02:52AM | 05/19/02
Member Since: 05/18/02
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I'm thinking of buying a ***** Kenmore 98291 small refrigerator which has a separate freezer compartment. I wonder what "partial autodefrost" means in terms of work. Can anyone with experience with this refrigerator tell me if it means that you have to fairly often scrape off frost buildup in the freezer?
My old 17 cubic foot Kenmore refrigerator 60771 has been great but after 21 years it has conked out and I don't think it's worth paying $65 for ***** to come out to evaluate the cost of repair. I may move in the next year so I thought I might buy a small replacement as it will be easier to move.


06:23AM | 05/19/02
Member Since: 05/18/02
30 lifetime posts
Most small refrigerators will use whats called a cycle defrost. You can tell these apart from others by a cooling plate in the food compartment. This plate may frost up during running. Because the food compartment is suppose to be 38-40 degrees,the frost will melt when the refrigerator shuts off. The whole interior of the freezer will also frost up. The temp in freezer should be 0-5 degrees so when the frig shuts off the frost remains. This frost needs to be removed but not by scraping or pounding on it. Best way to remove frost is to boil large pot of water and put in freezer and shut door. You can punchure the freon tubes by pounding on or scraping the frost.


05:00AM | 05/20/02
Member Since: 05/18/02
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Thanks ! Then, if you put a pot of hot water in the freezer, is there a drain that the melted frost disappears through? Or do you have to put sponges or something in the freezer to clean it up with?
I think of defrosting as being a messy job but maybe that was only "in the olden days" when it was not "partially automatic".


06:59AM | 05/20/02
Member Since: 05/18/02
30 lifetime posts
Yes there is a drain. Most likely a small hole in bottom near the back and in the center


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