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Kenmore 5842 side by side crapped out - approx. 9 years old - garage fridge

Woke up yesterday to water all over the garage floor. lights were on, door were closed, motor was running and blowing "un-cold" air in both freezer and fridge. any idea where I can start troubleshooting?

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  • rlinn Mar 12, 2008

    woke up yesterday to water all over the garage floor. lights were on, door were closed, motor was running and blowing "un-cold" air in both freezer and fridge. any idea where I can start troubleshooting?

  • rlinn Mar 12, 2008

    Thanks for the tip...When we noticed the issue, we emptied the fridge and unplugged it about 24 yours ago. So hopefully the ice would have melted by now in that drain. So I will plug it back in when I get home and see what happens. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

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I can offer a suggestion. It sounds like you have a plugged defrost drain line. This is where the water goes to in the bottom of your freezer when it goes through the defrost (removal of ice from the freezer coil) cycle. It sounds like that hole is plugged and now the water/ice has now frozen in the vent that lets air circulate down into your refrigerator compartment. What I usually do in this case is to unplug the refrigerator, empty out the freezer compartment. Usually I also end up either pulling off the back panel or the bottom panel (in the freezer compartment) Looking for that defrost drain hole and thawing it out with a heat gun (be careful of melting plastic) or actually I use a hair dryer. I can sometimes do this also by pouring small amounts of HOT tap water onto it and then sopping/absorbing it away with a sponge or dishcloth. I repeat this until I get the water to go down the drain tube

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    eagle338 Mar 12, 2008

    You are welcome anytime..

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