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On the frost free refrigerator water is coming from freezer down into the refrigerator going all over the top shelf

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  • jazzspencer9 Jun 27, 2009

    Our refrigerator is not hooked up for auto matic ice marker, we don't know where the water is coming from but at the back of the freezer water is frozen long there then melts down to the frige and goes all over the top shelve.

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If it has an ice maker the hose is broke.

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  • Bruce Hathcock Jun 27, 2009

    is it a frost free? if it is then there is a problem with the auto defrost or maybe a gasket allowing warm air to come in do you see any place it might be letting air come in? also is it thawing it out? be careful if it's thawing and freezing again you could get sick from it.

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My fridge is leaking water from the top shelf down to the bottom and onto the floor


You most likely have a clogged defrost drain tube in the freezer, this diverts water through the damper into the fridge section in units with the freezer on top... Remove the back wall of the freezer and look beneath the tubing and you will see an ice pad... Use a turkey baster and warm water to reveal the drain hole, then force warm water down it until it is clear... Have some towels handy. Whirlpool Refrigerator Drain Strap 819043

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Water leak from freezer? Ice on freezer floor?


Water leaks can come from may sources, this tip is designed to help with water that is from the freezer due to a defrost drain not working properly.

The Basics:

Frost free refrigerators have automatic defrost cycles. Without this automatic cycle the cooling coils would become covered in frost and the cold air could not circulate where needed. To rid the coils of frost every 8 to 10 hours a heater is activated for around 15 minutes, this is long enough to eliminate the frost but not long enough to warm the freezer temperature. During this defrost cycle the water that is created by the frost thawing is designed to flow down a drain into a pan under the refrigerator and evaporate from the heat produced by the compressor and condenser.

The Problem:

The drain that the defrost water flows down can get restricted and plug up or drain so slow it freezes. Depending on the model of refrigerator it can be a very easy fix or a bit more complex.

The Solution:

Locate the evaporator (cooling coils) they are going to be in the freezer section behind the shelves and back wall. On some side by side models you can simply remove the lower bin (drawer or shelf) from the freezer and you can see the drain opening. On most models both side by side, top mounted and bottom mounted freezers you will need to remove the panel from inside the freezer, this will require unplugging the refrigerator, removing the food and shelves and the panel behind the shelves, on some models you will need to remove an ice maker to get this panel off.

Once the panel is off you should see a tray, pan or trough that the water drips into off of the coils. In this pan will be a hole about the size of dime. This is the drain. If heavy ice is built up, you may not see it.

Be careful working around the evaporator coils, they can be sharp and also are very fragile, do not poke, chisel or pound on them. To remove the ice use hot water or a hair dryer. If a hair dryer is used be careful not to get the plastic walls of the freezer too hot. Use towels to capture the water as the ice melts, you do not want the water running on the floor.

Once the ice is gone and the drain opening is visible, take a turkey baster or syringe and squirt very hot water down the drain until the water runs down it freely. It make take a while, depending on how far down the blockage is. Have towels around the sides and front of the refrigerator to absorb any water that spills out of the pan when working on this and for a few hours after. Once the drain is clear, reassemble and enjoy a leak free refrigerator.

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Hi maabjcraft,

Have you tried clearing the drain tube?

Your refrigerator has a drain that leads to the exterior drain pan beneath the refrigerator. Occasionally this drain can become clogged resulting in standing water inside your refrigerator. A similar drain exists in the freezer, which when clogged results in ice build up on the floor of the freezer.

The drain is located either on the floor of the refrigerator, beneath the vegetable crisper, or in the wall behind a drain funnel.

Clear the drain by forcing a solution of water and bleach or water and baking soda into it with a basting syringe. If the solution will not flow through, slide a length of 1/4 inch or smaller flexible tubing into the drain tube to push the clog through to the drain pan. Remove the tubing after clearing the clog.

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The 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.
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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.

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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.

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