What does a thermistor do?
Answer Hello Steve. It changes in resistance based on the temperature so the board knows the temp inside the unit.
woke up this morning and found that all the my frozen food are all thawed and water on the bottom of the basket. the fridge seems to be working but the freezer is not.
can you tell me the parts and where the location is?
brand: kenmore elite with fridge on top and freezer on the bottom with seperate doors.
The thermistor for the freezer is located under a cover on the back wall of the freezer. This most likely is not the cause for the freezer not operating. You will want to pull the rear wall of the freezer and check the frost pattern of the evaporator coils. If the frost pattern goes down just a couple of loops on the evaporator then there is a sealed system error with either a restriction in the evaporator or a loss of refrigerant. If the coils have a full even frost pattern from top to bottom then the sealed system is ok. At that point you will want to check for the condenser fan motor to not be working and for the condenser coils to be clogged up with dust.
my frige and freezer are not cooling all food melted freezer drawer left open from night till morning. after that neither will cool unpluged and let set for an hour
Answer Shawn, If you left the freezer drawer open all night, it's going to take a lot more than an hour for all the ice and frost on the evaporator coils to melt and clear, so the air can circulate. It'll take more like a day or two. You also want to put down some towels or a lot of rags to collect the defrost water from under and around the refrigerator.