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Thread: Kenmore 253.73012300 - bottom refrigerator is not cool any more

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    Default Kenmore 253.73012300 - bottom refrigerator is not cool any more

    Model Number: 253.73012300
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 1-5 years

    Hello, after searching the threads, I still couldn't find a good solution for my failed refrigerator.

    The model number is 253.73012300, S/N LA32217588, Mfg 06-03.
    The top freezer is working well. The bottom frigerator is not cool any more. After removing the panel on the ceiling of the ferigerator, I saw some ice. I removed the ice, but it doesn't help. Don't know how to tell it's a failed fan, compressor, or something else?

    Looks it's hard to remove the back panel.

    Thanks,

    Tom

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    Hi Tom,

    Yes, you will need to take off the back panel inside your freezer to check your evaporator coil for frost build-up.

    Its #10 here:
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    If you have an ice maker, unmount it first from the left side wall. Then just take the screws out of the back panel and the panel will come out.

    Let us know what you find.

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    Hi Jake, thanks for the structure picture of the refrigerator.
    The next day Sears service came in and opened the panel. The frost was built up heavily. First we thought the timer was broken. We replaced it with a new one, it's still not working. Later he checked the lines to defrost thermostat and found out it's broken. After changing the defrost thermostat, everything looks fine now.

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    Sounds good Tom, glad its working good again.

    Here's the defrost timer for your model in case others need to order it:
    Frigidaire 215846602 Defrost Timer - AppliancePartsPros.com


    or the defrost thermostat:
    Frigidaire 5303918202 Defrost Thermostat - AppliancePartsPros.com


    As I've seen both fail about half & half.

    Jake
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    Thanks for the parts pictures.
    They are the exact same parts that my refrigerator uses.
    THanks!

    Tom

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    Glad to help Tom.

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

    Jake
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