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Something is leaking water from our freezer. We keep finding small puddles on the floor under the front wheels of the fridge. We unplugged the fridge to defrost it this morning. Don't know how long that takes, but it looks like water is leaking from 2 squares on the back wall of the freezer. It is still unplugged now.

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From the symptoms you describe the water leak is due to the defrost drain being clogged. Every 8 hours or so the refrigerator will go through an automatic defrost cycle to melt the frost from the evaporator (cooling coils). The water from this process is designed to flow down a drain into a pan below the refrigerator and evaporate from the heat of the compressor and condenser.

Foreign object or dust can build up in the drain and cause the water to flow slowly and eventually freeze up.

Unplug the power cord from the wall.

To clear this drain remove the food and shelves from the freezer section. Remove the rear panel that is behind the shelves you just removed. With this panel off you will the cooling coils. Below the coils you will see a drain trough (it might be frozen over so not visible) in the center of this area will be a hole about the size of a dime. This is the defrost drain opening.

Use hot water and a turkey baster or small tube to force the hot water down the drain until it flows freely. It may take a while and lots of water so have some towels to catch the run off.

Once it is clear you will be set to reassemble and load the food back in.

Here is a link to more details I put together on this subject

Clogged Defrost Drain.

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