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Can you help me with a Kenmore refrigerator problem?

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Can you help me with a Kenmore refrigerator problem?
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So to be clear, ice is building up on the right side of the refrigerator compartment? Is that inside the refrigerator? I ask because the refrigerator shouldn't even be cold enough to freeze ice since it's a refrigerator and not a freezer.

Also, is this ice a clear sheet of ice or more like white frost or??
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The ice is building up between the drawer and the wall of the refrigerator (outside the drawer). When you open the door, the frost is on the left side and is a frosted color not clear. we have adjusted the humidity down but the ice is till forming. The temperature is not freezing anything else in the normal refrigerator compartments. Veggies are not freezing, for example.


OK on the left side makes sense because the air from the freezer comes in through the ports on the left side of the refrigerator section. There is supposed to be a deflector in the air ducts that comes from the freezer to prevent air from migrating into the refrigerator section but allows the freezer to suck air from the refrigerator section. There is a clear plastic membrane that flaps open and closed inside to prevent the air from flowing back and it sounds like this deflector isn't working or sealing up properly anymore. I would order and replace the deflector itself. Below is a link to the part.


Now the only other thing that would cause the issue is the small circular hole that supplies air into the bottom crisper drawer on the left side. If that's not sealing up anymore, you can get something like Perma Gum from the hardware store and plug the hole to prevent air from blowing into the refrigerator from the freezer down at the bottom crispers. The hole is generally there so that you can adjust the temperature of the bottom drawer to make it extra cold for "meats and deli" if you stored that in this area.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Okay. Sounds like a logical solution. I will give both ideas a try! Thanks so much for your advice!

Not a problem and I wish you only the best.
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