DIY side-by-side refrigerator repair

If your side-by-side refrigerator isn't making ice or it isn't even running, Sears PartsDirect has the troubleshooting advice you need to fix the problem. If you see an error code, follow the troubleshooting steps in our refrigerator error code chart to find the cause of the failure. Use the step-by-step procedures in the refrigerator repair guides to help you replace failed parts.

Use advice from the refrigerator articles and videos page to help keep your side-by-side fridge running smoothly. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your refrigerator, search for your model number.

Side-By-Side Refrigerators
Repair guides for side-by-side refrigerators

How to replace a defrost sensor in a side-by-side refrigerator

If frost is building up in the freezer of your side-by-side refrigerator, the defrost sensor could be at fault. You can replace it in about half an hour by following these instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a defrost heater in a side-by-side refrigerator

If frost is building up in the freezer of your side-by-side refrigerator, the defrost heater could be faulty. Follow these step-by-step instructions to replace the defrost heater.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace an ice dispenser motor in a side-by-side refrigerator

If your side-by-side refrigerator isn’t churning out ice, replacing the motor could fix the problem. These steps explain how.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a refrigerator electronic control board

If your refrigerator isn't running, the electronic control board could be the problem. A service technician can do tests to diagnose the cause. If the electronic control board has failed, replace it following the instructions in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace an ice maker in a side-by-side refrigerator

Learn how to replace the ice maker in a side-by-side refrigerator with these step-by-step instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace an evaporator fan motor in a side-by-side refrigerator

If your refrigerator isn't as cold as it should be, it could be that the evaporator fan motor isn't circulating air. This repair guide shows how to replace a failed evaporator fan motor.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
July 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a refrigerator thermistor

The thermistor senses the temperature inside the refrigerator. If the actual temperature and the temperature you set are different, the thermistor could be the problem. You can replace a refrigerator thermistor by following these simple instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a diffuser in a side-by-side refrigerator

The diffuser controls cold air flow from the freezer to the refrigerator. You can replace it yourself, following step-by-step instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
How to replace a dispenser core control board in a side-by-side refrigerator

If your refrigerator dispenses ice or water even when the door is open, replace the dispenser core control board—it takes less than an hour.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace ice maker optic boards in a side-by-side refrigerator

If the ice maker in your side-by-side refrigerator is not producing, replacing the optic boards can fix this system.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less