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Water buildup in fridge and actually leaks out the door no water lines to fridge. whats the problem?

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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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Yep got a wood floor 1/2 way up do to water leak.

First lets decide where your leak actually is.

Fact: If the drain pan is dry does not mean that the water being disposed of during defrost is not getting to the pan, It could also mean that the water that is reaching the pan is being evaporated like it is suppose to be. So we have to find your source of the water first then decide on what is causing it.

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1"Inside" coming out the front from under the door? This is most likely a stopped up drain pan. A cold area that is not suppose to be cold like when you have a freezer coil that is suppose to be defrosting and is not... See below for a more complete ideas list of things to check under Possibility.

2"Outside not underneath" The corner of the door also could indicate (if you have water in the door) a worn out water line or a kink in it that has finally started to leak. Turn off the water to the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days and see if the problem disappears. If so you know whats going on and can approach it from the door area.
3"Outside underneath" The corner could also be where the water is running to from someplace under the fridge. The drain pan drain line is the most common. Inspect it and repair as needed, maybe its just not over the pan. A new house keeper not acquainted with this box may have knocked it out during vacuuming just put it back over the pan. IF The sealed system has had refrigerant added it could be from an over charge and frost on the suction line defrosting during a shutdown.

Possibility's:


1 There is a drain that carries away the water under the cooling coils. These coils are in the freezer section.

2 The damper going to the crisper( s) is open too far allowing cold air to cause condensate on the fridge wall or bottom.

3 The freezer section is not defrosting and there is a spot where the ice buildup is allowing conductive cooling into the refrigerator section and therefore is allowing condensation on the refrigerator wall or ceiling.

4 The refg section has a heater (possibly not positive) in the area of the door frame, or it may have a "power saver" switch. This switch and the heater (if it has a heater it may not have a switch) are designed to stop condensation on the refridg while running. I fit is placed in the "power save" mode it turns off the heater. But, if you live in extream humidity (Great lakes east side or Gulf coats Houstion...) the humid air will condensate water out and it will collect and settle on the floor.

5 Door gaskets are not sealing especially on the bottom of the door. This allows warmer air into the fridge section and it is condensation on floor under the crisper.

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