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    Hi, I have a 2003 Kenmore model # 106.53659300 and it started acting funny so i started troubleshooting and I have a question. I noticed a few days ago that the fan was running all the time. I noticed today that the refrigerator was getting warmer, and stuff at the top of the freezer was starting to thaw. I vacuumed the coils underneath as they were very clogged and I also took the cover off the back of the freezer and thawed all of the ice off of the coils in there. I noticed that there is a little silver disc about the diameter of a quarter and about 3/4 of an inch thick that clips onto the refrigerant line that comes into the freezer. This part has a pink and brown wire attached to it and it looks like the blue cap popped off and the pink wire was no longer soldered to the part inside the cylindrical part. I should also note that a few months ago the ice maker stopped working until I put a cup of hot water under the water inlet tube in the ceiling of the freezer and thawed out the pipe so water could flow to the ice maker. Any other things I should be looking at or could the part I described be causing these problems. I hate to throw parts at a problem but the part I described clearly needs to be replaced anyway.

    Thanks

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    Looks like PN#2196155 Bi-Metal Defrost. is the bad part. what causes this to fail.

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    Hi,

    Yup, thats the defrost thermostat(Bi-Metal), I've seen that happen many times on all brands, I don't know what causes it, but a new one will fix it.

    Here's the one for your model you can order:
    (The manufacturer has replaced part#2196155 with this item, part#2319914.) (Manufacturer part#2319914 is RepairClinic item#1194651.)


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    I see that a lot too.

    Here is a photo of just what your talking about.

    http://appliancejunk.com/forums/inde...sa=view;id=347

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    Good photo AJ, Thats exactly what it looks like.

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    Hi Folks, i replaced the part listed several months ago and the fridge and freezer work great but I am noticing that the water inlet tube over the icemaker is freezing up. I have taken a blowdryer and warmed it up a few times now and that seems to temporarily fix the problem of the icemaker not working but I am wondering what causes the rubber tube to freeze.

    Thanks

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    It was a design flaw issue.

    I run into that tube freezing problem alot on the Kenmore/Whirlpool/KitchenAid models. There is a heater kit that you can install, it does fix the issue.
    Part#4389174


    Comes with instructions.

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