Question about Kenmore Top Freezer Refrigerator
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
MAKE SURE THE FAN IN REAR OF FREEZER COMPARTMENT IS RUNNING , SOME TIME YOU MUST DEPRESS THE DOOR SWITCH ON THE FREEZER DOOR TO WATCH FAN IF NOT REPLACE FAN , NOT BAD MOST UNPLUG , IF THIS IS NOT IT YOU COULD HAVE A INTERMITTENT DEFROST TIMER OR A BAD DEFROST HEATER
Posted on Feb 24, 2009
Most times this is a plugged defrost drain system. The defrost heater in the freezer section melts the frost and changes it to water, this water is suppose to flow down a drain system. If this drain system is restricted or plugged the water will leak inside the refrigerator. The drain system starts in the freezer section with a tray built under the evaporator coil. The water is funneled through a small hose into a cup in the top middle of the fresh food section ( not on all models, but this is the most common way ), from there, the water is directed out the back wall to a drain hose that runs down the back of the refrigerator into a condensing tray. The heat created under the fridge makes the water evaporate and disappear. Some of the cups ( in the top back of the fresh food section ) can be removed for cleaning. A turkey baster can be used to help clean out the drain system. Fill the baster with hot water and "blast" it into the drain hose to help flush it out. A piece of wire or pipe cleaner can also be pushed into the drain hoses to help clean then out. On a S x S style of fridge the drain system is in the bottom back of the freezer section and often you will have to remove the evaporator cover to access the drain hole. You can clean this out in the same manner as previously mentioned, but because of the water leaking into the freezer instead of the fresh food section you will have to remove the ice build up to clean out the drain system. For some reason Whirlpool has found a need to "hide" the drain hose inside the walls now ( Whirlpool makes many of the Kenmore branded refrigerators ) on there top freezer refrigerators. This makes accessing the drain hose to flush it out more difficult, no cup inside the fresh food section, no hose down the outside back wall and the only access is inside the freezer section behind the back false wall and under the evaporator coils.
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Posted on Apr 17, 2009
Icemaker leaks are common and cannot always be solved. May need a new Icemaker. Ofter you can obtain a kit from Lowes (use a Whirlpool kit.)
Posted on Aug 24, 2009
This water comes from a plugged up defrost drain tube. Do you see like a cup at the back of your refrigerator connecting using a plastic tube in a hole at the back of your refrigerator ? This cup collects dripping water from your freezer during a defrost cycle - you will notice a hole above it on the ceiling - what drips into this cup and drains out back the hole in your refrigerator wall and into a long drain tube extending down into the drip pan at the bottom of your refrigerator, usually sits ontop of the compressor or in newer systems next to the condenser fan and evaporates. If this drain tube is plugged up with debris water will backflow back into your fridge and drip against the wall and under your cripsers.
During a defrost cycle (when you hear the sizzling sounds and all motors are off, open the door and you should notice water dripping.
If you can manually remove the cup yourself you can pass a piece of pipe cleaner or long cable and dislodge whatever is blocking it or if you can't do that you will need to have it serviced, sometimes there is a seal around base of the plastic tube it's best you don't touch or break it. Makes ure the cup is firmly connected and inserted into the hole, you can try raising the fridge a bit, the front part so it is slightly inclined to back. If all fails, have it serviced, it is a very simply problem easy to repair and common too.
Posted on Aug 24, 2009
Is there an ice maker in the freezer? If so, check all fittings, otherwise, this is condensation, which is VERY common & is actually expected, especially in summer months. There should be a small hole in the bottom, center, under the crisper drawers, make sure that it is not blocked up. The condesation (water) that builds up goes through that hole into a condensation drain pan & gets cooked off by a little boxy thing (golly I forget the correct term & my husband is a refrigeration tech) that warms up or simply evaporates in to the air. The water you see is NORMAL, but your drain may be plugged up, so go have a peek to make sure it's clear, if not, just clear it out & you'll be good to go. Good luck.
Posted on Aug 29, 2009
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