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Kenmore Model 106.78229800 Refrigerator. Everything in freezer almost completely thaws(above 40 deg) during defrost cycle but then refreezes,10 deg. what part do I need?

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It could be the defrost-limit thermostat (bi-metal), or a bad temperature-conrol (cold-control) thermostat.

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SOURCE: freezer works ok.refrigerator temp varies from 39 60 deg.

check to see if there is frost in the back of the freezer if so you have a defrost prob..

Posted on Jun 29, 2007


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SOURCE: Kenmore cold spot refrigerator freezer

I would look to the condenser where the heat is removed from the refrigeration system for your problem. Check and make sure the condenser fan operates, check the compressor for operation. If the condenser is plugged with dust it will cause the compressor to cycle on its thermal overload protector. Normally in back there is a removable panel to access the condenser and compressor area. make sure you reinstall the cover after you are done. It is critical to proper operation and cooling of the system.

Posted on Jun 01, 2008


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SOURCE: Water does not drain from the Freezer during the defrost cycle

hi thanks for the question the drain hose goes to the underneath by the compressor thaw out the freezer and clean the drain hose this will solve the problem thanks the appliance doc

Posted on Sep 27, 2008


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SOURCE: Refrigerator and Freezer not cooling....

  1. my kenmore side by side Model #465825 Refrigerator doesn't cool or and ice maker is'nt making ice.

Posted on Dec 09, 2008


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SOURCE: Food in freezer is thawing, compressor very hot to the touch

It sounds like the motor to the circulating fan is wearing out . This fan is hard to diagnose as it will spin the blade , but as you said it will not spin fast enough to circulate air thru the freezer and refrigerator. The motor is DC non brush type. It will cost a minimum of $300.00 to repair/replace this fan assembly, but it is worth that compared to replacing the refrigerator

Posted on Jul 28, 2009

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