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Kenmore refrigerator leaks water

I have a Kenmore 253.71822104 freezer over fridge refrigerator. Water is leaking on floor in front and can also sometimes be found under the two crisper bins at the bottom. Nothing else feels wet! I will check for gasket looseness per Bob Villa's site, although I'm not sure how to replace this nor do I know how to check for any other things which could be causing the problem (clogged defrost drain system).

Some other info: I have two cats and I suppose it's possible their fur may have clogged up the vent at the front bottom?...sort of doubt it, but it's possible. Also, I recall having a sticky gasket at one time (ie, the door would make sticky noises when opened/closed)....perhaps it is the gasket? Would that cause water to be found under the crisper bins? Yet, I see no droplets on the gasket itself......

I don't have the ice maker hose attached to a water supply as that had gotten crimped well over a year ago (so the ice lever has been pulled up to avoid any issues there) and had since then made sure the back of the refrigerator wasn't too close to the wall. Please help me fix this leaking issue. It started 2-3 months ago. Thanks!!

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  • Randibou Jun 25, 2009

    By this you mean, unplug the refrigerator, go inside of the freezer and remove the panel or do I do this from the back side? Sorry, I can do this, I just need really detailed instructions. Thanks!!

  • Randibou Jun 26, 2009

    Okay, wish me luck. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for your assistance!!

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You have a blockage in the drain tube, remove panel back of freezer..you will see ice build up...melt ice with hair dryer/heat gun...you will see a pan below evaporator...melt ice in pan...dry water up in pan with paper towel...now you should see a hole in pan that leads to drain tube...pour some hot water in pan..wait a couple minutes..mop up water and repeat this step 2-3 times....once you have done this find some flexible curatain wire or electrical wire..poke down the hole until you see the water drain..now it is clear..put back panel back and you are good to go. the reason you see water in the fridge is because the water has been leaking down the vent instead of the drain hole...If you need any further assistance please feel free to comment again. good luck!

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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    Mike Price Jun 25, 2009

    Go inside the freezer..take shelfs out...remove screws..take panel out..may be a ground wire attached..remove that from the panel.



    let me know if you need any more clarification :)

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Most likely you have a clogged drain. remove the back panel in freezer and you should see some ice and things clogging the drain take a hair dryer or unplug for 6 hours or better and you should be ok

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

  • Mark Nichols Jun 25, 2009

    you can get it from inside take the freezer panel off and also if you have like a long flexible small tube or hose that can easily flex you can force it from the back and clear the drain that way to

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