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Kenmore Frostless Upright freezer model# 23971. The alarm sounded, all contents in freezer is frozen solid. We turned the alarm off, but the red light continues to blink. How do you reset the alarm and stop the red light from flashing? It has been 3 days now and every time we have check to see if the contents has started to defrost, there is no signs of defrosting, everything inside of the freezer remains frozen solid.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010

  • RICK MAHR Oct 27, 2010

    UPDATE INFORMATION: Another number on the other side of the unit is 2539239716 and it was manufactured 01/1995.

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