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sixpack

09:01AM | 11/26/05
Member Since: 11/25/05
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I have a 1981-82 kenmore refrigerator model 61961. It is accumlating water on the food trays. I think the defrost drain hose may be plugged. What is the best way to unplug it and how do I access it?

DanO

10:08AM | 11/26/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
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** kenmore refrigerator model 61961 **

I'm afraid that does not look like a Kenmore fridge model number (at least not a complete one). Did you get it right off the appliance's model and serial number identification tag? That is the only reliable place the complete information will be sound.

You can find tips for locating that identification tag on your appliances at the following link:

- Model Number Tag Search

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/parts/tagsearch.cgi

** It is accumulating water on the food trays **

You mean on the selves or on the fruit and vegetable drawers or just below the drawers??

** I think the defrost drain hose may be plugged. **

That may be a good possibility if yours is a 'top-freezer' refrigerator model. You can see what areas would usually need to be accessed to correct such a condition on several different makes and designs of refrigerators at the following link:

- My fridge is leaking water, what might the problem be?

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=783

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Kenmore+Fridge

The Appliance Information Site

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sixpack

10:40AM | 11/26/05
Member Since: 11/25/05
2 lifetime posts
The 61961 is the model "type". The actual model number listed on the plate is 106. 8619682. The serial number is E24416248.

The water is accumlating in 2 places, on top of the salad/fruit drawers and on the very bottom. I have also seen the water running down the back of the refrigerator. It appeared to be coming from under the setting box. However when I removed the plastic cover plate to acces the light bulb I didn't see the source of the water.

I also checked the defrost tray under the refigerator, the tray was wet but didn't have any water accumulated in it. I also noticed a small drip coming from the drain tube.

Thanks for your information.

DanO

01:00PM | 11/26/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** The actual model number listed on the plate is 106.8619682. **

That would make it a Whirlpool built fridge and appears to be a top-freezer model.

** I have also seen the water running down the back of the refrigerator. **

That is definitely a symptom of a plugged defrost water drain on a top-freezer model. Another common possibility is maybe condensation forming on the ceiling of the refrigerator compartment and eventually dripping down. The only other thing I can think of is ice you have an icemaker installed and it is leaking but I would think that would leave a mess of ice in the freezer compartment.

** However when I removed the plastic cover plate to acces the light bulb I didn't see the source of the water. **

That's because it would be coming from the drain tough beneath the evaporator (cooling) coil in the freezer compartment.

The page I linked to previously shows one way to try and clear the drain on a Whirlpool built top-freezer refrigerator. It may not be exactly like your model but hopefully it will give you an idea what may need to be done.

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Kenmore+Fridge

The Appliance Information Site

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