Kenmore  Refrigerator  Error Codes for Bottom-Freezer 111 Models

These error code explanations help troubleshoot a problem with your Kenmore bottom-freezer trio refrigerator with a model number that starts with 111. When your refrigerator isn't working or it isn't cooling well, you may be able to find the cause of the problem by entering the diagnostic mode on the control to view the error codes. The error codes will likely point you in the direction of the failed component causing the cooling problem. Enter the diagnostic mode by pressing and holding the Lock button for 3 seconds, then press and hold the Freezer and Refrigerator buttons while pressing the Acela Ice button 5 times. The digital display will show operating time (number of minutes it’s been plugged in). Press the Freezer button 6 times to step through temperature sensor checks. The display will then show time remaining until the next water filter change. Press the Freezer button 1 more time to see any error codes. The display just shows operating time if the control detects no problems resulting in error codes. If an error code displays, note the code and then continue to press the Freezer button to display any additional error codes. Operating time will display after you view the last error code. Press the Lock button to exit the diagnostic mode. Find the error codes in the chart below and repair the failures. The codes reset after you repair the failures. For repair how-to help, visit the PartsDirect repair help section, which includes repair help for ranges, other major appliances, lawn and garden equipment, garage door openers, vacuum cleaners and more. You can also search for owner’s manuals and find refrigerator replacement parts.

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Error Code Condition Check/Repair Shop Parts
F1 Lo or F1 Hi Freezer compartment temperature sensor failure Unplug the refrigerator and check the freezer temperature sensor wiring connected to the control board for damage. Repair any broken wires. Measure the resistance through the freezer temperature sensor circuit from the control board. Replace the freezer temperature sensor if resistance isn't between 1,000 and 40,000 ohms.
Freezer temperature sensor
r1 Lo or r1 Hi Refrigerator compartment temperature sensor failure Unplug the refrigerator and check the refrigerator temperature sensor wiring connected to the control board for damage. Repair any broken wires. Measure the resistance through the refrigerator temperature sensor circuit from the control board. Replace the refrigerator temperature sensor if resistance isn't between 8,000 and 40,000 ohms.
Refrigerator temperature sensor
i5 Lo or i5 Hi Ice maker temperature sensor failure Unplug the refrigerator and check the ice maker temperature sensor wiring between the ice maker and control board for damage. Repair any broken wires. If you find no wiring problems, replace the ice maker because the ice maker sensor is a component of the ice maker and isn’t available as a separate part.
Ice maker
FD Lo or FD Hi Freezer defrost sensor failure Unplug the refrigerator and check the freezer defrost sensor wiring connected to the control board for damage. Repair any broken wires. Measure the resistance through the freezer defrost sensor circuit from the control board. Replace the freezer defrost sensor if resistance isn't between 8,000 and 40,000 ohms.
Freezer defrost sensor
rD Lo or rD Hi Refrigerator defrost sensor failure Unplug the refrigerator and check the refrigerator defrost sensor wiring connected to the control board for damage. Repair any broken wires. Measure the resistance through the refrigerator defrost sensor circuit from the control board. Replace the refrigerator defrost sensor if resistance isn't between 8,000 and 40,000 ohms.
Refrigerator defrost sensor
iD Lo or iD Hi Ice room temperature sensor failure Unplug the refrigerator and check the ice room temperature sensor wiring connected to the control board for damage. Repair any broken wires. Measure the resistance through the ice room temperature sensor circuit from the control board. Replace the ice room temperature sensor if resistance isn't between 1,000 and 40,000 ohms.
Ice room temperature sensor
rt Lo or rt Hi Ambient temperature sensor failure Unplug the refrigerator and check the ambient temperature sensor wiring connected to the control board for damage. Repair any broken wires. Measure the resistance through the ambient temperature sensor circuit from the control board. Replace the ambient temperature sensor if resistance isn't between 1,000 and 40,000 ohms.
Ambient temperature sensor
dr Refrigerator door switch defective The control displays dr when it detects a refrigerator door open for more than 1 hour. Close the refrigerator door if open. If you find both doors shut, unplug the refrigerator and check the door switch wiring connected to the control board for damage. Repair any broken wires. Measure the resistance through each door switch from the control board with both doors closed. You should measure near zero ohms of resistance through both door switches. If you measure infinite resistance through a door switch, replace it.
Refrigerator door switch
dF Freezer door switch defective The control displays dF when it detects the freezer door open for more than 1 hour. Close the freezer door if open. If you find the door shut, unplug the refrigerator and check the door switch wiring connected to the control board for damage. Repair any broken wires. Measure the resistance through the freezer door switch from the control board with the door closed. You should measure near zero ohms of resistance through the freezer door switch. If you measure infinite resistance through the door switch, replace it.
Freezer door switch
C1 Sealed refrigerant system failure The control detects low refrigerant charge or a defective compressor. A refrigerator service technician will need to complete this repair because it involves the recovery and recharge of refrigerant (Freon).
Compressor
F3 Freezer defrost heater failure Unplug the refrigerator and check the freezer defrost heater wiring for damage. Repair any broken wires. If the wires are okay, replace the freezer defrost heater.
Freezer defrost heater
F3 Refrigerator defrost heater failure Unplug the refrigerator and check the refrigerator defrost heater wiring for damage. Repair any broken wires. If the wires are okay, replace the refrigerator defrost heater.
Refrigerator defrost heater
ES Dispenser failure Check the display panel. If you see the indicator light toggling through the Water, Crushed Ice and Cubed Ice selections then the Water/Ice button is stuck. Press the Water/Ice button in various spots to free the stuck button. If you can't free the stuck button, replace the user interface board.
User interface board
d2 Forced defrost mode activated Indicates the refrigerator is in the forced defrost mode. The control terminates the forced defrost mode automatically when one of the evaporators reaches 55 degrees F. The refrigerator then returns to normal cooling.