Question about Roper RT18VKXKQ / RT18VKXKZ Top Freezer Refrigerator
There is water collecting in the bottom of the "fridge" and in the vegetable bins. We have taken the "floor" out of the freezer compartment and melted the ice that formed there once when this happened and it seemed to solve the problem at the time. However, the problem has returned. What should we be doing. Problem with bottom of refrigerator getting water pooling in it and freezing. This is a Roper refrigerator with top freezer, that is about 8 - 10 years old. Problem has just started within the past couple of weeks. The water is dripping down the back of the refrigerator from the freezer and gathering at the bottom of the fridge under the drawers, and eventually icing.
If water appears on the floor in front of the refrigerator once or twice a day, it could be due to a clog in the defrost drain tube. The usual evidence of a clogged drain in a side-by-side refrigerator is ice under the bottom basket in the freezer compartment, in addition to a puddle of water on the floor. Try watching the YouTube videos like this one:
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If this is a top mounted freezer the drain under the evaporator in the freezer section is iced up. You will need to take the back panel in the freezer off, to get to the evap. Defrost the ice with boiling water, then a heat probe will need to be attached to the defrost heater and down through the drain hole, There is a kit for this procedure.part # 819043
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
Hi: I'll assume this is should be a frost free freezer. If so the defrost drain is clogged and the water isn't getting to the evaporator pan. Without knowing the specifics although it sounds like a top freezer. Look for a drain below the evaporator coils. The will be in the back of the freezer behind a panel. Some models have a drain hose behind the ref. Use a strong solution of clorox and water to clean it out. The parts list or diagram of the fridge will help you find the drain. If you don't have it enter your model no. at sears.com parts direct. I hope this helps, Jeff
Posted on Jun 03, 2009
Hi, The defrost drain behind the rear freezer panel is plugged. Remove the rear panel and clear the ice away from the drain. Then you will need to flush the drain hole with hot water to make sure it is open.
Some models require an after market drain heat kit.
Please get me your model # and I can look this up to let you know if you need that heat kit.
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
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.
Your drain tube may be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey baster will usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help.
Make sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the lower back of the freezer.
Posted on Sep 21, 2009
Remove the food and the ice maker from the freezer ( if equiped ) . Remove the rear freezer panel . Using a hair dryer , start in the middle , below the coils , defrosting , until you see the drain hole . Use hot water to help defrost the hole . Once water starts going thru the hole , use a small hose inserted into the hole , and blow thru , to remove any unseen debris in the drain line . Use an ALUMINUM solid wire , 14-16 guage , with the insulation completely off , and insert one end into the drain hole as far as possible without any force . Wrap the other end about 1 1/2 to 2 turns , around the black rod (defrost heater) , above the hole . When refrig goes into defrost , the heat will transfer from the heater , to the wire , keeping the hole from freezing up again .
Posted on Jan 22, 2010
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