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I have a bottom freezer kenmore refrigerator model 596.72253200 and its making a grinding sound coming from the freezer. i found out that when the light its off on the freezer its when the noise starts

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The noise your hearing is the evaporator fan. This is a sign of an automatig defrosting problem. Here is what you can do to prove that it is NOT an evaporator problem and most likely an automatic defrosting problem:

(MANUAL DEFROST)

1 Empty the freezer contents
2. Unplug the refrigerator
3. Place a fan blowing into the freezer section for about 2 hours.
(This will make a dripping water mess so be ready with the rags and the mop.)
4. After 2 hours wipe up the last bit of water mess.
5. Plug in the Freezer
6. Load freezer contents.
7. Listen for grinding noise.

My bet is the grinding noise is gone. However if you still hear it the evaporator fan motor has bad bearings in it.

The evaporator fan motor can be found here: (Item 18)
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Kenmore-Parts/Refrigerator-Parts/Model-59672253200/0582/0161000/M0210209/00006?blt=06&prst=&shdMod=



If the noise is gone keep an eye on the unit after 2 days because if there is an automatic defrosting problem the noise WILL repeat.

The defrost control is item 13 this link: (Backordered)http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Kenmore-Parts/Refrigerator-Parts/Model-59672253200/0582/0161000/M0210209/00003?blt=06&prst=&shdMod=

Part number is: 12566102

I did find it in stock here:
http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/part-detail.php?affiliate_id=seabreeze&item=12566102&brand=WPL


There can be other reasons for not defrosting properly but the control is the most common failure.

Thanks for choosing FixYa.

Kelly

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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The most likely cause is a bad evaperator fan motor. It is mounted in the freezer section. It blows the air up to the ref section. Open the freezer door and listen to see if you hear any fan noise.

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SOURCE: the refrigerator makes a popping sound

sounds like it's your self-defrost working normally as for things freezing,check temps in front and back of refrig and you may be able to raise temp to alleviate condition w/o food in frt end being too warm

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Unplugging for an hour won't allow it to defrost if that is what the problem is.

Look inside the freezer at the back wall. Look for heavy accumulations of ice building on the cooling coil, which is behind the back wall panel. You may have to look in the louvers or past where the evap fan is located.

Once we know if there is heavy frost or ice there, we'll have a better idea how to resolve. Is there any warranty on this refrigerator that you know of, besides the 5 year compressor warranty?

Posted on Dec 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Model# 596-63822200 Bottom Freezer Refrigerator.

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As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

That grinding noise is usually ice build up on the evaporator coils to the point that the evaporator fan blades strike the ice build up. i.e. Possibly an automatic defrosting problem.

Here is what you can do to find out.

1. Unplug the refrigerator
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