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I emptied my fridge, unplugged it, and went on vacation for 6 weeks. when i returned it would not work. when i plugged it in, the inside light turned on but that's it. eventually, i found an small orange dial (inset so not to be readily seen) on the top of the inside of the fridge that is not well in sight. i managed to turn it w/a screw driver and the fridge came on. but, now it turns off and doesn't work unless i turn that orangeish screw from time to time. suggestions? was a knob once attached to that screw?

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Good day,
If that shaft you turn will only turn clockwise, then it is the timer.
If so, it sounds as iffy the contacts internally are bad.
It's non-repairable, so you will have to remove the top cover, and remove the timer and replace it.
Kenmore is a brand name for Sears. The machine actually can be a G.E., Frigidaire, or Whirlpool. If you choose, you can take the timer to most decent sized appliance parts houses, and they can cross the numbers and provide you with a new one.

If you don't want to shut the machine down that long, take the complete model number of the machine and call Either Sears or an appliance parts house. Popular item, you should have no issue getting a new one.

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