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WKNDHRO

10:39AM | 01/07/08
Member Since: 03/23/05
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So I have looked into this a bit and tried many suggestions like the door seal, cleaning out any dust, making sure the fan is working etc., but I still have the same issue. The freezer gets covered in frost and now the refrigerator is starting to warm... It is a Kenmore elite, freezer on the bottom # 596.71002100. It is about 5 years old. Any suggestions would be helpful, thanks!

WKNDHRO

Handyman

10:51AM | 01/07/08
Member Since: 11/18/98
187 lifetime posts
Try shutting the door once in awhile.

But seriously.

Check the seal on the fridge.

It sounds like a bad timer in the defrost cycle or a bad heater element in the defrost cycle. Both can be checked using a Multimeter but DanO would need to give more details.

In the meantime you may want to run a manual defrost of your freezer. just like they did before frost free.
There are also some tips here:
Appliance411 Frost in Freezer Post

WKNDHRO

11:03AM | 01/07/08
Member Since: 03/23/05
7 lifetime posts
I have put on a few pounds during the holidays :-) I do appreciate your response and will try the manual defrost while I wait for serious input, LOL. I can tell your a joker. BTW how did you know we have a seal living on our fridge? I don't think he is causing the frost, although he seems to enjoy watching me chip away at the snow.

Thanks again!

WKNDHRO

DanO

11:34AM | 01/07/08
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** The freezer gets covered in frost **

What part(s) of the freezer exactly?

If just on and/or behind the evaporator (cooling) coil cover, you may have a defrost system failure:

- How does a frost free refrigerator's defrost system work?

LINK > www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=658

If on the surface of other parts in the freezer compartment, look for air leakage into the compartment.

JMO

Dan O.

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WKNDHRO

08:28AM | 01/10/08
Member Since: 03/23/05
7 lifetime posts
Thanks for everyones help. It was the temperature sensor. The freezer did not know when to defrost itself. I had a local service man come buy and do the repair. It was a bit over my head. Anyway it took him about an hour. Parts and labor totaled about $100.00. Not bad considering he came when he said he would, was super nice, no more frost and warrantees his work.

Thanks again!

WKNDHRO

DanO

08:49AM | 01/11/08
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
Thanks for the reply, glad to hear you got it running again. But maybe you could clarify your post a bit for others?

** It was the temperature sensor. **

"Sensors" are used on electronically controlled appliances but your fridge looks to use a standard mechanical temperature control. Are you perhaps referring to the defrost limit thermostat which was replaced??

TIA

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Kenmore+Fridge

The Appliance Information Site

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