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    Default [FIXED] Water supply tube broken behind refrigerator

    Model Number: 106.53554201
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 6-10 years

    So our ice maker and water dispenser broke a couple weeks after the warranty expired on our Kenmore Elite refrigerator. We've been making do with bottled water and ice cube trays since. It's been a few years now and I decided to open it up and take a look. It didn't take long to see the source of the problem was a water supply line that was broken. Water still pumps through this line and spills all over the place when you hit the water dispenser. This vinyl seems prone to drying out and getting very brittle, especially when exposed to the heat back there. I couldn't find a diagram of the water tubing for these refrigerators, so I figured I'd ask here. The tube (as you're looking at it from behind) goes from a manifold on the right side up into the fridge on the left side. Anybody know where that tube goes and how to replace it?




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    Yes, the plastic water line that broke there goes inside your refrigerator section to the tubing coil reservoir#19.

    The Sears site is down for maintenance tonight so I'm using this parts diagram which is basically the same as your Kenmore.



    Its located behind your crisper's.

    You just undo the water line from were each connect back there you see in the photo, to the water inlet valve on the right side in your photo, the blue valve where your copper water line hooks up to. Just unmount that blue water inlet valve and you can remove the plastic water lines to where each on those 2 go.

    Here's the coil reservoir for your model you can order here:
    Manufacturer's Number: 2256126

    2256126

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    Dude, you're the man. That's exactly what it is. Took out the crispers and there's the big coil of tube. This is nice because both ends of the tube are getting brittle from whatever that is that's so hot over by there. I think I should insulate the tubing where it passes from under the fridge through that divider. Any reason not to?

    Thanks again. I'll order the tubing tonight.

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    Yes, you would think there would be some sort of insulation from the heat, but none have insulation.

    The reason for the extra heat is likely your condenser coil underneath your refrigerator is clogged with lint/pet hair and that fan can't cool it properly. So you'll need to vacuum your condenser coil from the front, behind your front bottom kickplate. and vacuum all that lint back in the back there as well.

    Just open both refrigerator and freezer doors, then pull that kickplate grill off, PULL HARD it just unsnaps.

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    Ya the first thing I did was pull that thing off. I don't think we've ever cleaned it. Even once cleaned, it's still plenty hot by that motor back there, so I'll wrap it in something to prevent this. This broke almost exactly 1 year after we got our fridge, so it doesn't take long.

    I got the reservoir removed and then pulled off and set aside that little compression fitting, so I'm good to go.

    Just ordered the tubing.

    Thanks again. And I'm not sure I won't be back because I think I remember the ice maker breaking before the water dispenser broke. I guess I'll know in a couple days.

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    Ok, yes keep us posted.

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    Got the replacement tubing today, hooked it all up, and now have water. Thanks again.

    Of course, it's still not dispensing ice, but that's a story for another thread.

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    Ok, sounds good about your coil reservoir installation success.

    I'll get with you on the other thread.

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