Kitchenaid Side by Side Refrigerator goes into long defrost -

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Old 11-23-14, 09:10 AM
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Kitchenaid Side by Side Refrigerator goes into long defrost -

Hi there,

I have a Kitchenmaid KSRV22FVWHOO side by side fridge.
It has been going into a long defrost mode maybe - to the point where the ice in the ice maker drips and leaves a big puddle on the floor. We are no longer making ice.


All I need to do is tap the area of the temperature control sliders (on the top of the fridge side) and the fridge starts cooling again.

This leaves me to believe it is a relay issue or defrost timer maybe or even possibly a cold solder joint?

I am going to take it apart and start fiddling -
Does anyone know if this model has a defrost timer?

Any advice is appreciate and I wish I found this site years ago as I love tinkering.

Thanks in advance,

Mike
 
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Old 11-23-14, 10:04 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

Your model number is KSRV22FVWH00

Your fridge should use the following defrost control board..... part #4388932
KitchenAid Refrigerator Defrost Control Board 4388932 at Repair Clinic

It is very possible that the compressor relay on that board is shot or another popular problem is the soldering on those relays on the back of the board.

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Thank you very much,
that's great to know.

I will check out the solder joints on the back of the relay and see if there are any cracks. If not it's probably the relay like you said.

Thanks for your help,

Mike
 
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Ok finally experimented.

I opened it up and powered it on and waited until it went into long defrost (long enough that it should have finished).

With it open, I tapped the relay on the defrost board and the unit did not change.

But when I tapped the fridge temperature control slider (very lightly), the fridge went into cooling again. I tried this a couple times and it seemed to do the same thing.

Is there any way to test this unit with an multimeter?
I'm guessing it is somewhat of a switch that engages once the temp is too warm.
I have another working fridge/freezer that I could place the unit into.

Maybe I'm mistaken about it going into defrost... maybe the temperature sensing slider has a sticky switch?
 
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