February 20, 2015

How to replace a freezer control panel

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a freezer control panel

The control panel on a freezer 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 control panel stops working the display screen might be blank or the control buttons won't respond when you press them. Replace a broken freezer control panel with the manufacturer-approved replacement part following the steps in this DIY repair guide.

Use this repair guide and video to replace the control panel on Kenmore, Frigidaire, Crosley and Kelvinator upright freezers.

Quick links
Tools required
Putty knife
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
How to replace a freezer control panel repair guide video.

Replacing a freezer control panel video.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Disconnect the electrical power

    Unplug the freezer or shut off the circuit breaker for the freezer.

  2. 02.

    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.

    Pry out the control panel.

    Pry out the control panel.

    Disconnect the control panel wires.

    Disconnect the control panel wires.

  3. 03.

    Install the new control panel

    Connect the control panel wires.

     Position the new control panel on the door and push the control panel in.

    Install the new control panel.

    Install the new control panel.

  4. 04.

    Restore electrical power

    Plug in the freezer or turn on the house circuit breaker to restore power.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

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