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Installing defrost thermostat (part # 5300JK1003J) in Kenmore upright refrigerator (model 79573262300 ) 79573262300


Thank you for choosing and being a valued member. I can certainly assist you in locating the instructions to replace the heater in your refrigerator. 


Defrost Control assembly consists of Defrost sensor and


Defrost sensor functions to defrost automatically. It is

attached to metal side of the Evaporator and senses

Temperature. At the temperature of 162°F(72°C), it stops

the emission of heat from the Heater.

Fuse-M is a safety device for preventing over-heating of

the Heater when defrosting.

1. Pull out the grille assembly. 

2. Separate the connector connected with the Defrost

Control assembly and replace the Defrost Control

assembly after cutting the Tie Wrap. 

Once you remove the grille it will give you access to the heater. 

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Natasha12 -
Sears Technician
November 17, 2014

Kenmore refrigerator/freezer 79573262300


Thank you for your question. I understand your concern about the icing condition in the freezer. This type of problem is most often caused by a frozen drain. To clear the drain, remove everything in the freezer, so the back panel can be removed. First disconnect power to the unit. With the panel removed, you will see the evaporator coil and directly under the coil is the drain trough (pan). The trough will probably be full of ice that will need to be removed. A hair dryer works well for this. Just be careful not to get it too hot. With the ice out of the trough, you will be able to see the drain hole, which will be plugged with ice. Use hot water to clear the drain hole. Keep working the hot water into the hole and wiping the excess water. This can take quite awhile, depending on how deep the ice is. This will need to be done until you get a good water flow down to the bottom drain pan. If you would like more assistance, reply to this thread and I will be glad to assist you further.   There is a kit available to help stop the freezing. The kit will have instructions included. It attaches to the element itself and transfers heat to the drain hole. The round insert will mount into the drain hole and the thick section of the heat probe clamps around the element and then place the tail section into the drain hole. Be sure to disconnect power from the unit before installing the part. If you need more assistance, please resubmit your question, with additional details. Pn 819043

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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
April 08, 2014

TOP FREEZER/REFRIGERATOR CODES 79573262300 Kenmore Top-mount refrigerator


Error codes can be an inconvenience and keep your refrigerator from working properly. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will provide you with some good information. I hope this helps with your research while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
December 29, 2012

And the link?

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chris -
December 29, 2012


Thank you for asking this question and allow me to answer it this way.

The error code ER dH is the code for the defrost heater. It could mean the heater is faulty or the voltage from the board to the heater is interrupted. Here are some checks that can be made from the control board that may be mounted on the roof of the refrigerator but is likely to be mounted on the rear wall behind the refrigerator.
Live voltage checks are dangerous, and possibly deadly. Exercise caution at all times. If you are not comfortable working with live electricity I suggest you call an Sears Home Services technician.

Always unplug or de-energize electrical equipment before removing covers or attempting service. Be careful and wear appropriate hand protection when working around sharp metal parts.

I hope this answer is useful and that it helps you correct the problem with your appliance.
Thank you for using ManageMyLife.

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Bill__W -
Sears Technician
December 31, 2012
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