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Frost Refrigerator is making ice but there is a frost buildup on the back wall of the freezer and the refrigerator is not as cold as the setting suggest. Have tried turning up the controls but that does not seem to help.

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  • carcrazy Oct 26, 2007

    Thanks.  Model is Kenmore 363.50227000 Side by Side.  I took the back panel off last night and the defrost heater was covered in frost.  I used a hair dryer to melt and then put the back panel back on.  Had the defrost heater replaced about a year ago but cannot seem to locate the Defrost thermostat or Defrost timer.  I took the cold control plastic cover off in the refrigerator but not sure where to look from there for the defrost timer. 

    Thanks again for the help

  • carcrazy Oct 29, 2007

    Thank you again for all the help.  I do have one more question.  Do I remove the knob control for the Freezer and Fresh Food Section to get to the defrost timer? 

    Thank you again

  • carcrazy Nov 15, 2007

    I used a hair dryer to defrost the heater and the frost is now back again. Is the timer on the right hand side of the refrigerator behind the plastic control temp switches? If I order the part is it the Control Defrost from the parts list or control temp? I see the heater in the part list and wanted to know if it was difficult to replace.

    Thank you very much for your help

  • carcrazy Nov 27, 2007

    Need help one more time. When I go to I key in the part number from the original parts list and a selection of 4 parts come up for each part number. I keyed the part number in for WR85x0282 which has a description of LOW SIDE ASM. I selected the first part # for refrigerators and freezers and the part was returned as Evaporator. I selected the other available part with the same number and that description came back as LOW SIDE ASM. This is happening for all the part numbers I key in. How do I know which is the correct one to order?

    Thanks again for all the help.

  • carcrazy Dec 28, 2007

    Just found another issue with ice forming over the drain. The defrost heater seemed to take care of the frost problem, however, now it appears as though the drain is not working properly. Ice is forming over the drain after the defrost heater does it's job. What could be causing the ice to buildup on the drain?

    Thanks for the help.



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It has a defrost problem.  1. Defrost thermostat  2. Defrost timer.  3. Or Defrost heater.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007

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    Craig Shelton Oct 26, 2007

    The defrost thermostat clips onto the evaporator and the timer is behind that panel in the fridge section where you were looking.  You can view a diagram at  Look in freshfood section and freezer section.

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    Craig Shelton Nov 28, 2007

    What part are you trying to get? Is it the defrost thermostat or the timer?



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