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Kenmore coldspot - How do you remove the ice maker box to clean

I have a kenmore coldspot / model #77292798 - It has an ice maker in the freezer compartment. Lately water has been leaking into the refrigerator comparment. My friend told me there is a box located in the refrigerator compartment that needs to be removed and the gunk cleaned out. I can see the box in located towards the back wall but need to know how to remove it so that I can clean out all the gunk. My friend said that once I clean out the box, the water will stop leaking into the refrigerator comparment. Can you help me?

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  • rayritzler Oct 05, 2008

    I have the same problem. last time i took it apart and removed all ice from the drain.It worked for a while,but it keeps doing it. my ice maker does not seem to work like it should (ice qubes are small, like not enough water to fill what ever it is it fills ). I have already changed the filter.

    Could there be something else going on besides a clogged drain hole.

    And aslo how would i know if my defroster is working. I'm thinking maybe it's letting to much ice build up in that area?

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I have the exact same Kenmore and exact same model #77292798. It's the top freezer model with ice maker. Here's what I did:

Empty everything in the freezer.
Turn water to ice maker off from source behind unit.
Remove bottom panel (two screws)
Every screw in the freezer is the exact same size. I used a screwdriver style socket and, I think
this works the best.
Remove ice maker (4 screws) and unplug from socket.
Remove rear panel (2 screws).

My freezer was loaded with ice underneath the bottom panel. The ice scraped away easily. There is a tin pan underneath the coils that drains toward the middle where the drain hole is. Again, my freezer was full of ice beneath this tin pan and, I had to scrape away. You may be tempted to try and remove the coil because it would be easier to get to drain hole. I tried this and, it did no good. Don't try it. Once all the ice was scraped away, I realized that the drain hole was plugged with ice. I used boiling hot water and used a squeeze bottle to pour the hot water into the drain hole. I then wrapped a paper towel around a thin screwdriver and used that to soak up the now cold water in the drain hole. After doing this a dozen times or so, the drain finally cleared.

Then, reassemble. This was a much easier task than I thought it would be and, will take care of it much quicker next time.

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Hi Cincygrl,
Well lets see, I believe you have a whirlpool made kenmore, Your model numer should start with 106.
The problem you are having is from our drain. When you freezer defrosts the water should drain down a tube and under the refrigerator into a pan. If the tube gets clogged it will leak water into the freshfood section. To clear the drain you will need to remove everything from the freezer and remove the inside back panel in the freezer. in the center bottom under the coils and the heater you will see a tiny hole. That is your drain. If it is frozen over you will need to defrost the ice or you may need to run a smaller tube into it to clear it of an obstruction. I use a small rubber hose and I just insert it into the hole and blow on the other end. If you have something in it, it should blow out. If it does not then it may have ice in it and you can pour hot water into the drain and defrost it. Once clear you should not have any further problems. But they do make a drain heater probe to keep ice from forming inside the drain. You can get one for about $6.00. Good luck and I hope this helped you. mca0824@aol.com

Posted on Apr 30, 2008

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