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Frigidaire Side-By-Side Refrigerator Leaks Water on Floor

A couple times a day, water is in the front of my refrigerator. First I noticed a sound coming from the fridge like a hose spewing water. Then i noticed water accumulating on the floor in the front of the fridge. Also, on the bottom in the inside of the freezer, there is ice on the bottom shelf(The bin is stuck to the ice). What are the causes of these problems? Is this all related?


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  • SpicyC30 Sep 28, 2008

    I thought the spewing/spraying sound I hear is a tube? The spraying water is coming from underneath the fridge. I will try your solution.

  • SpicyC30 Oct 26, 2008

    The water isn't going into the tray. So now what can I do?

  • SpicyC30 Oct 27, 2008

    There is water on the bottom of the freezer flowing out and ice. But most of it is coming from somewhere under the unit creating a large puddle of water on the floor. It accumulates quickly, like in seconds. There is also condensation on the refridgerator door.

    One thing I noticed is when I looked in the back of the bottom in the freezer(behind the basket), there is a wire coil like looking thing that turns red at times. Water( coming from in the freezer) was dripping down on the coil. Is this all related?

  • SpicyC30 Oct 27, 2008

    Where is the tube?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Fridge SR366NTs leaks all over floor constantly. Can't see where water is coming from



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I don't have the same refrigerator, but had a similar issue with a GE. Melt the ice at the bottom of the freezer. I think the water comes from the auto defrost feature. There should be a hole at the back bottom of the freezer that water would go into, and run to an evaporator pan under the refrigerator. The tube may be blocked that allows this water to drain, so it is backing up in the bottom of the freezer, and overflowing through the front bottom of the freezer to your floor.

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  • JSHarper1 Sep 28, 2008

    I don't think the spraying noise is water spraying from a tube - I suspect it is the sound that the auto-defrost cycle makes. Check the evaporator tray under the fridge to see if it has water in it (or instead looks like Mars - maybe had water a long time ago). Check the tray for cracks/leaks.

  • JSHarper1 Oct 26, 2008

    Need more facts. Is the water coming from inside the bottom of the freezer, and flowing out the front of the freezer? Was there a pool of ice at the bottom of the freezer?

    Seems like two alternatives - either the water is not passing through the tube and draining from the front of the freezer (check for blockage), or the water goes down the tube, but tube does not drain into the evaporator pan. Which is the problem? I'd bet blockage.

    If blockage - first suspect would be ice at the top of the tube - pour a cup of hot water on the inlet hole. Or go high tech, and fill your turkey baster with hot watter and squirt it into the hole. If not ice, try reaming it out with a coat hanger wire (gently, don't puncture the tube).

  • JSHarper1 Oct 27, 2008

    Maybe under the ice? Would normally be at the lowest point in the bottom of the freezer, but there could be a little ledge at the back wall of the freezer in the bottom that is supposed to catch the water before it gets to the bottom. If you need more help, look up the parts manual for your model, and look at the exploded view diagram so that you can see where ther tube runs from.


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If you have the same problem as I have, the plastic tube has a hole in it. I just pulled off the back insulation panel and ran it to find that the tube has a small pin hole. It's leaking through my floor into the basement. By the looks of it, it's been doing it for a while as the hardwood floor has lifted. Now I just need to figure out how to fix it.

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