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Re: refrigerator

I had the same problem with my whirlpool fridge....
there is a overflow drain at the bottom of the freezer compartment.

Open the freezer compartment...
Locate screws on the back wall (from inside freezer compartment)
unscrew and open the back panel.
You will see a hole at the bottom which is the drain hole.
if you feel ice there... then that's the reason... the clog wont let water drain out and it accumulates at the bottom after a few days it leaks out of the fridge.

I used a hair dryer to unclog that hole and within minutes I could see water on the drying pan located below the fridge (which previously was dry)

Posted on Apr 15, 2009

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The problem you describe is common but without knowing the make/model I can only answer in broad terms. Water in the fridge section is almost always caused by a clogged defrost drain. Service is different depending on the mfgs but commonly the drain gets clogged by ice or some foreign object. For ice jams, on brands like GE or Whirlpool a "heat transfer device" is available which clamps on the heater and extends into the drain, providing extra heat to allow drainage without refreezing. For solid items, blowing back on the end of the drain hose in the drain at the bottom with compressed air works wonders.

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I just fixed a clogged defrost valve in on my bottom freezer GE unit. For anyone else who has one, here's what I did: (You'll need a caulking gun)

Unplug the fridge.
Behind the fridge, there's a large cardboard housing at the bottom held in with flathead screws. Take it off.
This should reveal a black rubber tube which flows into a drip tray. At the other end of the rubber tube is a metal housing held in with phillips screws. Take off the metal housing.
Now detach the rubber tube from the drain valve and flush it out. If that didn't solve the problem (and it probably won't), take the screws out of the drain valve and take it off of the fridge. It's sealed with caulk, so you're going to have to wrestle with it a bit.
Now, flush out the drain valve. (I ran hot water through the small end, where the hose was attached, and a lot of awful things came out of the big hole in the back.

Don't forget to remove the old caulk from the hole and replace it with fresh caulk to seal the drain valve back onto the fridge.

Now just replace everything and plug it back in!

Posted on Jul 29, 2008

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I had this problem and solved it.
The advice is correct in that the drain was blocked however what I found was that when I looked at the drain tray at the back there was algae growing. I cleaned the tray and put a couple of drips of bleach in it. 2 years on I have not had any further problem.

Posted on Jul 03, 2008

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is the floor of the freezer a sheet of ice? if so the defrost drain hole is clogged.

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defrost drain was clogged , unclogged drain solved your problam

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This sounds like the problem I responded to for another user. I hope it works for you. I got this when the J-trap on the back of the fridge was blocked, not allowing condensation to properly drain into the drain pan.

I solved this problem by pulling the black drain tube off the J-trap (you may need to loosen the holding clamp at the bottom of the tube), giving the J-trap (it's about 2" round) a slight twist to release it from the sheet metal, and carefully pulling it out. Be careful as the sheet metal is sharp. You will see a 1" PVC tube end that fits inside the J-trap. This must be inside the trap when reassembling.

Flush out the J-trap and reassemble.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

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