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Water pooling at bottom of fridge

We have a fridge/freezer. Freezer at the bottom. Water is pooling in the bottom of the fridge and we are getting ice build up in places on the back of the fridge also. I have defrosted the freezer recently and this has made no difference. There appears to be a drain beneath the radiator that is full of water and looks as if this could be blocked. The biggest lump of ice though is on the back bottom right hand corner of the fridge. Any ideas? Fridge seems to be an ok temperature.

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  • emmacarlile Mar 10, 2009

    Have put the incorrect model and didn't know how to change it...our fridge is a Fisher & Paykel Fridgidaire Cyclic (Bottom Freezer).
    Emma Carlile


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Krazytech
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SOURCE: Kenmore Refrigerator Mod 70162990

It is under the evaporator you will have to remove the back cover... let me know if you want to do it and I will step you thru it...

Posted on Sep 01, 2008

docjohn174
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hi thanks for the question the drain from the freezer to the drain pan is clogged up now with these new fridges the drain hose goes between the outside and inside wall of the fridge so the only way to clear the drain is to shut the fridge down with the doors open to allow the ice to thaw buy yourself a small plastic hose from hardware store and after it has thawed go to the drain tube at the back near the drain tray and blow into the tube to clear this should solve your problem thanks the appliance doc

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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take out everything and at the lower inside back of the freezer you have a drain ..... pour hot water till it opens / the water comes from you evap when it goes into defrost and it cant get out the drain / Larry

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

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You need to remove the bottom two baskets, or more to make space. Using a hairdryer, defrost the back area. You should be able to locate a drain hole in the center below the freezer coils. This drain hole is connected on the outside to a drainpipe which has a p trap and often gets blocked up. You need to force water down the drain hole. You can use a turkey baster or similar type of plunger filled with water. Once you have cleared the blockage pour hot water till it runs freely. Hope this sorts your problem, don't forget to rate me.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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SOURCE: Ice building up in fridge


If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.
How to check stuff>
http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.


Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

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