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    Default How do i check a damper control

    Model Number: 363.58475894
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: More than 10 years

    Hi, I think my damper is the problem on my frig. Frig side is warm. Freezer side is at 0 degrees.No air is going into the frig side. Can the damper control be tested before i spend $100 on a new one. Could it be that the cold air is backing up in the freezer side and freezing my ice cube water line? I had frost in back of freezer.Thanks.

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    Do you hear the fan in the freezer blowing air?

    If so, then you'd need to actually get at the air damper and check it for an ice clog or the damper door being stuck closed.

    You have to remove the light shield #421 and the damper is #426 here:
    http://c.searspartsdirect.com/lis_pn...9192-00007.png

    Here's the air damper for your model:
    Manufacturer Number WR09X10002


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    Hi,

    I had frost in back of freezer
    How much? If the frost free has failed the cooling coils will plug up with frost and block the air flow into the fresh food section....evenually the freezer goes warm also.

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    Ok, but doesn't the 0 degrees in the freezer tell you its not a defrost problem? When the coils are plugged with frost that will effect the freezer temp as well.

    Yes, we do need to know how much frost you see on the coils, not the back panel.

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    Ok, but doesn't the 0 degrees in the freezer tell you its not a defrost problem? When the coils are plugged with frost that will effect the freezer temp as well.
    The beginning is running a bit longer but no temps are effected.....gets worse and freezer will still work but fresh food section will warm up....gets even worse and then the freezer will start to warm up as well.

    *If* the OP caught the unit in the middle stage....freezer could still be good with a warm FF section....was just a thought

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    Ok Jeff that makes sense.

    So Billy should definitely check the evaporator coils to see if any frost build-up is on them, normal would be a thin layer of frost on all the coils.

    And Billy should also check to make sure the evaporator(freezer) fan motor is running.

    So we will wait to see what Billy finds out.

    Billy, remove the back panel inside your freezer and check the coils and fan motor above the coils.

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    Damn I'm sounding like I just came out of appliance repair school.

    This last week before Christmas is stressing me out.

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    Default Control Damper Update

    We took apart the damper control and we could see that it moved when the coil was put in ice.So I decided to unplug it and let it sit overnight. This morning, there was water on the floor, I assume from ice melting. Plugged back in and the fridge side is now cool and cold air is blowing through the damper.Maybe ice plugged the air flow to the fridge?Ice maker is making ice.The freezer fan is running.So why did the back of freezer frost up? I'm thinking defrost timer or the defrost element itself. We are going to remove the cover inside the freezer side and check both.How should that be done? Once again, thats for all the help. Bill

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