For a while now we have had water leaking from under the freezer. Now the fridge seems to have water running down the back collecting in the bit at the bottom and instead of going out through the pipe it is dropping on to floor of fridge. outlet pipe is clear. any ideas.
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Re: water leaking from freezer and fridge
Need to see if the drain if frozen over. Will have to take back panel in freezer off to verify. This is usually the cause. If it is frozen over run hot water down drain until all ice is gone. If the defrost heater is close enough to the drain you can install what is called a heat probe that attaches to the heater and sticks down into the drain hole which helps prevent this problem.
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Something to try....on the back wall of the fridge nearer to the top is a little cup like part sticking out. There is water in it but it usually runs down an attached tube inside back wall and ends up under the fridge and gets evaporated. If that tube or the little cup thing is plugged then it will drip in the fridge and collect on the inside bottom of the fridge. So the trick is to clean them out. Check it out ...may solve the problem.
Most times this is a plugged defrost
drain system. The defrost heater in the freezer section melts the frost and
changes it to water, this water is suppose to flow down a drain system. If this
drain system is restricted or plugged the water will leak inside the
refrigerator. The drain system starts in the freezer section with a tray built
under the evaporator coil. The water is funneled through a small hose into acupin the
top middle of the fresh food section ( not on all models, but this is the most
common way ), from there, the water is directed out the back wall to adrain
down the back of the refrigerator into a condensing tray. The heat created
under the fridge makes the water evaporate and disappear. Some of thecups( in the
top back of the fresh food section ) can be removed for cleaning. A turkey
baster can be used to help clean out the drain system. Fill the baster with hot
water and "blast" it into the drain hose to help flush it out. A
piece of wire or pipe cleaner can also be pushed into the drain hoses to help
clean then out. On a S x S style of fridge the drain system is in the bottom
back of the freezer section and often you will have to remove the evaporator
cover to access thedrain
clean this out in the same manner as previously mentioned, but because of the
water leaking into the freezer instead of the fresh food section you will have
to remove the ice build up to clean out the drain system.
If in case the water is leaking on the floor then:-- There are several things to check for. The condensing defrost tray under the fridge can crack or develop a hole and leak onto the floor. A door gasket not closing properly may cause sweating and leak onto the floor. If your fridge has developed a frost free failure problem, often the frost will travel down the suction line at the back of the fridge and drip water on the floor. The heat exchanger tubing can separate and also sweat and drip on the floor. Ice maker and chilled water fill lines can crack and leak as well, this is fairly common with the plastic lines as they can dry out and crack. Unplug the unit from main power outlet and empty whole unit and keep both the doors open and then connect the power after 24 hours and recheck.This procedure is called manual defrost reset.If this helps then its OK,but if this procedure not helping then its the faulty defrost unit and it needs to be replaced. You can get required parts fromwww.repairclinic.com Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this
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the bottom tray/salad compartment will always get a fair amount of condensation because they are glossy plastic(bathroom paint is matt)the only "cure" is kitchen towel under the tray and remove once a week.as for the drain it is normally at the back and does collect a fair amount of "moss"in the tube,pour some clorine bleach down to clear any out.the design of the shelves directs the side/back condensation down the drain.
Good day, On some of the older models when the refrigerator went thru it's automatic defrost cycle, the condensate water ran down the back wall, under the crispers and out that drain plug you described. You can verify if that is your model by looking at the back wall of the machine. If there is no drain tube running down the back, then that is the model you have. If that is the case, just remove the plug. The water should run directly into the drain pan. Clean the plug and opening and that's it.
Well for one thing that unit was manufactured 10 years ago. But it sounds like the defrost drain is clogged and the water is running down the inside of the unit. The evaporator (not condenser) is on the bottom of the freezer compartment. The bottom panel of the freezer comes out. They are a bit of a pain to do, but can be done.
If everything else on the refrigerator seems fine (freezing and refrigerating are fine), then you probably have a problem with the drain hose under the evaporator coil. On frost free freezers, there is a heater that comes on periodically to melt off all the frost on the evaporator coil, and that defrosted frost (water) goes out a drain hose and collects in a pan at the back of the unit where it can evaporate.
Either the drain is clogged with ice inside the freezer, (in which case you might notice ice building up on the bottom of the freezer, or perhaps water collecting on the bottom of the refrigerator if your freezer is on top) OR there is something wrong with the pan at the back of the refrigerator, like a crack, or it somehow got tilted so that the water pours out. It is located behind the panel on the back.
Or perhaps, and this would really ****, the water line that supplies your ice maker is leaking, if you have one. If you do have one, I would recommend turning the water line to the fridge off before pulling the fridge out.
My Whirlpool has been filling the bottom under the crispers with water and leaking out the vents (?) from the freezer down into the fridge compartment. I finally caught it today being rather loud, probably in a defrost cycle, and it was positively POURING in the fridge. After some more research on this site I removed the freezer bottom tray (1/4" ratchet needed) and found a layer of 1/2" thick ice under the tray. My guess is the drain hole iced up. Removed all the ice from under the tray and on the metal drain run in the back (danger, seemed sharp) and put it all back together. I didn't try to pour hot water down the drain yet, thinking positive thoughts that the drain itself isn't iced all the way to the tray near the floor. Will watch it carefully.
Sounds like a blocked defrost drain. By "American" I presume you mean side-by-side.
I had a similar problem with a freezer-on-top style Samsung. The solution to that was to defrost the freezer, remove the false backing plate in the freezer (required removal of the ice cube tray. the panel just pops out with a bit of pulling). The drain hole beneath the freezer coils was blocked with ice. This drain passes down into the fridge and then out the back of the fridge into the evaporation pan next to the motor. There is a collector pan under the freezer coils, this and the drain hole were filled with ice. When the freezer goes into its self-defrost cycle the water collects here and then overflows into the fridge.
I removed the ice with hot water/vinegar mixture (so it doesn't re-freeze immediately) and simultaneosuly used a bit of chiselling with a screwdriver to clear the drain plug. I did this from inside the fridge working up the drain hole into the freezer. The whole job took about an hour.
King, you probably have a defrost drain port that is frozen over. When the unit goes into defrost it's running through the air damper instead of going out the drain line. Therefore you get water into the refrigerator section. You can verify this by removing the evaporator cover in the freezer and checking the drain hole. You can clear it by running hot water into it. You will have to remove all the built up ice from water that did not drain in that area...Catriver..post back.