Question about Refrigerators
Hi, Our freezer section is leaking water. The water is trickling out from the inside back panel and then dripping down and running out of the botton of the door near the feet.
Hope you can help
Just to expand on the excellent advice from woodchuckie - I had the same problem and these are the steps I took to resolve.
1) Remove the back panel. There are about 7 screws to undo.
2) The drain tube is towards the middle about 3/4 inch in diameter.
3) Remove the tube. I found a little black rubber 'flute' which I have now removed as I think this was causing some back pressure. Make sure the tube is clean and free from dusty gunk. Mine was anyway hence the removal of the flute.
4) Remove everything from the lower 2/3s of the freezer compartment. Remove the screws (some are covered by white caps) there are about six. You must remove all the screws up to the place where the top panel starts.
5) The back panel may be frozen in place. From a standing position reach down and grab the protruding plastic - pull up and out. The panel should loosen. Turn it sideways to remove it.
6) You should now see the freezer matrix and the frost free heater pipes at the bottom. If your like me you will see a block of ice at the bottom!!
7) I took a hair dryer (carfull of the water/electricity hazzard) and melted the ice (also be careful about melting the plastic of the freezer!! doh).
8) With a sponge remove the loose water.
9) The drain is in the middle and is difficult to get to.
10) I took a screw driver to the hole and jabbed at it.
11) Boil a kettle and fill the shallow tray around the drain. If your lucky the water will work through quickly and you'll hear it falling into the evaporation tray. If not then keep sponging the water out and replacing with boiling water (and have a few more jabs with a screwdriver!). Keep working it untill you have success.
12) Ensure that the interior of the freezer is dry ( I blew some air from the hair dryer through the drain and got someone on the drain at the back to confirm they could feel it coming through.
13) Replace all the plastics, back panel and screws. Put everything back in the freezer, plug it back in and set it to power freeze.
The whole thing took about 45mins - 1 hour.
Hope this helps.
Posted on May 04, 2009
Your drain tube must 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 air pressure will usually clear it out. Flush it out with hot water and clorox may help. Make sure it drains quick enough. The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the lower back of the freezer.
Posted on Jan 25, 2008
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