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Auto defrost not working causing ice build up. How does one remove cover of evaporator with drawer slides in place? Is it necessary to remove drawer slides to remove evaporator cover?. If so, how are slides removed?

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Sounds like you may have a restriction or blockage, may also be low on freon

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SOURCE: Ice is building in the freezer - I can manually

WHEN YOU JUST DON'T HAVE THE MODEL NUMBER Yes, tere are tings to check but I need the model number to help you bctter .The problem is most likely the defrost timer. I don't have your model number so I am going by what I can find about a Kenmore Elite.
The defrost timer is located most times insid the fresh food compartment and behind theconteol panel. Usually there is a hole that you can put a flathead screwdriver through and slowly turn the timer clockwise until the refrigerator compressor and fans stop. Let it stay like this for about 25 minuites until the compressor restarts. During this time the refrigerator should be in defrost. Open the freezer and listen for crackling and sizzling noise caused by defrost. If the compressor does not restart turn again clockwise and this will restart. If you nee the defrost timer here is a link below.

482493 Defrost Timer

Let me know if this don't work and we will need to go mto step 2, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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Samsung RM255LABP/XAA freezer only gets to 27 degrees, won't harvest ice. Fridge and lower freezer work fine.

Ice cannot be produced at that temperature you're going to have to find out by taking the drawer out removal of the rear wall of the freezer and see if the evaporator is freezing over or is the condensate drain opening is blocked. Your model has dual evaporators and we need to see if your evaporator in the freezer is defrosting properly or if for some reason the defrost drain is blocked causing moisture to cover the fan causing a cooling problem.
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Kenmore Elite Bottom freezer is causing all kinds of problems. From the start we have had problems with the ice maker not freezing the ice fast enough and overflowing into the slides causing issues with...

Hello, ok lets start with the ice and frost all over the freezer compartment. This is mainly due to your unit haveing a defrost issue. If you were to remove the rear panel on the inside rear of the freezer by unscrewing the screws that hold in the panel you would then gain access to the evaporator coil. There are three key parts that make the defrost function work properly the defrost thermostat, the defrost heater, and the defrost timer or on some units instead of a defrost timer they have a control board located behind a panel in the rear of the machine. The defrost thermostat is usually the first place you would start diagnosing your defrost issue. Also when you remove the rear panel and gain access to the evaporator coil if you found any ice build up on the evaporator you would then defrost any ice with a hair dryer and also assure that the drain hole below the evaporator is clear of ice as well as any obstruction as well. The defrost thermostat is a small round disc like part that has two wires going to usually found on one of the compressor copper lines, the defrost heater is the element looking metal piece that is usually found below the evaporator coil itself. Both of these pieces can be tested for continuity using a multimeter to assure if they are functioning properly. Most of the time it is thhe defrost thermostat that fails that does cause this issue. So first test these two key parts and message me back with your finds. If both of these parts test as working properly I will then further instruct on how to test the remaining parts. Thanks again I look forward to your reply

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I have recently purchased a Whirlpool Gold refrigerator with the freezer drawer on the bottom. I love it but the freezer has had ice covering the items in it a few times, it almost looks like snow. My...

hello cathy, Depending on where the actual snow is located if it were against the rear freezer wall then you would have a defrost issue in which either the defrost thermostat, the defrost heater, the defrost timer has a fault these parts can be checked by doing a continuity test on them with a multimeter to assure they are functioning properly. If you can message me back the model number i can most likely find your schematic for your machine and point out where each piece is located. On some newer units they do not have a defrost timer instead they have a adaptive control board which takes the place of the timer before you do any checking of these parts it is most important to also assure that you have no rips or tears in the freezer door seal. although if you did you would see the ice build up more towards the door instead of on the rear of the freezer wall. If you have any further questions message me back and please remember when our chat has fully concluded to rank how this opinion has helped in your appliance situation it allows me to continue helping others in similar situations in the future Thanks Rick
p.s you would have to remove the screws that hold the rear panel in the rear of the freezer which would give you access to the evaporator coil and the defrost thermostat and the defrost heater if when you do remove the panel you see the evaporator coil with ice build up on it you would have to defrost the ice with a hair dryer and then conduct your tests this ice build up is a definite sign of a defrost issue Thanks again I await your reply Rick

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Plastic Casing on center back, inside refrigerator is making noise like built up ice. How does that plastic cover come off?

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

While it is covered in ice and you try to remove it.. you will probably break it. (been there done that) Defrost it manually first. I checked your model number and it is missing the last 3 digits of the model number.... However, the inside of the units are pretty much the same so I used the model ending in BOO. See this link for a picture of the back access cover and screws:
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The cover has 2 screws and 2 tabs. Remove the screws and gently release the tabs.

NOTE: Ice build up is usually the result of an automatic defrost cycle circuit problem or... a slow running evaporator fan. I do not recommend you even attempt to gain access at this time. (
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I have a Kenmore Elite Model # 795.75546401. Ice forms underneath the freezer drawer and I have to remove it weekly or the drawer wont open. I can not see any access to drain lines in the back or how to...

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