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Re/Kenmore fridge (Model #59676519500): Icemaker making ice, but apparently leaking. Water drips (from somewhere) onto the side of the ice bin and top sliding drawer, freezes and you can't pull the drawer out, much less the ice bin. What can I try before purchasing a $10,000 part? Thanks

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SOURCE: Something is wrong with my icemaker

check supply tube behind ice maker,make sure it is lined up to feed icemaker,also you can pull it out look inside to make sure it;s not frozen inside tube or frig. wall,thanks-mike

Posted on May 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Kitchenaid Icemaker leaking in big drips on front of freezer bins

Either the inlet valve is stuck or the icemaker solenoid is shored.

Most likely the second one.


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Posted on May 22, 2009

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SOURCE: water dripping from freezer onto top shelf of fridge with ice buildup back of freezer

Hi, I can help you. The drain is plugged in the freezer section. Could I get the model #?
Some models need an after market drain heat strip added.
Please let me know and I can get you through tis.

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Posted on May 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore elite - Water dripping from freezer to refrigerator

Your refrigerator has a defrost drain blockage behind the evaporator in your your freezer compartment. Some models like yours have leak in the turns as the water leaves the freezer. I recommend that you unplug and remove the cover to the evaporator and check the defrost condensate tray below the evaporator. A wet vacuum cleaner and poring a solution with clorox in the drain will help you clean locate the leak and where the blockage may be downline.. I do have the manual on yours and can help you solve this. Some times this is a factory defect and I can help you solve the freezing drain problem. Let me know, Sea Breeze

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Posted on Jul 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Water is dripping from the freezer into the refrigerator

Hi, The defrost drain behind the rear freezer panel is plugged. Remove the rear panel and clear the ice away from the drain. Then you will need to flush the drain hole with hot water to make sure it is open.
Some models require an after market drain heat kit.
Please get me your model # and I can look this up to let you know if you need that heat kit.

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Vic

Posted on Jul 11, 2009

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