How to replace a freezer control panel
The upright freezer control panel displays the temperature, and shows if the door is open or if the freezer lost power. The panel also lets you set the temperature and lock and unlock the door. If the freezer control panel stops working the display screen might be blank or the control buttons won't respond when you press them. Replace a broken upright freezer control panel with the manufacturer-approved replacement part following the steps in this DIY repair guide.
This repair guide with video shows how to replace a Kenmore upright freezer control panel. You can use the same basic procedure to replace the control panel on Kenmore Elite, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Whirlpool, Crosley and Kelvinator upright freezers.
Replacing a freezer control panel video.
Disconnect the electrical power
Unplug the freezer or shut off the circuit breaker for the freezer.
Remove the control panel
Slide the putty knife under the outer lip of the control panel and pry out the control panel.
Disconnect the wire harness by pressing the release tab on the plug and pulling out.
PHOTO: Pry out the control panel.
PHOTO: Disconnect the control panel wires.
Install the new control panel
Connect the control panel wires.
Position the new control panel on the door and push the control panel in.
PHOTO: Install the new control panel.
Restore electrical power
Plug in the freezer or turn on the house circuit breaker to restore power.
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