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Black liquid substance puddling under right front wheel of fridge

I too have a black like liquid puddling underneath the right front wheel. It kind of smells like soy sauce. No spills inside the fridge.

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I have a 10 year old GE Monogram refrig. We noticed a small puddle of oily liquid on floor beneath freezer door. It is accumulating about 1 tsp/day.


certain amount of oil is in the compressor motor casing to stop it burning out
it is under the same pressure as the refrigerant

I would say the oil comes from that casing
you could turn the fridge off at the wall
bring the fridge out to get behind it
and degrease the area to see if the leak is severe

if it is..... needs a fridge technician

not sure
check if cost of replacing the motor compressor unit
on a ten year old ge
might be more that fridge is worth



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Nov 10, 2016 | GE Refrigerators

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Leaking under neath front of refrigerator


Usually any defrost water sits in a plastic pan and evaporates away in normal operation. If the pan becomes brittle it cracks and leaks water. Pull the fridge out and look on top of the black pot (compressor) Is there a plastic drain pan sat on top of it?
Sometimes if the fridge is working hard a lump of ice can form on the pipework going back to the compressor which melts causing some water at the front of the fridge.
Lastly, the insulation under the fridge may have broken down, allowing condensation to form and drip. If the drain was blocked, the water would be inside the fridge, not underneath.

Apr 20, 2012 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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Bosch fridge freezer: Oil substance- like corn oil/ olive oil - puddle of this appearing on floor under freezer section. cannot find any source for this. Is it likely to be a leak from the black tank unit...


The oil like substance could be coolant, but it could be something else. If the compressor has developed a leak you won't have that long before it goes, and you will notice the compressor getting hotter and hotter before it just totally locks up.
BUT are you sure that the oil like substance is coming from the compressor and not the coolant line? If it is the coolant line that can be repaired and the unit charged with coolant as long as the compressor hasn't locked up due to low coolant. SO I would attempt to localize the leak the best you can.

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Car is running hot and the heater quit working. i have a thick oily substance in my radiator resservoir. this car is a 1999 Saturn sl. in the radiator reservoir it has a brownish thick liquid and when the...


Sounds like a head gasket, the oily substance is actually oil. Do not drive the vehicle, at some point a $1000 repair will into $3000 repair when the engine seizes.

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GE Profile leaking onto floor


Clean the drain pan and drain line in the back of the freezer section behind the cover underneath the evaporator coil. (hint: use turkey baster with hot water) Make sure water drains when you pour it in. If it doesn't - also clean drain tube on the back of the unit behind the cover. When done - put the tube exactly where it was.
Good luck! :)

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I keep walking into my kitchen to find a strange little puddle of water near the front left of the fridge. cannot find a trail from under the fridge so i have no idea where it's coming from. is there a pan...


could be the defrost pan / ck it for crackes / some times it's the water valve leaking through . due to water pressure changes . put a paper towel in disp and see if it gets wet at night . and if you have a large dog that drinks from it at night this also could be the problem ( ha ha // ) but it has happened .mm

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Fridge and freezer not getting cold.


Is the yellow substance oil? I need the sears model number also for example 312.65989 That way I can picture just what you have on this end. Sea Breeze

Feb 21, 2010 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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A leak from the fridge


Without knowing a bit more about the black fluid it is hard to guess where it could come from - in a fridge there should be no black fluid and the only oils are mixed in with the refrigerant so the fridge will not be working if any noticeable amount is leaking out, as the gas will leak out as well. As you mentioned, the most likely liquid is water from inside the fridge or condensation from inside or outside that has bacteria growing causing the blackness. this sort of water may usually only be in the water tray at the back but there are many possibilities of it leaking out somewhere else - only way to check is to get the fridge running, up on four chairs or a VERY strong glass table so you can see where it is comning from. Another possibility is that there is some insect, plant or rodent factor - the moist warm space under a fridge is quite popular and they can produce their own liquids and also especially rodents cause unpredictable holes and damage all over the place. also can only be checked by looking very closely at the source of the liquid. The last possible cause i can think of is some sort of corrosion - i have not heard of this type of corrosion with a fridge, but it is quite common on steel ships - salty humidity and chemicals (cleaners/cargo etc) reacting strangely with the paint or steel are normally blamed - just think if you get too many strong cleaning products near the bottom of the fridge and look for general condition of the paint/metal underneath you should be able to see it easily if the black fluid was in any significant quantity - there would usually be a sort of rusty look to the fluid, but not always depending on the combination of chemicals present. Where you describe the fluid coming from, sounds like it could be from the door insulation - maybe leaking through the bottom hinge holes - check that nothing is leaking into the door from inside, although condensation can easily happen in the door body itself if the insulation has separated slightly from the "skin" of the door inside. Last thing to try is to investigate the fluid itself a bit more closely - get some on a piece of kitchen paper towel or a coffee filter and then wet the paper with water also just next to the fluid- the parts of the liquid should separate out a little as the water soaks through the paper and you may just see something that looks familiar. If you get no luck post back and try to describe exactly what the fluid does smell like, without trying to imagine smells like "oil" which means nothing as they are all different and in particular fridge lubricants are relatively odourless. think of things you actually know the smell of and try and describe it in those terms - if you feel brave then it may be worth tasting the liquid - just taste a tiny tiny bit on a cotton bud/Q-tip dabbed on a few different areas of your tongue and then wash your mouth out with mouthwash straight after instead of spitting or swallowing - I know it sounds dangerous and disgusting but it is the way that many professionals identify unknown substances as taste has a much more specific "database" in the brain than smell has. just be sensible. Hope this helps - post back if not - photographs may help if you have a digital camera, especially of the coffee filter test if you get round to it :) Good luck

Jun 22, 2007 | Kenmore 64802 Top Freezer Refrigerator

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