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I Have A Kenmore Refridgeratopr (freezer On Bottom) And For The Third Time Now Ice Keeps Forming On The Back

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Old 05-02-2010, 06:43 PM
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Unhappy Refridgeration Issue
Model Number: 596 69142 992   Brand: Kenmore   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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I Have A Kenmore Refridgeratopr (freezer On Bottom) And For The Third Time Now Ice Keeps Forming On The Back Wall Of Freezer. I Can Here The Fan Going But The Temp. Drops In Both The Fridge And Freezer.i Took The Back Plate Off In The Freezer And Thawed Everything Out But The Problem Reoccurs. Any Help Would Be Greatly Appreciated.

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Old 05-03-2010, 05:24 AM
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Sounds like you have a defrost problem.
First remove the evaporator cover in the freezer so you can see the coils.
Not do not let them de-ice.
If they are heavily iced/frosted over you have a defrost problem.

If yes.
Manually force a defrost cycle by turning the defrost timer cam (looks like it is at the bottom of the unit, probably behind the kick plate) till the fans and compressor turn off.
Now check the defrost heater to see if it is on.
Be careful you do not want to burn your fingers.
If the heater is on then the timer needs replacing, re: it is probably stalling during it's rotation so is never getting into a defrost cycle.

If not on.
Unplug the unit.
Remove the wire for one side of the defrost heating element from the wiring and measure it for continuity, usually around 20 ohms or so.

If the heater is OK
Remove one wire to the defrost thermostat and measure it, should be 0 ohms when frozen. Note that it opens just above freezing so must be frozen to check it. Also inspect it, if it is bulged at all replace it even if it measures OK.

If both the above are OK then odds are the defrost timer contacts are toast.
Best way to test this is a live test to see if you have 120 volts across the heater/defrost thermostat combo.

If you do not own a meter, I would suggest you purchase a one. You can get a decent digital multimeter for under $20.00. You do not need fancy though it is nice if the leads are a couple feet long.
If it saves ordering one unnecessary part it has paid for itself and you end up owning a useful tool.
Most places will not let you return electrical parts so if you order it, you own it.
A couple things to watch when measuring ohms and continuity
1. Always remove power from the machine otherwise you could blow your meter.
2. Always disconnect at least one side of any device you are checking. This eliminates the possibility of measuring an alternate/parallel circuit path.
3. When checking for closed contacts and continuity use the lowest scale (Usually 200 ohms). Then try higher scales. This scale is 0 to 200 ohms so if the device you are measuring is 300 ohms this scale would show an open circuit which it is not, you are just measuring outside the scale's dynamic range.

There is a good STICKY at the start of this forum about it's use.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:11 PM
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were is the defrost heater what does it look like?
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:12 AM
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Looks like this
Part number: AP4001947

Part number: AP4001947

It is under the evaporator coils.

Here are a couple good sites with fridge repair info
Refrigerator Repair Guide: How To Fix a Refrigerator - ACME HOW TO.com
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