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Water leaking onto floor

Refrigerator was moved to another room to replace damaged wood floor due to break in water line on washing macine. Floor is replaced and refrigerator placed back in kitchen. Refrigerator was only unplugged for about 5 minutes each time it was unplugged. We turned water back on to use the ice/water dispenser. Two days after, noticed water on floor coming from front of refrigerator. It is not coming from water line tube. Ice is building up on bottom of freezer. I remove ice and it builds up again. We shut off water line to freezer. All ice is out of ice maker. Ice built up again on freezer floor. Can you help ??? Don't want to ruin wood floor with water again. angels My Kenmore bottom-mount refrigerator (this means the freezer is on the bottom) has a huge build up of ice in the bottom of the freezer. To the point that half the space in the bottom rack is ice. Why does this happen and can I stop it?

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  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    ice in bottom of freezer melts an comes out on floor

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Water runs on floor during thaw cycle

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    The ice builds up under the freezer basket and then drips on floor

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Unplug it again , sounds like your drain line has frozen, instaead of defrost water going down the tube and under refrig in drain pan, becuse tube is frozen its draining into freezer compartment and eventually spilling out through front of unit. totally defrost unit and behind back wall of freezer youll see a metal trough designed to catch water, in the center (under the ice is gonna be the drain hole, pour boiling water down until it runs freely

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Just wanted to say thanks to Ron Merek for his solution to water in the bottom of my fridge and running out into the floor. I poured boiling water into the drain whole behind inside panel which melted the ice clog and melting the rest with a hair dryer. But I couldn't find drain pan to empty it afterwards. Where does the water go? And how can I prevent this problem from happening over and over again???
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Angels, sounds like your defrost drain is frozen over. When the refrigerator is going into defrost it's draining through the front instead of the drain pan. You can remove the shelves and peel off the back cover and clear the drain by pouring hot water on the frozen drain hole. If you have a baster of some sort you could try to squirt the hot water through the venting on the bottom of the panel. Another way to to point a hair dryer on the drain hole. The best method is to remove the shelves and panel and make sure the drain is clear. Catriver..post back.

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