Question about Kenmore 64254 / 64252 / 64259 Top Freezer Refrigerator

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First discovered icy build up on back wall of freezer and on some containers that were in that area. Then got sour smell in refrigerator so thoroughly cleaned the entire refrigerator with the smell returning. The refrigerator doesn't seem to be cold enough. I had to throw several vegetables away that were there for less than a week. Happened 2 weeks in a row. Yesterday, discovered that from the ceiling of the refrigerator in the back, there is a frozen ***** that is starting to drip. Looks like it could be from the freezer??? I upped the temperature in the refrigerator slightly yesterday but everything seems to be the same.

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  • lindast590 Jan 06, 2011

    Good morning helpmech,



    I did as you instructed. I just plugged the refigerator back in last night and will be putting food back in later this AM.



    Just a few more questions if I may. If there is a defrost problem, how long does it typically take to show signs of such again? I'll certainly be looking more closely at this point but just curious and will be helpful for planning purposes. Also, any idea on how much, approximately, it'll be to get this fixed???



    Thanks for your help,

    Linda

  • lindast590 Jan 12, 2011

    Dear helptech,



    Well, my refrigerator is finally fixed - or I think so - so far so good. I truly believe we pinpointed the problem. It ended up being the evaporator motor which we replaced yesterday. Unless something burnt out that motor because something else is wrong that's effecting that part, I should be good to go. Thanks for your help. Just thought I should get back to you with this info since it wasn't a part you listed that could have caused the problem I was experiencing.

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This problem is mostly due to defrost system not functioning as required.The ice is getting frosted and this is clogging the ventilations but this frost is not getting defrosted.The procedure of this unit is as follows: --- The compressor starts then it cools the freezer section. When the freezer reaches its cooling level the defrost cycle starts functioning. In this cycle the fan in the freezer section starts running and the cool air in the freezer section is passed to the refrigerator section and the refrigerator section gets cold. The air from freezer to refrigerator passes from the section, in that section the damper is located. Now this problem which you mentioned. In this problem the freezer is getting cold but its not defrosting.so the frost build up gets more and more.But the fridge section is not getting cold.And the defrost is not functioning so the water leaks when suddenly the defrost starts for few minutes. ---------------- Before replacing any parts or doing any troubleshooting its advisable to do a manual defrost reset procedure.:-----

The manual defrost reset procedure is as follows: ----

First unplug the unit from main power outlet. Then empty whole unit completely. Then keep both the doors open. Wait for 24 hours. All the ice collected on the coils and in the freezer section will get melted. Clean the water from the sections. Then Connect the power cord of the unit to main power outlet after 24 hours/.Then set the temperature to normal in both fridge and freezer section. It will take near to 4 hours to get run in its proper cooling cycle. Then check, if the problem returns again. If the same problem occurs then it's defrost problem. The defrost board and the defrost thermostat/heater is not functioning properly and it has to be checked and replaced.You can get the required parts from online sites like:--- www.repairclinic.com or from searspartsdirect online site.---------This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

Posted on Jan 03, 2011

  • raj somaiya Jan 06, 2011

    In about next 10 hours,you will come to know,that there is same problem.The frost will again start building up and same problem will be seen.But if the manual defrost procedure has solved the problem.Then after 10 hours,there will be no leak or over ice frost collected problem see.But after 4 hours the unit will get the cooling cycle started.Then in next 6 hours it will show the symptoms of problem,if it still exist.Now if the problem is there,then cost of thermostat will be near to $20.Cost of heater will be near to $70 and cost of defrost board will be near to $120.But first it has to be started by just replacing thermostat.If still the same problem.Then heater and defrost board are to be checked.And the faulty one has to be replaced.-------------------- This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.

  • raj somaiya Jan 12, 2011

    Thank you very much for this update.thanks.

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