Freezer Defrosts and contents thaw causing water on floor
WHen I leave town for a few days I come home to water all over the floor, ice (from icemaker) is thawed a leaks down through thawing food and out through the seal onto the floor. This has heppened 3 times and all 3 times I have been gone for 2-3 days each time. Thats the only time it happens. Any suggestions? I just replaced the icemaker for the second time about 2 months ago.
Re: Freezer Defrosts and contents thaw causing water on...
This problem will probably get worse with time. I had the same problem. After much trial and error I managed a repair that had I known, would have been solved for $42.00. The offending part is called the temperature control unit. It is located behind the light panel in the refrigerator section. (right side) The part number is Wpl 61005651. To install this takes patience and some dexterity. Anyone male or female can do it if you're reasonably handy. Remove the cover panel gently pulling the front down. The reach back with both hands and press in the rear while pulling the whole thing forward. you may want to remove the two top shelves to give yourself space. Now with the innards exposed you will need to remove five screws that attaches the assembly to the refrigerator. To do this you can remove the four screws in the top first. 2 Phillips head and two 1/4 inch hex head then finally removing the 1/4 inch hex head screw in the rear. The whole assembly will now tilt down. Gently unplug it from the two electrical connector attachments. reach over and pull the curled end of the temperature probe from the hole on the left that extends into the freezer. (it is not attached to anything) Now with the whole assembly loose move it to a comfortable work area. The temperature control unit is located under a plastic housing on the right side facing the unit or conversely, the left facing away. Reach under the assembly and pop the housing from the main unit. it is slotted into four holes. by simply pressing the hooks inwards and pushing up, presto. Uncurl the wire probe from its track paying attention so as to reuse the same route for the new. Remove the three electrical wires by pulling them gently straight off the pins. Make special note of which goes where; not too hard as there are only three. The housing is now in your hands. Unscrew the one screw holding the cover on then pop the temperature control unit out. Be sure to set trident fork unit on top in the same position as the old. I set mine to one of the extremes before removing the unit at all. This is done by moving the freezer temperature lever to one side or the other before starting the replacement. Now if you've been paying keen attention to the dis-assembly the re-assembly should be a piece of cake. Install the unit, route the probe, re hook the electrical wires on their respective pins, plug the unit into the two receptacles, push the curled end of the temperature control unit into the freezer section then replace five screws and panel cover. congratulations you just saved well over a thousand dollars. If you want pictures of how its done just email me at Nrbroderick at gmail and ill gladly provide them for you. Happy fixing.
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Before next time you go shopping, unplug the refrigerator overnight and allow the ice to thaw. Clean-up the melt water with a few towels, then plug the unit back in. You should be back in business once you perform the manual defrost!
You could have a plugged drain tube under the evaporator coils(behind back freezer panel) which is causing the ice in the bottom of the freezer(when it defrosts). If it also is pluggged with ice to the air return from the refgigerator to the freezer side it will cause the problem you are having. Or you have two problems, plugged drain tube and evaporator fan not running or plugged drain tube and damper control iced up...... If you have a back-up unit, leave it unplugged for a day with the doors open to thaw out, may not help, good luck though, hope this helps
Your drain is plugged. Basically the freezer goes into defrost and melts frost off the condenser coils. A big piece most likely fell off and freezer came out of defrost before it coulld melt and drain out completely. To fix you have 2 options. Have towels
#1- move contents of fridge and freezer to a backup fridge. Leave unpluged with doors slightly opened for 24 to 48 hrs. Use towels to cleanup any water. Plug back in wait 2 hrs to make sure temp gets back down before putting contents back in fridge.
#2- Remove contents from fridge and put in ice chest. Have towels ready. Remove ice maker ( if there is one) usually two screws on top hard to see and one on bottom. Disconnect the quick connect for the ice maker. Remove screw on back wall. Be careful when removing air vent on back wall. Its plastic and can break. Remove back panel. Look on the silver plate under coils and you will see ice and where the drain is. Remove ice than pour hot hot water down drain until it flows freely into drain pan under fridge by compressor. It may look like there is not ice make sure othyerwise you will be doing this all over again in a few days. Once water flows freely put everything back together wait about 2 hrs for freezer temp to get cold enough and than you can put contents back in freezer. If you have any question or need help please feel free to comment me back.
The defrost cycle is melting ice that will not go down the drain tube in the rear of the freezer. This can be a clogged tube due to debris, organic growths or ice blocking flow. What doesn't end up dripping into the fridge ends up freezing in the freezer compartment. Make sure the fridge is level or tilted back slightly.
Unplug the fridge from power. Remove the contents of the freezer and remove the ice maker, back wall plate and floor plate in the freezer section. Remove ice build up on the floor and tray in the freezer by thawing and soaking up water. Flush hot water (use a turkey baster to get at it) at the opening of the drain hose that is connected to the tray to thaw any ice.. once flowing to the evapraor tray under the fridge, mix up 1/2 oz of bleach and 4 oz of water and pour down the tube to kill any bacteria.
Reassemble and restock the freezer. Monitor the temperature of the fresh food (34 deg) and freezer (0 deg) compartments. If you notice the temperatures start to climb, there may be a problem with the defrost timer, terminator, etc. and may require a pro's help.
There are several sources of water from within your refrigerator. The most likely source for the frequency you are experiencing, "couple of times a day", is the defrost system.
When your refrigerator defrosts, a heater that surrounds the evaporator piping behind the freezer back wall comes on which melts the frost on the coils causing the water to run into a drain below the evaporator. This drain can clog up with foreign particles accumulating in the drain. The clogging can cause the drain to spill over into the floor of the freezer and run out the door along the bottom of the freezer door through the door seal. This will usually leave an ice sheet on the floor of the freezer. If you do not have an ice sheet...the drain is not clogged.
The second method by which water ends up on the floor is a broken pan beneath the refrigerator intended to catch the water as it leaves the drain in the freezer. To test this, use a turkey baster and pump water into the freezer drain at the rear bottom of the freezer behind the wall using the holes in the wall. Watch under the refrigerator to see where the water ends up.
Performing these actions will lead you to the solution.
The coils and drain are frozen. Once you thaw them and remove the ice, your problem should go away. You can do this by simply unplugging the refrigerator and waiting for it to thaw, or you can remove the inside panels and melt/chip out the ice. Make sure you get all of it, especially in the drain.
Ice tends to build up in the drain. Then, when the freezer defrosts, the water has no place to go, so it builds up until it finally overflows and leaks out on the floor under your refrigerator.
good attempt, its actually a clogged drain thats backing up and your drain water is not able to leave refrig so it falls to bottom of freezer floor and eventually out the door. romve the items from the freezer and take the lower back wall off form inside, directly under the evaporator under all that ice there is a drain hole, youll need to clear that hole of iec( pouring boiling water down until you get a free flow of water then you can reassemble uint problem solved
most likely you have a frozen drain in the freezer section so that whne your refrig defrosts the water runs out into the freezer compartment instead of the drain pan underneath. the fix is to flush the drain with warm water to clear the obstruction. the drain can be reached either by removing the cover in the freezer area or by back flushing the line from beneath the refrig.