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Water reservoir around compressor full and overflowing Kenmore 253

Kenmore 253 BA53028306 refrigerator with freezer above.
Water appears on kitchen floor sporadically. There is a plastic reservoir full of water wrapped around the compressor unit. Water warm and clear, no scum. I think this is overflowing at times since it is nearly full.

Is the reservoir intended to evaporate excess water? Why is it not keeping up, and how can I encourage it?

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During very humid conditions you will get this problem many times due to door on refrigerator being opened much more than normal and maybe gaskets are not as pliable as they once were. Just be happy you have this problem instead of defrost circuit not working at all as that is a very costly alternative. Just empty and check weekly.

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SOURCE: Loud banging noise and water leaking

first of all the noise is the internal compressor motor hitting the steel shell on shut down. in my experience this is annoying and not really a huge concern as far as the compressor dying any time soon. now your drain problem. i would recomend the wire or heat probe that whirlpool recomends. when your freezer defrosts the water that drips off of the coil can and will flash freeze in the drain area causing it to freeze up a peice of 10 or 12 guage solid copper wire run into the drain and wrapped around your def heater will transfer enough heat into the drain hole to prevent it from freezing up.

fwiw: whirlpool in my opinion is probably one of the best appliances on the market..

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SOURCE: water line broken for Kenmore refrigerator near compressor

Cut off a piece of line and go to a good hardware store, they can show you how to fix it. Need a coupling, and a nut and ferrel. House water line goes on one end of coupling, nut and ferrel on the broken water line on fridge. A good hardware store will be able to show you how to fix.

Posted on Aug 07, 2008


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SOURCE: Model 78182891 Coldspot with excessive water Collecting in Refrig

Most likely whats happening is you have a frozen drain for the defrost cycle. here are step by step instrutions for repair:

  • Unplug refrigerator
  • unload food from freezer
  • remove icemaker if present (there are 3 screws remove the one on the bottom and loosen the 2 on top of icemaker then lift it off the 2 screws unplug from wiring harness)
  • remove 2 screws holding rear cover in place
  • move cover to the side or remove from unit altogether
  • defrost any and all ice from bottom of freezer and aluminum drain pan that is now exposed
  • flush drain hole that you will see once ice is cleared with warm water. (sometimes I use a large syringe or turkey baster to forcefully flush hot water thru the drain tube)
  • reassemble in reverse order
Post bak if you have any questions and I'll gladly help you out Thanks Peyton

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SOURCE: Refrigerate not working freezer not working

sounds like the relay is bad replace the relay this should take care of the problem it is located on the compressor

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SOURCE: Kenmore model 253 71132105 freezer works fine but

MGPRICE Just have the answer right in front of you and nobody gives you a thumbs up! I did. This person was even smart enough to include their model number! thumbs up to them I just am curious why they never responded. Sea Breeze

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