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Kenmore 253, model 970 frost free freezer control panel won't come on

I recently got a secondhand Kenmore. It is a 253, model 970 with a temperature control panel. I moved it to my place in a van, and I'm pretty sure the temperature control panel was working before I left. Now though, it will not turn on, but the compressor is working fine, and the freezer is freezing things quite well. I replaced the 9 volt battery in the thing, which has done nothing. Meanwhile, the interior light is also working, so it doesn't seem some kind of general electrical failure. I also went under the thing and checked to see if any wired connections came loose in the move, and this doesn't seem to be an issue. Everything is set in place nice and tight.

As I understand it, without the temperature control, the system will switch to a default freezer setting, but I worry that without the temperature control working things might break down. Would it be worth getting into the door itself and having a look behind the LCD panel to see if there is anything to see there? Any ideas what might be the problem here?

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