Model #25374832400 KENMORE Top-Mount Refrigerator

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Clogged freezer drain 25374832400

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Joseph P. -
March 22, 2011
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It's nice to know the size of your refrigerator. You have received some good information pertaining to the production date. This is an 18 cubic foot top mount refrigerator. The cost of this unit was $ 569.99. I'm also attaching the dimensions for this unit below. I hope this helps you. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Scott D -
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March 24, 2011
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My Kenmore refrigerator, model number 253.74832400 is icing up on the inside of the panels and then inside the refrigerator get warm. What can be the cause or how can i resolve the problem?

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In reference to your Kenmore refrigerator, model number 253.74832400;

Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.

Evaporator coils

Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system:

  • The defrost timer
  • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)
  • The defrost heater

If it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem.

Condenser :

Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.

After resolving the problem with the excessive ice build up allow the refrigerator to run for 48 hours, to determine if addition parts need to be replaced. (Such as the fan)

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Angela R. - Personal Solutions Manager -
Sears Technician
October 22, 2009

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