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During the cooling cycle, moisture in the compartment air freezes on the evap coils. During the defrost cycle, the ice melts and drips down. This is totally normal. There should however, be a drip pan and drain to control where the water goes.

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Water is leaking from under the fridge


If your chest refrigerator is showing signs of age, it may begin leaking. There are a few methods for troubleshooting faulty refrigerator but knowing some of the obvious signs of why it might leak can be very useful if you need to fix it yourself. Leaking is not limited to older models so be aware that certain maintenance procedures can help prevent leaks in newer models.

Understanding Changeable Parts Prior to Troubleshooting
There are not that many serviceable or changeable parts inside a refrigerator. A refrigerator works on a very simple basis. It contains evaporator coils, condenser coils, a compressor, a compressor overload, a relay and a thermostat. These are the basic moving parts of a refrigerator but some of them are not serviceable.

The condenser coils condense the water and the evaporator coils disperse excess water caused by the freezing process. The compressor is a heating component which compresses excess water and recycles it through the system.

Remove the contents of your refrigerator and place them in an alternative area to keep them frozen. Unplug and defrost your chest refrigerator before you do any troubleshooting or maintenance. Wipe and clean the inside of the refrigerator so that when you plug it back in it, will free of any grime or loose bits of debris. A clean refrigerator will also help to promote visibility when it comes to fixing leaks.

Where is the Leak?
Once you have defrosted your refrigerator, you need to establish which part of the refrigerator the leak is coming from. It could be coming from the inside of the refrigerator and this would indicate a thermostat issue. Alternatively, it could be coming from the freezing unit at the back of the refrigerator. Water always finds a way to escape so your leak could be restricted to one place but the actual cause could be elsewhere. Locate the drain tube which is normally found at the back of the refrigerator. You will probably have to unscrew or un clip the backing panel.

Check the Drain Hole
If the drain hole on your refrigerator has become blocked for any reason, you will need to clear it thoroughly to continue getting the best performance from your chest refrigerator. The drain hole is a component within the lower works of the refrigerator through which excess water runs to be recycled.

Compressor Issues
Your refrigerator contains a compressor which evaporates the excess water from the refrigerator. The refrigerator will defrost excess ice and the water flows down the drain tube to a pan where the heat of the compressor evaporates the water. If your compressor has failed, the leak will be caused by the water failing to evaporate. Have a repair contractor replace your compressor or, if this is not cost-effective, you may need to buy a new refrigerator.

If your refrigerator is not freezing at all and is dispersing water in several places, you may well have a thermostat failure. Check that your refrigerator is cycling correctly prior to making changes or altering the thermostat. Only if the refrigerator is not cycling are you likely to need to change the thermostat. If you have checked all the parts of your refrigerator and you still cannot locate the leak, calling in a service technician might be the best answer.

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I have water coming from under my fridgefreezer on the right hand side i have checked that the inside drain is clear and that the f/f is stood level the bottle at the back is really hot

the bottle at the back is the compressor, which is normally quite warm. The water from the drain should be emptying into a evaporation tray,heat will then evaporate the water. If this tray is full then the water is not being evaporated. This indicates that the fridge freezer has a refrigerant leak. This leak will need to be repaired and the refrigerator regassed to solve the problem

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The water is coming from the evaporator coil during defrost. The water is supposed to get caught in a pan and then down a hose to another drip pan where it can evaporate from the heat off the compressor. I would check the pan under the evaporator and where the hose connects to it. The hoses fall off all the time.
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Water pan overfills trying to figure out if the mechanisms to help the water evaporate is malfunctioning.

Sounds as if your evaporator fan may be your solution. Unless you have a leak in the water line/s. Check to see where the water is coming from then you will know.

Dec 16, 2009 | Viking DDSB483 Side by Side Refrigerator

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Frigidaire refrigerator has water coming out underneath, there's no water under the refrigerator, the freezer was left open and was iced over. Now the freezer is not iced over and the water is gone.

You should have an evaporator tray under the refrigerator. A certain amount of condensate is to be expected during the cooling cycle and it drips into a collector tray under the refrigerator. Heat from the compressor causes this condensate (water) to evaporate. If the tray has come out of place, or is missing or damaged, the water will not collect in one spot to evaporate and will run out under the refrigerator. Also, if the automatic defrost cycle for the freezer is not set correctly or is malfunctioning, that may also cause an overabundance of condensate to be produced and it can overflow the condensate tray. If this has been helpful, please rate me accordingly. Thanks and good luck.

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Water pooling and freezing in bottom of freezer. I've shut the valve so no water is going to the ice maker but water still collects. I can't figure where the water is coming from. Can you help? Thanks!

Sounds like the drain from the freezer evaporator coil is plugged causing the condensate to overflow and fill the bottom of the freezer then refreeze. Most freezers have a drain line from the evaporator to the bottom of the refrigerator leading to a collection pan to allow evaporation of the condensate. You may be able to access the evap condensate pan by removing the rear panel of the freezer. I can not say for sure without the specific model of the unit in question.

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Frozen water in bottom of freezer

Every ten to twelve hours your refrigerator activates a heating element around the evaporator to defrost the accumulation of frost that develops on the evaporator. Behind the back panel there is an evaporator pan it has a rubber grommet with a hole in it this is your defrost drain hose it is clogged. Unplug or switch refrigerator off at breaker panel, remove panel covering evaporator area (rear panel in freezer), use a hair dryer or hot water to unclog defrost drain a turkey baster works well to make sure the hose is unclogged.
the water that drains down this hose accumulates in the defrost drain pan in the base of the refrigerator under normal operation the heat from the refrigeration system evaporates this water. The drain pan has a limited capacity so do not poor more than 20-20oz of hot water down the hose after you unclog it. If you poor to much it wont hurt anything just make a mess youll have to clean up.

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Your unit was in defrost mode (happens once a day) and ice that built up over the previous 24 hours was melting and draining down a drain line to a pan under the unit so it will evaporate. This is how freezers stay " Frost free ". The water in the pan under the unit will evaporate by itself. Have a great day!


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