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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You shuold have a schematics with your refrigerator, used by service people it can help you locate the drain - There are 2 different areas depending on your refrigerator - on some older models there is a drain hole behind the back panel of your freezer - what from the defrost cycle drips into the hole which goes through the ceiling of your refrigerator at the back and into a drip cup - this cup is connected with a tube through a hole at the back of your refrgierator wall and into the drain tube that goes down into the drip pan at the bottom of your refrigerator (this usually sits ontop of the compressor and can be removed. You can see th is tube coming out of your refrigerator if you look at the back, usually they are behind the condenser coils - if you are able to remove the drip cup in the refrigerator you can unplug the line, maybe it is clogged with debris or even plugged with ice - you can use a fairly long piece of pipe cleaner and see if you can unclog it - do the same for the drain hole behind the back panel in your freezer ! On newer refrigerators with enclosed condensers, the drain tube is also enclosed and less likely to leak - but you can access those by removing the panel, it is always behind the panel in the freezer right under the cooling coils and defrost element - make sure you turn off your refrigerator and unplug it before cleaning - be careful not to bend or break anything with sharp objects - with fridges without a drip cup inside, it is rare to get leaks - as the hole at the back of the freezer is TILTED so water will drip to the back and into the tube, that tilted drain connected to the hose is behind the vent to the fridge - it would take a serious clog or ice formation to leak so I will assume you have a drip cup in your fridge that is overflowing and leaking at the back of your fridge inside.
With some refrigerators the drip pan at the bottom is sealed to the base, you will notice a hose going down on it and a big fan blowing hot air from the compressor - Check the drip pan at the bottom exterior to see if it is overflowing with water - normally it should be evaporating with the heat of the compressor - these type of problems are rare. Inside the fridge with drip cups it can be common - simply clean the line of any debris and that will solve your problem.
There can also be other causes of water leaks to your refrigerator, but the most common is a plugged up defrost line.
I hope this helps.
Newer refrigerators with enclosed condensers
Posted on Aug 22, 2009
Yes, let the unit thaw out, and replace that thin wire. it's called a drain heater, it simply keeps the water from freezing before it gets out the drain.
Posted on Sep 26, 2009
SOURCE: Water is collecting on top
Most times the water might be from defrost liquid pooling up from a clogged drain hole but it might be from bad door seal OR dirty condenser. Try and clean out the condenser area where the air flow will be at its maximum and raise the legs lightly in front to throw the weight of the doors towards the rear of the box to make them close their seals tighter.
GE bottom Mount Service Manual
Posted on Feb 04, 2011
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