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My LG side by side Fridge/Freezer leaks under the freezer side. More peculuiar is that there is a thin layer of ice on the bottom of the freezer compartment but no hint where the water comes from to make that ice. I think the ice gets melted right at the bottom door seal and that is what leaks.

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  • royclymer Aug 21, 2010

    It's possible you may be correct, however the test you suggest is much more difficult to conduct than your email implies. There does appear to be a "panel" that I MAY be able to remove, however the panel isn't under the lowest bin but is most of the back of the freezer compartment, measuring about one foot by three feet. Also, the bottom of the panel ends about a foot above the bottom surface of the freezer where the thin build up of ice is. Before I remove all the food from my freezer and try and remove this panel, I'd like to have more assurance of your familiarity with this fridge/freezer. Are you sure I can remove (and replace) this back panel? And having done so, are you sure I will be able to see the coils and confirm the build up of ice? And then what? Does that verify that I will have to call a technician to repair it? Thanks for taking the time to address these questions.

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You can check to see if the ice maker is leaking water. But probally the problem has to do with the defrost circuit of your fridge. Empty out the lower compartment of the freezer and pull out the panel. Behind the panel will be the coils that cool your freezer. If the coil is a block of ice, then the problem is the defrost circuit has failed. Typical problems are the defrost heater has failed, or the defrost timer stops working.

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  • Stephen Lam Aug 23, 2010

    From your description of the problem water in the freezer, there are only two sources where water can enter the freezer, the ice maker from the water supply or water from frost on the evaporator coils. If your ice maker is not leaking water, then the only other source of water is the melt water from evaporator coil. The water normally drain through a hole behind the coil. If the drain is blocked due to ice or obstruction, the water will pool inside the freezer section.



    As a service to you, I can only point out the areas that you should look into to determine the most likely cause of your problem, I can not fix it for you and dependent on you to give me feedback on how you view the situation. Also, I can not determine your ability to perform the neccessary steps to discover the ultimate cause and repair your problem. As far as needing a technician to fix it, that will depend on what the problem is, your technical ability to do the repair, whether parts are needed and available to the general public.



    As far as my credentials to diagnose your problem, I have been a design engineer for over 20 years and am familiar with refrigeration circuits. I have helped others through Fixya solve their refrigerator problem successfully, and would be happy to assist you in anyway that I can through Fixya. Hope this was helpful to you.

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