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Freezer coils freezing, fridge warm

We replaced our GSS25WGPABB thermostat defrost and heater and bracket assembly but still having the same problem. About once a week the fridge gets warm and freezer coils are frozen up and need to be defrosted. Is there a defrost timer on this model and if so where is it? Or is there something else it could be??? Thanks!

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  • laurasims Apr 27, 2009

    The fan is working fine, any other ideas???

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You might want to check and make sure the interior fan is working above the evaporator coils. If the fan isn't working the air won't circulate over the evaporator and it will frost over very quickly, and also cold air won't be pushed into the fridge side.

The fan might turn off when the door is open, hold the door switch shut while you check it.

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  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    I'm not 100% sure, but I think the defrost cycle is controlled by a main control board on the back... It's kind of an expensive part, so I was trying to think of some cheaper things to check before you try that...

    Repair Clinic will let you return the board if it doesn't fix the problem.

    http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail...


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I have a kitchen aid two sided refrigerator model #KSRB27FHSS04.The freezer part always iecing up, change the thermostat about 3 weeks ago. The fridge part still is not cooling like it should.


Yes I see the panel is covered in frost indicating a failed defrost heater and defrost thermostat. If you changed the timer then you have two more components that need to be replaced=> The 2188175 Defrost Heater Assembly and the=> 2196155 or W10225581 Defrost Thermostat Here is a KSRB27FHSS04 pats manual for your model and the parts are located behind the panel in your photo. Parts are listed on page 17 of the parts manual. You will need to defrost freezer before you will be able to see or replace these parts. Unplug and remove that rear panel and use a hair dryer to melt the ice blocking airflow on the evaporator. Please send another photo of the ice once you get rear cover off in back of the freezer
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The freezer is working but the fridge is not. We unplugged and defrosted it for 24 hr and it was fine for 1 week and now it's doing it again.


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My Kenmore no-frost refrigerator is now five-years old and has started to frost over at the inside back of the bottom freezer which makes it run constantly. For the last several weeks I've had to...


DEFROST PROBLEM
The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can't flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

If the defrost thermostat is bad, it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won't turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
With an ohm meter it should show continuity when cold and none when warm.
You can also bypass(disconnect the two wires plugged into it and twist them together) the thermostat to see if the heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs replaced.

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If you have a defrost timer you can test it. It can be located under the fridge behind the kick panel on the front. Some are in the fridge with the controls at the top. You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer because that means the timer is not running. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

If you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer, replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is located in the fridge with the controls in some models and on the back in others.

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First, locate the defrost timer which may hidden behindcorners of the fridge at the back bottom, in some models located in the ceilingof the fresh food section or behind the cold control cover. Once you locate thedefrost timer, slowly turn the screw in the middle of the defrost timer withstraight screwdriver until the fridge shuts off. Now it's in defrost. If thedefrost heater(s) starts, replace the defrost timer and defrost thermostat. Ifthe heater(s) does not start, unplug wire cord to check ohm test for continuityof heater. If continuity is there, plug cord wire which gives power 120volts(check specification) to heater. If heater no starts, bypass defrost thermostatby join the 2 wires in the defrost thermostat. If the heater now comes on,replace the defrost timer and defrost thermostat. If the heater itself is bad,replace it. Thanks and hope helpful.

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The most common fridge "not cooling" problem is a frost free failure. Remove the access panel in the freezer section to expose the evaporator coils. If the coils in the freezer section get plugged up with frost, this frost will block the evaporator fan motor from blowing the cold air around. The fan blade can also hit this frost and either become noisy or stop altogether. Locating the defrost timer can be tricky....they are often hidden behind the back bottom corners of the fridge at the bottom, in the last few years the timers have been located in the ceiling of the fresh food section, and some behind the cold control cover. Once you locate the defrost timer, slowly turn the screw like wheel in the middle of the defrost timer with a straight screwdriver until the fridge shuts off. You are now in defrost. If the defrost heater(s) comes on now, replace the defrost timer and defrost thermostat. If the heater(s) does not come on, you can ohm test the defrost heater for continuity or volt test for 120 volts to the heater(s). If you have no power to the defrost heater(s) you can also bypass the defrost thermostat to see if the defrost heater will come on, join the 2 wires together to bypass the defrost thermostat. If the heater now comes on, replace the defrost timer and defrost thermostat. If the heater itself is bad, defrost the fridge with a hair dryer, replace the defrost heater* and defrost thermostat. If the defrost timer seems "hot" to the touch or is noisy ( like a ticking or screeching noise )...replace it.

Would also appreciate if you could provide us the model number of your fridge so that if the above solution does not resolve your issue would look into the matter specific to your type of model.

I am sure this solution would help you to resolve the issue.

God Bless

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