler stops working while the freezer works (and makes ice, etc.). If I defrost the unit, then both sides work for about a couple of days, then the cooler side stops working. I tried various temperature settings but that doesn't help. I see ice build up in the rear of the freezer but I don't see any ice forming by the vents connecting the two sides (top or middle/bottom). This is a 2004 model and the fridge has worked without any issues over the last 5+ years. I don't want to pay a ton of $ to only replace it ultimately. Any help/suggestions? I will keep defrosting it in the meantime (which is a pain if you have small kids as I do).

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite Bottom Freezer Mod. #795 75544401

The unit was built bt LG. It is a computer controled unit and the timer is built into the main control board on back of the unit. However, the most likely cause of the broblem is the defrost terminator located on the evap on the upper right hand corner. Also, try unpugging the unit it will reset the computer board. You will also have to defrost the unit.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore Side by Side defrost Issue

well tia i need the model number so i can guide more to wich part is failing but if you want repl the timer and defrost thersmotat you can repl all parts under 200 dollars versus 1500 for a new refrigerator is worth fixing it

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

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SOURCE: side by side refrigerator and freezer not working, (fan not working either)

Hi,
This doesn't sound good does it?

The good news is that the compressor at the back, is probably fine, it's just waiting for the signal to turn on.
First, try adjusting the controls from minimum to maximum to see if you can get any life out of it.
If you have no power to the display, please state this.
If it does function - but not properly, please state this.
If there is no action at all, I suspect there is a fault on the main control board, or the motor run capacitor is faulty. With a faulty capacitor, you may get a 'click' when first turned on, and the compressor will buzz or get warm without actually cooling.

Hopefuly this will help, but please get back with more information.

Thank you.

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

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SOURCE: will not cool proper on fridge side

THIS IS A DEFROST PROBLEM EITHER THE THERMOSTAT OR DEFROST TIMER IS BAD! THE THERMOSTAT IS LOCATED BEHIND THE WALL IN THE FREEZER COMPARTMENT ATTACHED TO THE COILS TO KNOW IF ITS BAD IF WILL HAVE A RAISED SPOT ON THE BACK LIKE ITS BUSTING OPEN CHECK THAT

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Freezer compartment ice build-up

too defrost just open the doors for a day with the unit unplugged. as far as why it is frosting up check door seals make sure they are all good and seal it up well and that should take care of it.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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