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Problem I have a kenmore comercial upright freezer. It stopped working yesterday. It makes niose, and the light is on, but the food is defrosted. I need to know if there is a defrost switch or a reset switch, and where they are.

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It sounds like your compressor isn't running. i'd check if it is. go the that area and put your hand on the compressor (just tap with finger) if it's hot, suspect that your compressor ain't running.

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