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Kenmore refrigerator 253.61532804 warm in fridge, frost in freezer

Boldrush

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Location
Chicago
Model Number
253.61532804
Brand
Sears Kenmore
Age
More than 10 years
My parents woke up to find food in their refrigerator warm and frost in the freezer.. They said a couple weeks ago some food in the back of the refrigerator would freeze.

After looking through the forum, I took off the cover in the back of the freezer to find this.

What causes this to happen? How do I proceed from here?

Any help for my parents would be much appreciated! Thank you in advance!


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jeff1

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Hi,

Normally we would test the defrost heater first. If ok we replace the defrost timer and defrost thermostat.
If the heater is bad we replace the defrost heater and defrost thermostat.

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LINK> Defrost heater

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LINK> Defrost thermostat

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LINK> Defrost timer

The Heater should have an approx resistance value of between 21-27 Ohms.

jeff sr.
 

Boldrush

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Thank you so much for replying @jeff1 ! Is there a video or diagram that shows where the defrost heater is located in this model?

Thank you so much for the links so that I can order the parts needed for this model. I appreciate it!
 

jeff1

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Defrost heater and defrost thermostat are in the freezer section (buried under all that frost in your picture) attached to the evaporator/cooling coils.
False back wall must be removed to access.
Defrost timer is in the control box in the fresh food section.

jeff sr.
 

jeff1

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Looks like I have a bad defrost heater. It's testing at 39 Ohms.

Apply 110-120 volts to the heater and see if it will heat up. Check the heater to ground (the sheathing of the heater to each wire end) to make sure it is not grounded. 12 ohms is very small.

jeff sr.
 
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