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Kenmore 596.72913200 Refrigerator is Warm, but Freezer is Cold

I have a Kenmore refrigerator, model # 596.72913200. The top is the refrigerator and the bottom is the freezer.
Last night the refrigerator started warming up but the freezer is still cold.

The AC Evaporator Fan Motor seems to be running fine, I'm wondering if it might be the Defrost Timer.

Can you please provide step-by-step instructions to determine if its the AC Evaporator Fan Motor or the Defrost Timer.

How can I test these components to see if they are working properly.

What else should I check to determine the problem?


Thanks in Advance,


Lucy

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There should be a push in switch on the door frame that you can push to see if the evaporator fan is functioning. You will be able to hear it when you push in on the switch.

If your problem is defrost related you will see frost buildup on the back wall of the freezer . If it is defrost related it will be ether the timer, heater, or defrost thermostat that is your problem. If it is the timer, locate where the timer is. Sometimes located in the area of the temperature controls with a hole through which you can turn a clutch head screw clockwise very SLOWLY until you hear one audible click. This will start the defrost. if after 30 minutes it defrosts but does not start cooling again turn the screw just a little further and you will hear another click. The compressor should start. If this is you conditions the timer needs to be replaced. If it fails to defrost and restarts to cooling mode after 18-22 minutes the problem is in the defrost heater circuit.

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