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Refrigerator leaking water

Water collecting and overflowing under the vegetable drawers at the bottom of fridge. Non ice model Kenmore 106.69172990

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  • paulekas Jul 21, 2010

    I ended up calling a repair man who fixed it.

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Hello,

Usually this is a common problem most often caused by a blocked drain hole or a crimped/blocked drain tube. The water comes from melting of frost from your refrigerator’s freezer, which is melted during defrost cycles.
The water then flows down a drain system, usually from a hose that takes it outside of the refrigerator, and into a drain/overflow pan. This pan has many names: drain pan, condensing tray, overflow tray, evaporator pan, but they all serve the same function, as place holding place where water from the freezer is caught and held until it evaporates naturally.

Blocked drain line when the freezer goes into defrost.

Thanks for contacting Fixya.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010

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  • paulekas Jul 20, 2010

    How do I unplug the hose?

  • paulekas Jul 20, 2010

    How do I fix it?

  • Rahman Rufai Jul 21, 2010

    Unplug the refrigerator and then locate the drain hole which is usually
    found at the back of the unit

    Pull out the basket and look for the drain hole. Some refrigerators like
    Magic Chef have drains located behind the bottom basket in of freezer.

    Remove any ice that is blocking the hole with
    a hair dryer.








  • Step 4

    Snap off the panel covering the plastic funnel tray used on
    some refrigerator models. This panel snaps off to reveal the drain tube.
    If the drain tube is covered with ice, thaw it out using your hair
    dryer.






  • Step 5

    Inspect the top of the drain tube for any debris that may be
    blocking it. Remove debris if there is any present.






  • Step 6

    Fill a regular turkey baster with hot water and squirt it
    down the drain tube. The heat and force of the water should unblock the
    tube and drain out into the pan. If that occurs, replace the snap on
    cover, put back in the freezer basket, and then plug in the
    refrigerator. If none or very little water has drained into the pan,
    there is still blockage. Go to the next section


  • Read more: How
    to Unclog a Refrigerator Drain in a Magic Chef Refrigerator |
    eHow.co.uk
    http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5671723_unclog...
    Snap off the panel covering the plastic
    funnel tray used on some refrigerator models. This panel snaps off to
    reveal the drain tube. If the drain tube is covered with ice, thaw it
    out using your hair dryer.







  • Step 5

    Inspect the top of the drain tube for any debris that may be
    blocking it. Remove debris if there is any present.






  • Step 6

    Fill a regular turkey baster with hot water and squirt it
    down the drain tube. The heat and force of the water should unblock the
    tube and drain out into the pan. If that occurs, replace the snap on
    cover, put back in the freezer basket, and then plug in the
    refrigerator. If none or very little water has drained into the pan,
    there is still blockage. Go to the next section.



  • Read more: How
    to Unclog a Refrigerator Drain in a Magic Chef Refrigerator |
    eHow.co.uk
    http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5671723_unclog...

    Inspect the top of the drain tube for any
    debris that may be blocking it. Remove debris if there is any present.








  • Step 6

    Fill a regular turkey baster with hot water and squirt it
    down the drain tube. The heat and force of the water should unblock the
    tube and drain out into the pan. If that occurs, replace the snap on
    cover, put back in the freezer basket, and then plug in the
    refrigerator. If none or very little water has drained into the pan,
    there is still blockage. Go to the next section.



  • Read more: How
    to Unclog a Refrigerator Drain in a Magic Chef Refrigerator |
    eHow.co.uk
    http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5671723_unclog...

    Fill a regular turkey baster with hot water
    and squirt it down the drain tube. The heat and force of the water
    should unblock the tube and drain out into the pan. If that occurs,
    replace the snap on cover, put back in the freezer basket, and then plug
    in the refrigerator. If none or very little water has drained into the
    pan, there is still blockage. Go to the next section.

  • Rahman Rufai Jul 21, 2010

    Speaker Wire as a SnakeGrab a length of speaker wire that is as long
    as the refrigerator to unblock a drain hole that is still blocked.








  • Step 2

    Using this wire like a drain snake, carefully insert it down
    the drain tube using an up and down movement.



  • Read more: How
    to Unclog a Refrigerator Drain in a Magic Chef Refrigerator |
    eHow.co.uk
    http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5671723_unclog...

    Using this wire like a drain snake, carefully
    insert it down the drain tube using an up and down movement.








  • Step 3

    Thread it in fully all the way down to the drain pan. This
    will positively remove any remaining blockage including food and stuck
    on paper. Once it reaches down to the pan, pull your snake out of the
    drain hole, fill your turkey baster with water, and squirt it down the
    tube. It should drain out quickly and easily.



  • Read more: How
    to Unclog a Refrigerator Drain in a Magic Chef Refrigerator |
    eHow.co.uk
    http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5671723_unclog...

    Thread it in fully all the way down to the
    drain pan. This will positively remove any remaining blockage including
    food and stuck on paper. Once it reaches down to the pan, pull your
    snake out of the drain hole, fill your turkey baster with water, and
    squirt it down the tube. It should drain out quickly and easily.

    Replace the snap on cover, put back in the
    freezer basket, plug in the refrigerator, and you are all set.







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  • Step 4

    Replace the snap on cover, put back in the freezer basket,
    plug in the refrigerator, and you are all set.



  • Read more: How
    to Unclog a Refrigerator Drain in a Magic Chef Refrigerator |
    eHow.co.uk
    http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5671723_unclog...






  • Step 1

    Grab a length of speaker wire that is as long as the
    refrigerator to unblock a drain hole that is still blocked.






  • Step 2

    Using this wire like a drain snake, carefully insert it down
    the drain tube using an up and down movement.






  • Step 3

    Thread it in fully all the way down to the drain pan. This
    will positively remove any remaining blockage including food and stuck
    on paper. Once it reaches down to the pan, pull your snake out of the
    drain hole, fill your turkey baster with water, and squirt it down the
    tube. It should drain out quickly and easily.






  • Step 4

    Replace the snap on cover, put back in the freezer basket,
    plug in the refrigerator, and you are all set.



  • Read more: How
    to Unclog a Refrigerator Drain in a Magic Chef Refrigerator |
    eHow.co.uk
    http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5671723_unclog...


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