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Is there a tray in this unit to catch water if the unit was defrosted?

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Yes, although you do not state which unit it is, all fridges have trays on top of the motor where the heat of the motor evaporates the water that accumulates from normal automatic defrosting. However, if you defrost by switching the refrigerator off, and there is a lot of ice, you can expect an overflow out of the front.

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Water seems to drip down the upper back inside of the fridge, and freezes in droplets, and it also freezes any food pushed up against the back of the fridge.

Hi Ford:
Could you check the drain from the auto defrost?
There will be a rubber tube running down the outside back and it leads to an evap tray under the unit.
At the inside top (where the water seems to be coming from) there should be a funnel that catches the water from the auto defrost. If it is plugged or the drain tube is plugged, you will encounter the problem that you describ.
Hope this helps,

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Water is leaking on the freezer side and we must put a towel in the bottom and change it twice a week.

Hopefully you won't. I am not a "Repairman" so I'm just going off of what I've seen in my experience for refrigerators that put a puddle on the floor.

Usually a puddle is created when the refrigerator defrosts. All that ice in the freezer has to go somewhere when it defrosts, so some models (Not sure if they all still do this?) have a tray that you place in the bottom of the freezer that is there to catch this defrost water.

These trays can get dislodged from the drain that they are supposed to be sitting under to catch the water, or they fill up with water and over flow....then you see water on the floor.

So find out if your model has a tray to catch the water. At the bottom of the refrigerator see if you can remove the little grill (if your refrigerator as one of these?). If it does, you can look under the refrigerator and hopefully you'll see a usually white tray in there that as I mentioned is either displaced and not catching the water, or is full. Move it back to where it should be (there is usually a slot for the tray to slide into.) or empty/clean it out and put it back.

On a new model they may not have a tray like this, but if you think about it...where else is water going to come from out of a refrigerator. Having said just reminded you have a cold water connection to your refrigerator for cold water or ice making? Maybe that's loose or there is some other leak in that water/ice system?

But as I was going to say...refrigerators don't run on water so it's coming from one of those overfilled defrost tray, or a leak in your water/ice system...if you have one of those?

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Water appears on the floor outside the fridge. I have a side by side fridge freezer, Magic Chef

There's a tray under the refrigerator that catches the water dripping down when your auto-defrost cycle runs. Usually this water evaporates before the tray overfills. Either you don't have enough air flow around the refrigerator for the water to evaporate, or the tray may have developed a leak.

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Hi there, I have two Fujitsu DC Inverter split units to heat my flat (england). The temperatures have dropped significantly -2 and below. This causes the outlet pipes to freeze up and when the units...

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Every other day there is a puddle of water beside the refrigerator

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

First you should check the freezer compartment drain to see if it is obstructed. It will be located under the evaporator coils in the freezer compartment. (visual if possible but don't take anything apart) Then check to make sure that the tubes located in the bottom of the unit that are shown in the link below: (Items 44 and 45) are directed into the catch tray on top of the compressor.
If you note that the tubes are clogged clear the obstructions.

Also check the catch tray (Item 43 of above link) located on top of the compressor for holes... If it has a hole in it you will have water on the floor after each automatic defrosting cycle.

One more oh by the way... if the greezer compartment drain is frozen it will also cause the symtom you describe. The only way to properly thaw out the drain is to use an exteran fan directed at the unit until the ice melts in the drain. Then you can finally have freezer compartment drain water flow from the freezer via the tubing to the catch tray on top of the compressor.

These are the most common reasons for your symtom.

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You should defrost this tray with a hair dryer and hot water . After defrosting , use a small hole , inserted into the drain hole , to blow thru , removing any unseen debris in the drain line .

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