Evaporator coils were freezing up and the water dispenser would not work

ApplianceKenmore Refrigerator

Model596.58695890

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver

Sammy From Clarksville, TX

Aug 18, 2011

8 out of 9 people found this instruction helpful

I was not sure what the fix was on my refrig, so I ordered the defrost timer kit, bimetal defrost thermostat, and the evaporator heater(about 100.00 in parts)
I think my entire problem was the bimetal defrost thermostat, as it was somewhat bulged out on the plastic side.
The evaporator coils would freeze over--the evap. fan would not work and the cold water dispenser would not work. I did't have time to just replace one part at a time so I ordered all three parts that have to do with the defrosting of the evap. coils.
The parts worked and the refrig. is operating fine. Thanks to parts select for a super fast delivery(one day).

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Evaporator Heater

Part Number: PS1571469

$43.05
In Stock

Defrost Timer Kit - 120V 60Hz

Part Number: PS2167006

$16.84
In Stock

Bimetal Defrost Thermostat

Part Number: PS2167866

$36.50
In Stock