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There is an O ring that will leak water into the overflow pan under the fridge. I'd clean the pan too to eliminate bad odors. You must shut off the water supply before changing the filter element. There is no shut off valve built into the filter or its housing.
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You do not have a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is clear in color.
You have a water leak. The black sticky substance is either coming from your bottom condenser cooling coil or just general dirt under your refrigerator that accumulates over time. The coil under your refrigerator collects dirt as well.
You need to pull the refrigerator out so you can get behind it.
Unscrew the bottom back cover. Inspect for the water leak source. Your condensate drain pan may be leaking or dislodged.
The water line to your ice maker may be leaking.
Your water supply shut off valve to your refrigerator may be leaking.
1. there is a condensation pan under refrigerators, pull front bottom grill off & you should see pan. if pan is full it will overflow, pull forward to remove & empty. also check to see if something spilled in bottom of fridge & is running into drain hole into pan. most of the time condensation is so slow that it will evaporate before the pan fills up, but I've had them fill up on me in the past, not too often though.
2. if fridge is equipped with ice maker & clod water dispenser, connections on bottom back side could be leaking ( not likely, unless they have been disturbed).
there is not much else that it could be unless it is not the fridge & is coming from some where else & running under the fridge.
The condenser fan should be running whenever the compresser is running. With all of that condensate, I would look at your door gaskets. If they are leaking and you are in a high humidity area you will produce more condensate than what the pan can Handel. Then again. If the compresser is running the heat from the discharge line should evaporate the water with ease. I would look at the seals possibly leaking and ignore the full drain pan.
Your leaking problem gives two possibilities. The water control valve for the ice maker side is defective and while shut off the water will continue to slowly flow and leak into the freezer compartment. The other possibility id the condensate defrost drain is blocked and frozen over behind the rear panel of the freezer and at the bottom of th coils. I believe your defrost condensate drain has a blockage of ice and will need to be defrosted and clean the condensate line from the freezer to the condensate collection plate below your refrigerator. Most times the blockage begins slowly until the opening of the drain hole under the evaporator freezes itself shut. Below is a link to some solutions I have collected over a period of time. Also has a short movie that makes the repair look simpler. There are many reasons for this happening for example water leaking from a water supply line for the dispenser or ice maker, a crack in the defrost pan, water leaking inside and draining through the refrigerator cabinet, but most are caused by a defrost drain line blockage. Below is a link that may be helpful so try to take it all in and use the parts that most refer to your specific problem, Thanks Sea Breeze click on link below
Fact: If the drain pan is dry does not mean that the water being disposed of during defrost is not getting to the pan, It could also mean that the water that is reaching the pan is being evaporated like it is suppose to be. So we have to find your source of the water first then decide on what is causing it.
Areas to consider: 1"Inside" coming out the front from under the door? This is most likely a stopped up drain pan. A cold area that is not suppose to be cold like when you have a freezer coil that is suppose to be defrosting and is not... See below for a more complete ideas list of things to check under Possibility.
2"Outside not underneath" The corner of the door also could indicate (if you have water in the door) a worn out water line or a kink in it that has finally started to leak. Turn off the water to the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days and see if the problem disappears. If so you know whats going on and can approach it from the door area. 3"Outside underneath" The corner could also be where the water is running to from someplace under the fridge. The drain pan drain line is the most common. Inspect it and repair as needed, maybe its just not over the pan. A new house keeper not acquainted with this box may have knocked it out during vacuuming just put it back over the pan. IF The sealed system has had refrigerant added it could be from an over charge and frost on the suction line defrosting during a shutdown.
1 There is a drain that carries away the water under the cooling coils. These coils are in the freezer section.
2 The damper going to the crisper( s) is open too far allowing cold air to cause condensate on the fridge wall or bottom.
3 The freezer section is not defrosting and there is a spot where the
ice buildup is allowing conductive cooling into the refrigerator
section and therefore is allowing condensation on the refrigerator wall
4 The refg section has a heater (possibly not positive) in the area of
the door frame, or it may have a "power saver" switch. This switch and
the heater (if it has a heater it may not have a switch) are designed
to stop condensation on the refridg while running. I fit is placed in
the "power save" mode it turns off the heater. But, if you live in
extream humidity (Great lakes east side or Gulf coats Houstion...) the
humid air will condensate water out and it will collect and settle on
5 Door gaskets are not sealing especially on the bottom of the door.
This allows warmer air into the fridge section and it is condensation
on floor under the crisper.
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I'm dealing with the same problem right now with the same refrigerator. The cold water tank (for the front dispenser) has a hole in it that leaks every time someone dispenses water from the front door. You will find the water tank behind the top slide-out drawer in the fridge. The leaked water flows down one of the water tubes through a hole in the bottom of the fridge and onto the floor. I'll bet you have the same problem. Good Luck.