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Defrosting water not going into the evaporating tray

I have recently noticed when the freezer is in a defrost mode, the water is collesting at the bottom of the freezer.

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Does a bosch fridge freezer always have water in the evaporation tray?


Hello Mary;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

It is normal to have water in your evaporator drain pan.

Your refrigerator goes through a defrost cycle every 8-10 hours, where your refrigerator will shut down for about 20 minutes and your defrost heater turns on.
You do not need to clean your drain pan. You have a condenser fan that blows across the drain pan to evaporate the condensate.

You drain pan will fill during the defrost cycles. the condenser fan blow across the drain pan and will evaporate the water.

The amount of water in your drain pan will depend on conditions such as high frost in the freezer.

Mary, you had just happened up the drain pan not completely evaporating the condensate.

Sounds to me like you are in good shape.

Peter, Baltimore, MD, USA

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Water pools, then freezes in the recessed area at the bottom of the freezer. Then, after the recess is filled, water leaks out onto the floor. Is there a plugged drain? Where is it located? Where is the...


There is a blockage from the freezer compartment(at the evaporator base) to the compressor outside. Once there is a defrost period, small amounts of defrosted ice collects in the catch tray under the evaporator, which then flows through a pipe in the frame to the compressor which boils the water away with its natural heat. To clear this problem, in the quickest way is to defrost the freezer for 12 hours then go to the back of the fridge and look on top of the compressor (on the roof). There should be a pipe sitting in a tray positioned on top of the compressor tray. Blow hard into the pipe and you will feel a little pressure untill obstruction is cleared. Once easy to blow into the pipe, problem is solved. Switch on.

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Have a GE Frige # TBX18SAXPLWW. Large amounts of water collect on inside, bottom of frige. Back wall wet from frige/freezer temp control locate at upper most rear wall of unit. What could problem be?


When in defrost mode, frost is melted and the water is directed to a tray at the rear bottom of the freezer. A tube is connected to the bottom of the tray so the water is sent down the back of the refer to evaporate at the bottom.

The tube gets clogged with gunk, water backs up and freezes. Then, at the next defrost cycle the water has no place to go except into the refer interior.

Unload the freezer, remove the bottom plastic plate, let the ice melt, unclog the tube, put everything back together and you're good to go!

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Freezer leaking water and freezing


you probably have a plug in the drain line that normally drains the water when your freezer goes into the defrost mode. at the base of the refrigerator there is a evaporative drain tray where the water drains from the freezer into the tray and evaporates during normal operation of the unit. You should be able to see the drain tube just above the tray. Attach a hose to it and use compressed air to blow through it and clear it out.

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Water pools and freezes at bottom of the freezer. When tray is full water leaks out of freezer onto kitchen floor.


I am uncertain as to what you mean by "when tray is full"? However, you probably have a clogged drain in the freezer compartment. During the defrost cycle, which usually occurs every eight hours, defrost components (defrost thermostat & heater(s) ) melt the ice that has accumulated on the evaporator coil in the freezer compartment. The water from the melted ice drains through a hole in the freezer compartment (behind the freezer's rear panel) and accumulates in a drain pan below the refrigerator. This water should evaporate over time, whereby you should not have to regularly empty the drain pan. If the drain hole is clogged (usually from algae or other debris, etc.), the water finds another path to flow (which is inside the bottom of your freezer compartment). This water will usually freeze. Water will then flow toward the front of your freezer compartment and out of the door on to the floor when you open the door.

Contact an appliance service company to unclog your freezer drain. Also have them check your defrost components (thermostat & heater(s)).

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Kenmore chest freezer - why is there a 1/2 inch of ice in bottom


Hello. If your freezer is not a self defroster, you must have had a power failure for a few hours that caused a melt with water ending up on the floor of the freezer and then refreezing. IF you have a self-defrost model, your defrost cycle produces some water which should make it's way down to the evaporator tray just above the floor... in your case, the small hole in the floor is plugged and the water is accumulating on the floor rather than making it's way to the evaporator tray. The fix is to clean the evaporator tray, defrost the ice with a blow dryer, locate the hole and clean it out with a couple of pipe cleaners or cotton swabs. Regards, Joe
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My Kenmore refrigerator coldspot #70192001 is not defrosting correctly and water is leaking from the freezer down the back wall and turning in to frost under the bottom tray in the freezer. Water is also...


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.

The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can’t flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

If the defrost thermostat is bad it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won’t turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
With an ohm meter it should show continuity when cold and none when warm.
You can also bypass the thermostat to see if the heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs replaced.

The defrost heater is located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if it’s bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for voltage when it’s in the defrost mode.

If you have a defrost timer you can test it. It can be located under the fridge behind the kick panel on the front. Some are in the fridge with the controls at the top. You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer because that means the timer is not running. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

If you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer, replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is located in the fridge with the controls in some models and on the back in others.

If you need help finding your model number see here> http://www.appliancepartspros.com/modelnumber_locator.aspx

To locate your timer, motherboard, control or adaptive defrost control , enter your model number and search for the part or post back on Fixya.
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