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Leak We have a top freezer roper refridgerator. It is leaking into the fridge part. we thought that it was the gasket around the fridge and that didn't help.. it is filling the lower part of our fridge and leaking onto the floor. the freezer is still cold and it is still making ice etc.. what could be the problem

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  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2007

    Water is leaking apparently from the freezer part

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2008

    same problem

  • crzypopmac May 29, 2008

    Same thing, lousy Roper Fridge, bartely 2 years old, only last week the bottom of the fridge was full of water, wiped it out and it started over again, thought the door was not shutting properly...NOT...door seems fine. Thought it might be the ice maker, leaking into the fridge area, but not so sure now, will ckeck out the various suggestions. Used to have a Sears-Kenmore for almost 30 years, ran fine, until the compressor blew, the ice maker was lousey, but got to the point where I could take it apart and put it back together in 30 min (before the stuff started to defrost).

  • Anonymous Jun 02, 2008

    Although it is supposed to be a "self-defrosting" model, when mine began to leak I found I had to get in there with a blowdryer. The drain hole (which is connected to the tube to the drain pan) was iced over. Hopefully defrosting the freezer will do the trick!

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Remove the interior panels of the freezer. Then use a some thing rigid to remove the ice from the bottom of the freezer. Next use a gravy baster with BOILING HOT WATER to clear the hole in the back under the defroster. Next pull out the fridge away from the wall and remove the back cardboard panel and look for the drain tube that looks like a "J" cut off the bottom of the  "J" this will help with draining. Reassmble and make sur drain hole is clear in freezzer. Next if you still have problems Find the self defroster in the freezer and CAREFULLY wrap a bare copper wire around it and stick down the drain hole to keep it clear. Then Reasssmble the freezer and you should have no problem.

Oh By the way most cooleing problems are FROM DUSTY COILS.  Find your coils Either on the back or under neath the fridg. and clean them off and your compressor will last for years

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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Removing the panel, thawing with a hair dryer and clearing the ice from the drain hole worked for me today. Before I replaced the panel on the back of the freezer I noticed water was standing in the drain tray. I got out my level and viola the refrigerator was not level. Once level the water seemed to drain. If the water does not drain completely from the drain tray it may build up overtime and eventually ice over the drain hole. Just a thought.

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OK, I took the tray out of the freezer, found the drain, and poured hot water down it until the ice melted, also tried a hair dryer aimed at the metal tube, after awhile it started draining on its own, so far the problem has not repeated itself- crzypopmac

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

  • crzypopmac Jun 26, 2014

    Turns out they sell an after market fix, but why they dont install it prior to leaving the factory is stupid, what happens is water gets in the drain tube and freezes, so the fix is a small metal part that hooks on the defroster coil and trnasfers heat to the drain tube, better solutioon, a 6in bit of copper wire wrapped aroubnd the heating coil and the other end inserted in the drain hole, cheaper too!

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By now you must have this fixed but for the next guy here is what I did. My model has no access from the back except for the very bottom. Remove cardboad back cover and on the left side there is a white plastic hose. Use compressor to blow air up it to remove ice and or clog. Before doing this remove all items and shelf from freezer and remove the three hex head screws from the back panel. If your drain has been clogged a while there may be some ice to break up and remove so the back panel can come off. Behind this cover you will have access to the small stainless steel drain pan. Poor hot water on it to melt ice as best you can then blow air on the hose to knock out the clog. At this time I do not know what caused the icing so if it happens again I'd appreciate someone else stepping up to explain how the drain line stays warm enough to aviod future icing.

Posted on Sep 15, 2008

Tell ya what you do, take out bottom tray of freezer, Ice maker (if you have one) then take back panel off freezer. Right under the coils you'll see a drip pan. Use hot water to defrost the ice off of your drip pan till you make out the drain hole. Defrost this area as much as possible. Get in behind the back of the refregerator and take the back panel ( usually cardboard)off where you can get to the drain hose hanging right over the drain pan. Using an air compressor force air up thru the drain hose and 99% of the time you blow what ever obsticle there is out.

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I think if you take the tray in the freezer out you can see the drain. Mine had a piece of plastic covering the hole , which kept it from draining properly. The tray is held in by two 1/4 " bolts.

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Drain line is clogged. when the frig defrosts the water drains through a tube down to the bottom of the frig near the compressor where it evaporates away. look on the back of the unit to see if the tube runs down the back. follow it to the end. you need to blow backwards through that tube. let me know if this helps.

Posted on Nov 01, 2007

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