Model #79575196400 KENMORE ELITE Bottom-Mount Refrigerator

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Q:

Water Dispenser Leaks While In Use

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It seems as though this water leak has caused you some frustration. Then again, a water leak is never pleasant. Below I have attached some links that may provide you with some information on water dispenser leaks, from previous post. I hope these links are helpful!

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Jackie S -
March 25, 2011
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I'm sorry you are having this problem. The information you have received is good but does not pertain to this problem. This leak will normally be caused from the connection between the water reservoir and the valve. Disconnect the power and turn the water off to the unit. Now, remove the cover (# 312B in picture) in the door, to access the reservoir. First try disconnecting the reservoir from the water valve and then reconnect it. I'm attaching a picture with instructions of how this type of fitting works. Sometimes this will correct the leak. Now reconnect the power and turn the water back on. Activate the dispenser to see if it leaks now. If it does still leak, the water valve # 5221JB2005A will need to be replaced. If the leak still occurs, the reservoir # 4839JJ2005B will need to be replaced also. These parts are available at SearsPartsDirect . I hope this will help you. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
March 26, 2011
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thanks Scott. I opened her up and took a look. The only water I found was directly underneath the reservoir. None of the connectors showed any signs of leakage. The reservoir has two little feet on the bottom, and they were not in the holes that they should apparently go. I dried the area below the reservoir, closed the door, turned on water/power, and dispensed some water. When I looked at it, again the only accumulation was directly underneath the reservoir. No moisture around any of the connectors. Looks like I have a crack somewhere in the reservoir (couldn't actually see it). I've read some other posts which say that replacement reservoirs are now a coil of plastic tubing instead of the hard plastic tank. Is this true for my model as well? Any tips on replacing the reservoir will be appreciated. Thanks again.

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Jeremy -
March 26, 2011
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The reservoir # 4839JJ2005B in this model will change to a roll of tubing. It's available at the link listed below. I'm also attaching some pictures with instructions to replace the reservoir. I hope this helps you.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
March 26, 2011
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Thanks again. The instructions you attached seem to stop at removing the reservoir. can you attach something showing the coil installation? Also, these instructions involve the back of the fridge, removing the valve and electrical connections. Is all of this necessary for swapping out the tank for the coil? It almost seems as if the directions are for someone wanting to discontinue using the dispenser altogether. Is it that the coil does not require the valve? I'm fairly mechanically adept, but I must be missing something obvious here. I appreciate the help.

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Jeremy -
March 26, 2011
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When using this new reservoir, only one valve will be required. This can be a very challenging repair even for a technician. I found more instructions and attached them below. I hope this will help you. These instructions are intended for a technician and unless you feel very confident installing this new reservoir, I recommend having a technician make this repair. You can call 1-800-469-4663 to schedule a tech to come out. I hope this will help you.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
March 28, 2011
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Scott, Thanks for attaching the installation instructions. My 4839JJ2005B arrived today. Imagine my surprise when it was a tank and not a coil. So, any chance you can attach the instructions for installing the tank? I appreciate it.

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Jeremy -
March 30, 2011
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Unfortunately, there are no instructions for the tank. It will mount just like the original. Be sure to disconnect power to the refrigerator first. The illustration you have already received indicates how the water fittings work. Just remove the screw holding the tank in place and disconnect the tank at the fittings. I'm attaching a picture of the tank. I hope this will help you.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
March 31, 2011
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Hi Scott, I have a similar model refrigerator (795.75196400). I was wondering if your instructions for replacing the water tank to the coil is the same for my fridge. I called up sears parts and they said that part number 4838ja2002a (coil tank) is not the right part for my fridge and i should still get the water tank (4839jj2005b). This will be the third time I need to replace this tank. So if the coil is better, I'd rather replace it with that. Also, if I do replace it with the coil-type tank, where is the water valve since in your instructions I have to remove the one that's next to the tank? Thanks!

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Tony -
June 09, 2011
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This model still uses the reservoir tank # 4839JJ2005B but the coil # 4838JA2002B can be used. It can be a long and complicated procedure to install the coil. I'm sending pictures and instructions for the change out procedure. I hope this will help you.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
June 09, 2011
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Ice buildup in freezer and leakage beneath unit

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Ice buildup in a refrigerator or freezer can eventually lead to the refrigerator not cooling. I can understand your concern. While you wait for the expert to review this model you can check a similar post from another post if you like. I attached the link below.

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Barbara H. -
May 29, 2011
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I can understand your concern about ice building up under the drawer in the freezer. The information you have received from Barbara is very good. The drain will need to be cleared. Follow the procedure in the information you have received. The best method to clear the drain hole will be with hot water. If you would like more assistance, any additional details will be helpful and I will be glad to assist you further.

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Scott D -
Sears Technician
May 31, 2011
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We've been having this same problem. I see that this post is about 3 years old though. I was hoping to see the link that Barbara posted, but I don't see anything. Does anyone still happen to have it?

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Joseph -
June 11, 2014
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How do I access the drain in order to add the hot water? I have already removed the back panel and the freezer drawers but have still not found access to the drain.

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Bob -
March 26, 2015
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water dispenser still leaks after water inlet valve replacement 79575196400 Kenmore Elite Refrigerator

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Thank You for choosing Sears PartsDirect.com and being a valued member. It is unfortunate to hear that you are having issues with your refrigerator and I do understand your frustration. Glad to help out. I'm looking at your model number 79575196400 and it is possible that a small amount of air is trapped and causing the water to leak intermittently. Here is a link for a video that may help with additional troubleshooting. Just click the blue link above to be taken to the page. I trust this information will help you.

 

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SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact Sears for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
January 06, 2015

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