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Kenmore refrigerator 253.60603411 leaking water inside fridge


Premium Member
Oct 15, 2021
Model Number
Sears Kenmore
1-5 years
Hello - our kenmore fridge is badly leaking water. Appears to be dripping down from the light fixure in fridge. I've checked the drain tube at the bottom back of fridge and it's not clogged. Other ideas what could be causing this? Thanks!
Is there any water in the drain pan in the back of the refrigerator?

Here's the drain pan for your model:
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Hi - there is just a little water - not much it's pretty dry. Do you think the drain plug at the back of the freezer is where the problem resides? Thanks for help!
Yes, take everything out of the freezer and remove the back panel from inside the freezer and your defrost drain hole/line is directly underneath the evaporator coil, in the drain trough.

Here's the parts diagram, once you have the back panel off from inside the freezer:
#15 is your evaporator coil
#17 is the drain trough

I use a evaporator cooler spider snake to run down that defrost drain hole: https://www.azpartsmaster.com/products/24-evaporative-cooler-flexible-spider-snake_913

They are used basically in Arizona to clean out the water pump tubes that run to the cooler pads.

I don't know if they would sell them in your area, but if you go to your local hardware store, they should have something similar to run down your drain to clean it completely out.

Then run hot water and a little bleach down the defrost drain hole.

That should fix it for many years to come.

Hi Jake - Well I finally got around to taking a look at this and per your instructions I removed the back panel and looked at the drain hole under the evap coil - it was clear. Ran some water through it and it came out fine at the back rear of the fridge in the drain pain.

Upon closer inspection it appears the problem is with the hole that the back panel sits in at the rear of the freezer. Water is leaking from this onto the light in the fridge and running down from there.

Do you have any suggestions on how to resolve this? I'm not sure what the fix would be it looks like a build/design flaw to me.

Thanks again!
That's very odd, sounds like the drain hole in the control box is semi-clogged, you will need to lower down the control box inside the refrigerator section and see.

Here's the control box for your model:

Thanks Jake. Are there instructions anywhere for how to lower the control box? There seems to be some sort of locking mechanism that keeps it in place that I cant figure out.

Appreciate the help!

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