Question about Kenmore 18.3 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator w/Through-the-Door Water Dispenser

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Water dripping inside fridge

Inside the refigerator, there is water accumulating towards the back of the shelves. it looks like it is coming from the vents in the back of the fridge. it also ends up accumulating under the crispers. Water was dripping onto the top, lower and bottom of interior or unit. Located a line on back of unit. Not sure if it was for the ice maker which I don't have connected or if it was the drain line. I used high pressure air gas duster from Staples to try to unlodge any ice particles in this line. Also used hair dryer to try to unfreeze anything in the line. Now I only have dripping on one side not both. I must have done something right. But not sure. I've discovered water accumulating under the crispers, some of the water has frozen. I noticed water dripping from the bottom of the temperature control unit, so I thought perhaps I had blocked the fan in the freezer. I moved everything away from the fan so air could circulate, but I've still had to mop standing water out of the bottom of the fridge about once a week. I bought the fridge 7 years ago and I think it was new then, but I'm not 100% sure - I bought if from a scratch and dent retailer. It may have been slightly used or reconditioned. I've been very happy with my Kenmore, and it doesn't make any odd noises - just the drip. I know little about appliances, so any suggestions are welcome.

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  • Anonymous Jun 15, 2008

    same issue. It seems that the freezer is not defrosting properly and then the water goes t

  • Anonymous Jun 27, 2008

    I have the same issue. The water gets everywhere, and I know my landlord will try to fix it himself, even though he has no idea what he is doing. It's a magic chef fridge.

  • tori59 Jul 08, 2008


  • LostInOhio Jul 11, 2008

    I clean out the freezer. It has a solid sheet of ice under the removable floor. This fixes it for a month or two but then it just re-freezes and it starts again.

  • Anonymous Jul 30, 2008

    Water is leaking from somewhere (freezer perhaps) down to the fridge part on the shelves and underneath the crispers, where the water is then puddled up and freezing.  What's wrong?

  • Anonymous Aug 02, 2008

    Same problem in Whirlpool placed med bowl under vent in rear, on top shelf, that solved the mopping up under the crisper problem. Any body know how to stop the leak?

  • whiddonlk Aug 04, 2008

    Same here and with my Dad's too. I will never buy Kenmmore again. How do I fix this mess?

  • Anonymous Aug 13, 2008

    water accumulating on the bottom of the fridge, underneath the crisper. Items close to the bottom is wet also. If not kept cleaned up it would flow out the door.

  • gimmy Aug 31, 2008

    There's water dripping down to the crispers and floor of the fridge. I have to mop it up every other day.

  • jcd54 Sep 07, 2008

    Water is accumulating in freezer compartment and dripping down into fridge through the vent holes - the fan is working OK and we did not have an issue until we had the fridge moved downstairs. Fridge is only 3 years old Kenmore 18.5 cubic foot with upper freezer.

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    I have water accumulating under the crisper

  • holyrav Mar 29, 2009

    Our problem was the same as described, water under crispers.  We did what was suggested, but when my husband pulled off the black tube that the water is suppose to drain from, and blew in it, a clog blew out and it no longer dripped.  Fixed with no cost.  Try this first as I think crumb got in through the back of the freezer and made their way to the draining tube.



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OK, i see a lot of this, and on a fridge that is nearing 10 years old, its pretty normal. Now, we all know that water is leaking into the fridge section from up top because the drain is plugged that is under the evaporator.. now to fix the WHY it happened. most of the time this will happen because the fridge did not go into a DEFROST cycle for a while.. reason being one of two things... either the defrost timer has quit working, or the bimetal thermostat sensor that is clipped on the evaporator has failed. the bi-metal thermostat is usually located in the freezer behind the rear wall and looks like a round "clip on" with 2 wires coming off of it. one pic of one is here.

instructions on how to test this is shown on the link.
(just replaced mine the other day, NO MORE WATER LEAKS! =) )
hope this helps!


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Are you guys keeping items in the freezer? i've heard this can be caused by the unit working harder because it's empty or near empty...if you're single or don't keep a lot of food in the fridge/freezer try keeping a jug of water in both.
hope that helps.

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