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Kenmore Elite refrigerator leaks water

Common reasons your Kenmore Elite refrigerator leaks water

The most common reasons your Kenmore Elite refrigerator leaks water are a clogged defrost drain, locked compressor or a defective water valve.

  • 30%

    30% of the time it's the
    Defrost Drain

  • 24%

    24% of the time it's the
    Compressor

  • 12%

    12% of the time it's the
    Water Valve

  • 34%

    34% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a Kenmore Elite refrigerator

    Defrost Drain Replacement

    When the defrost drain is clogged, frost and ice melting from the evaporator fins during the defrost cycle won’t be able to drain away, causing an overflow of water in the drain pan and leading to water leaking underneath the refrigerator. To prevent potential damage to the floor and refrigerator if leaks are noticed, have a Sears Home Services professional inspect the refrigerator to address and rectify the clogged defrost drain promptly.


    Compressor Replacement

    A locked refrigerator compressor can exhibit several symptoms indicative of a malfunction. The most noticeable sign is a lack of cooling in the refrigerator compartment, leading to elevated temperatures and the potential for food spoilage. The freezer may also fail to maintain the desired freezing temperatures, resulting in no ice production from the ice maker or dispenser. Additionally, you'll observe that the compressor is unusually silent or fails to produce its typical humming sound during operation. In some cases, the compressor may attempt to start but fail, resulting in repeated clicking noises. The inability of the compressor to circulate refrigerant properly can affect the defrosting process, leading to ice buildup in the freezer. Furthermore, a faulty compressor could send a sudden influx of melting frost to the drain line, causing it to back up, preventing adequate draining, and potentially causing water leaks.

    Water Valve Replacement

    When a water valve is defective, it impacts the proper functioning of the water dispenser and ice maker. If the water valve fails to open, the ice maker won’t receive the water necessary to produce ice, and the dispenser won’t dispense water. Additionally, a defective valve may lead to water leakage, particularly near the water valve assembly. In some instances, a malfunctioning water valve can cause the water dispenser or ice maker to cease working entirely. If the water valve fails to close, water flowing into the ice maker may leak to the evaporator and fan, subsequently freezing into a solid block of ice. This impedes airflow, compromising the proper cooling of the refrigerator and freezer compartments.

    What to expect when you experience a Kenmore Elite refrigerator leaks water issue

    How is the leaks water problem fixed?

    Correcting most leaks water problems usually involves replacing the defrost drain, compressor or water valve. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a refrigerator that leaks water

    When the refrigerator leaks water it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of refrigerator failures.

    What to look out for with a refrigerator leaks water diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your refrigerator problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

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