Model #2539280212 KENMORE upright freezer

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My 2539280212 freezer is no longer freezing my food, & the door no longer pulls a "vacuum" when pulling to open it (?). Check what?


Check to see if the compressor and the evaporator fan motor are running. If they are not running the freezer might be stuck in a defrost cycle.

If this is the case pull the freezer out and look behind it. On the left side near the floor is a defrost timer mounted to a metal bracket. The bracket has a hole in it for the defrost timer shaft. The timer and shaft are plastic and there is no danger of electrical shock. Insert a 1/4 inch blade screwdriver through the hole and turn the shaft clockwise 1/4 turn. If the compressor starts running the defrost timer is bad and must be replaced.

If the compressor and fan are running look inside at the evaporator cover on the rear wall of the liner for frost. If the cover has frost on it the freezer has failed to defrost. Remove the food and shelves and remove the evaporator cover. Disconnect the freezer from the wall receptacle and defrost the evaporator coil with a hair dryer. Do not use any metal objects to remove frost and ice. The coils in the evaporator coil are aluminum and will puncture easily.

When you remove the frost the freezer will work again for about 5-7 days before it frosts over again.

If the compressor is running and there is no frost on the evaporator coil, the problem is in the sealed system and will require a technician to diagnose and repair.

I recommend you call 1-800-469-4663 or go to and schedule service for a Sears technician to diagnose and repair the problem.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
July 27, 2010

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