Question about Refrigerators
It is normal for water to run from the freezer to the bottom of the refrigerator during the automatic defrost cycle. But it is supposed to run into a catch pan and be evaporated by the hot air being pulled over it by the small evaporator fan on the bottom of the unit.
If water is not going into the catch pan, and instead is running out of the evaporator down the side of the liner, it will most likely end up on the floor instead of in the catch pan. If this is the case, drain your line could be stopped up with an accumulation of algae. To clean it out, find the drain plug in your freezer and pour a cup of diluted bleach into it. Pour it very slowly, because if the line is completely stopped up, it will not seep out and thus cannot get to the point of blockage.
If the drain is completely blocked, try using a can of compressed air (like is used to blow off computers and such), forming as tight a seal as you can between the air tube and the drain. If this fails, it might be time to call the repairman.
There is one more thing that might give the appearance of water 'leaking' and that is if the condenser fan is not properly pulling air over the drain pan to dry up the water from a self-defrost cycle (which normally occurs every 24 hrs). In this case, cooling will also be severely affected, since insufficient air flow over the condenser coils will make the condenser far less efficient.
Finally, and maybe you shoud try this first if you're sure the drain line is not stopped up: CLEAN THE BOTTOM COILS of dirt and lint accumulation. I can't tell you how many refrigerators I've worked on that needed nothing more than to have the condenser coils in the bottom of the unit cleaned. Restricted air flow over these coils is THE number one cause of refrigerator inefficiency or failure. By a HUGE margin.
Posted on Jun 28, 2009
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