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Chest Freezer Wiring

Hi, Mice have destroyed the wiring in the compressor compartment of my freezer. The connection between the temperature control and the compressor relay has been severed. That is easy to repair. Segments of several smaller wires, green with a yellow trace on opposited sides, are missing and I can't trace them. I have come to the conclusion tlhey are ground wires, but I thought I should check before patching them to ground.
Curious, Sears will not supply me with a wiring diagram. Mel

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Hi mel,

green with yellow are ground wires and usually are from compressor to system chassis from your 3 prong plug use the green wire and just find a point on the chassis to pin to if you can get model number you can find on kenmore website

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