Refrigerator Repair Guides

These easy-to-follow repair guides help you do refrigerator repairs yourself. These Sears PartsDirect repair guides cover major refrigerator brands, such as Kenmore, Samsung, Whirlpool and GE, as well as fridge styles from side-by-side to French door. Tell us your model number for even more specific guides and recommendations. With our online manuals, diagrams and fridge parts, repairing your refrigerator has never been easier.

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How to Replace an Ice Maker in a Side-by-Side Refrigerator

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Learn how to replace the ice maker in a side-by-side refrigerator with these step-by-step instructions.

How to Replace a Refrigerator Thermistor

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The thermistor senses the temperature inside the refrigerator. If the actual temperature and the temperature you set are different, the thermistor could be the problem. You can replace a refrigerator thermistor by following these simple instructions.

How to Replace a Refrigerator Water Valve

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Replace the water valve that feeds water to the ice maker and water dispenser if it no longer controls the flow of water.

How to Clean Refrigerator Condenser Coils

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Help your refrigerator run more efficiently by cleaning the condenser coils. It's easy and takes just a few minutes.

How to Replace an In-Door Ice Maker on a French Door Refrigerator

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Follow these step-by-step instructions how to replace the in-door ice maker in Kenmore TRIO and LG French door refrigerators.

How to Replace a Refrigerator Electronic Control Board

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If your refrigerator isn't running, the electronic control board could be the problem. A service technician can do tests to diagnose the cause. If the electronic control board has failed, you can replace it by following the instructions in this refrigerator repair guide.

How to Replace a Refrigerator Temperature Control Thermostat

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This helpful refrigerator repair guide explains how to replace the temperature control thermostat in a refrigerator.

How to Replace a Diffuser in a Side-by-Side Refrigerator

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The diffuser controls cold air flow from the freezer to the refrigerator. You can replace it yourself, following step-by-step instructions.

How to Replace a Refrigerator Door Gasket

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The door gasket seals the gap around the door to keep the cold air in and the warm air out. It’s easy to replace a worn or torn gasket.

How to Replace an Evaporator Fan Motor in a Side-by-Side Refrigerator

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If your refrigerator isn't as cold as it should be, it could be that the evaporator fan motor isn't circulating air. This repair guide shows how to replace a failed evaporator fan motor.

How to Replace a Defrost Sensor in a Side-by-Side Refrigerator

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If frost is building up in the freezer of your side-by-side refrigerator, the defrost sensor could be at fault. You can replace it in about half an hour by following these instructions.

How to Replace a Refrigerator Defrost Control Assembly

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Some LG and Kenmore refrigerators has a defrost control assembly next to the evaporator, in the back of the freezer compartment. Replace the defrost control assembly if the defrost temperature sensor fails or its fuse blows—in both cases, the freezer won’t defrost and the electronic display panel shows an error code. This repair guide shows you how.

How to Replace a Refrigerator Temperature Control Board

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If the actual temperature in your refrigerator isn't matching the temperature you set, the problem could be the temperature control board—a service technician can give you a definite diagnosis. If the temperature control board does need to be replaced, you can do it yourself, following these steps.

How to Replace an Ice Dispenser Motor in a Side-by-Side Refrigerator

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If your side-by-side refrigerator isn’t churning out ice, replacing the motor could fix the problem. These steps explain how.

How to Replace a Defrost Heater in a Side-by-Side Refrigerator

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If frost is building up in the freezer of your side-by-side refrigerator, the defrost heater could be faulty. Follow these step-by-step instructions to replace the defrost heater.

How to Replace a Refrigerator Dispenser Core Control Board

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If your refrigerator dispenses ice or water even when the door is open, replace the dispenser core control board—it takes less than an hour.

How to Replace Ice Maker Optic Boards in a Side-by-Side Refrigerator

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If the ice maker in your side-by-side refrigerator is not producing, replacing the optic boards can fix this system.

How to Replace the Defrost Bi-metal Thermostat in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The defrost bi-metal thermostat is a safety device attached to the evaporator coil. The defrost bi-metal thermostat shuts off the refrigerator defrost heater if the heater gets hot enough to damage the evaporator.

How to Install an Ice Maker Kit in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The ice maker kit is an optional accessory for refrigerators. Install the ice maker kit in a refrigerator that doesn't have an automatic ice maker.

How to Replace the Compressor Start Relay in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The compressor start relay starts the compressor and shuts it off if the motor overheats. Replace the start relay if it's defective.

How to Replace the Defrost Thermistor in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The defrost thermistor attaches to the evaporator coil and measures the evaporator coil temperature during defrost.

How to Replace the Water Inlet Valve in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The water inlet valve controls water flow to the ice maker. Replace the water valve if it doesn't open or shut properly. Water flow into the refrigerator is controlled by an electrically operated water inlet valve, which is usually located in the machine compartment at the bottom, back of the refrigerator.

How to Replace the Condenser Fan Motor in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The condenser fan is in the machine compartment of the refrigerator next to the compressor. It moves air across the condenser coils to help cool the hot refrigerant coming out of the compressor.

How to Replace the Evaporator Fan Motor in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The evaporator fan motor blows air across the evaporator coils and through the refrigerator cabinet for cooling. Replace the evaporator fan motor if it won't run when activated.

How to Replace the Electronic Control Board in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The electronic control board is the "brains" of the refrigerator. Replace the electronic control board if it's defective.

How to Replace the Defrost Heater in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The refrigerator defrost heater melts frost from the freezer’s evaporator fins. Replace the defrost heater if it doesn't heat when activated.

How to Replace the Light Switch in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The light switch turns the refrigerator light on and off and monitors door position. Replace the light switch if it doesn't work.

How to Replace the Compressor Run Capacitor in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The run capacitor sends electric current to start the compressor motor. Replace the run capacitor if it's defective.

How to Replace the Thermistor in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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The thermistor monitors the temperature inside the refrigerator compartment. Replace the thermistor if it isn't detecting temperature accurately.