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Fridge leaking oil on the bottom right side

I have a Frigidaire GLRS237ZA that is around 4 yrs old and I notice a strange noise when I would get ice then a couple of days later I notice that an oily sticky black substance was leaking out the bottom of the fridge. It was on the right side of the fridge close to the front. At first I thought it was syrup spilling from inside the refrigerator because it was sticky and it had the same color as syrup. But I notice that the syrup was not leaking so I cleaned it up and left to the store. When I got back I notice that everything in the fridge was melting so I cleaned out the refrigerator and check to see if the compressor was running, everything seemed fine and I notice after a couple of hours everything was cold again. Then the next day I notice that it was leaking again in the same place. So far the refrigerator seems to be working fine, everything is still cold I am just concerned that there may be something wrong with the compressor. Can someone please help? Thanks, Mike

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  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2008

    Refrigerator leaking oily substance from the bottom.

  • Marcus Z Sep 21, 2008

    Product: Amana ABB1927DE (Bottom Freezer).



    This product is two years old and the fridge has a plastic tray in the back bottom of unit below the compressor and fan. I assume this is to catch any potential leaking compressor or sealed system oil. The tray contained some dark syrupy oil that smelled very bad. I could not find a way to easily remove the tray so I wicked the substance up with absorbant tissue. The next day the tray contained 1/8 inch more tan liquid and again I am wicking this up. No other fridge symptoms are present yet. What is going on with this relatively new refridgerator?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    my fridge isabouttwelve years old has been working ok. yesterday I noticed it wasn't staying cold the inside light is on but its not making a noise to let you know it is running I have turned it off for a few hours and cleaned it then turned it on again but nothing

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OK, usually if you see an oily substance that you are sure is not from the fridge contents it's oil from the sealed system. When a leak in the sealed system happens the refrigerant gas leaks out and the lubricating oil also leaks out. I'm afraid you may be in this situation. As the refrigerant leaks out the cooling efficientcy drops off quickly and eventually there is no cooling at all. You would have to use a refrigerant leak detector "sniffer" to locate the leak and then have a certified company repair the unit. Sadly, the cost to do a compressor replacement and leak repair is 2/3's or more the cost of a new fridge...

Posted on Jan 15, 2007

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I have a westinghouse cyclic defrost fridge and at the bottom left hand side of the cooling plate is a cover which is now accumulating ice which is not defrosting properly, it just stays there all hard and can't be removed. When it goes through the defrost cycle, this ice defrosts a little causing it to leak in the fridge. What is causing this hard block of ice?

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