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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Control panel

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Putty knife
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 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.

How to Replace a Control Panel on a Freezer

Step 1: Disconnect the electrical power

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

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: Install the new control panel

Connect the control panel wires.


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

Step 4: Restore electrical power

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