This means that the refrigerant is OK. It takes a licensed pro to fix the refrigerant or compressor.
This involved testing live circuits with 117 VAC on them. Use caution as you don't want shocked.
Step 1: Check the Defrost Timer
Step 2: Unload the Freezer
Step 3: Testing
Be careful! If you have a pacemaker or other condition that a shock will kill you hire someone else!!!!
I had defrosted the coils by hand with a hair dryer a couple days ago to keep the fridge going. You will see the coils as a block of frost.
I had voltage at the feed wires. I had continuity at the element so I knew it was good.
There was no continuity at the defrost thermostat. Bad news this.
I found my model number and ordered my part next day from Amazon. Sears Parts Direct didn't have it in stock locally.
Step 4: Swap Out the Bad Part
I then rotated the timer till I heard it click. I waited 3 minute for the defrost heater to kick on. No joy!!
The defrost thermostat was room temperature. I rotated the defrost timer until the compressor kicked on. I let it run for a few minutes till the defrost thermostat had frost on it.
Success!! I was shocked at how hot the heater gets. It is essentially the same as the one in an electric oven.
Step 5: Reassembly!
Put the shelves back in place
Take the food out of the cooler and put them back in the freezer.
Hope I saved you some money.