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Water leaking from freezer compartment and icemaker problems

I'm having multiple problems with my Maytag Plus MSD2456GE side-by-side refrigerator......

The water leak from my freezer may be the same situation as the others I've read about, but I'm also having trouble with the icemaker.

I've noticed that the water actually comes from INSIDE the back of the freezer compartment, from some sort of grate. The leaking seems to happen during the defrost cycle and as many others have said, it pools up in the bottom of the freezer (forming a massive ice block) and then some of it pours out onto the floor from the bottom of the freezer door. Is there a blockage in the drain line?

This has been going on for some time now. It all started when I came in the kitchen one morning to find a floor full of water, all around the refrigerator. I opened up the freezer and icicles were covering the entire freezer compartment!! It looked as if the icemaker had sprayed water out (no telling how many times). I had been having problems with the icemaker for some time. Most of the ice cubes were hollow, as if the tray wasn't filling up enough. Then, when it would dump the ice, the little "fingers", as I call them, wouldn't go all the way back down into the tray because there'd be some drops of water that would freeze on it and obstruct the proper functioning. When this happens, it's as if it has been cut off by the wire lever arm. You can push the "fingers" down into the tray, thereby breaking the ice "balls" off by force, and the icemaker will start working again, even though the tray still doesn't fill up with enough water. Since we cannot afford to get the fix-it man out here, I just shut the thing off and stopped using it. But I'd sure like to get it working.

I linked these two problems together because I thought they may be related. I recently took the (inside) water filter cartridge off and replaced it with the (factory) filter bypass plug, thinking that maybe the filter wasn't letting enough water flow into the ice tray. I haven't turned it back on since doing that, however. I'm scared that it'll spray my freezer again and I'll have a flood in my kitchen!! Anyway, I also did this hoping that the water leaking onto the floor would stop. It seemed to have stopped for several days, then a couple of days ago, I noticed it's back to the same old thing. Could the hollow ice cubes be from: poor water pressure from the supply tubes -- a sensor (for water level in the tray) -- a timer (for water level in the tray)? And the ice obstruction on the "fingers"??

Let me tell you.....I am at my wits end with this supposed "nicer-much-more-expensive-than-I'm-used-to" model of refrigerator!! If you can lend ANY ASSISTANCE WHATSOEVER, I would be eternally grateful.

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  • Anonymous Jun 07, 2008

    Water collects in bottom of freezer then can'd get basket out; water leaks out on floor; Ice maker works sometimes and sometimes not; same for ice dispenser and water dispenser;
    At times ice dispenser won't shut off and same for water - solution is to quickly open the door or it is all over the floor.
    Ice maker has been replaced once and Ice in freezer problem "fixed?" once but soon it happened again.
    Why buy a Maytag?
    J. Ridings


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I can help with the puddles on the floor. Most likely your freezer drain is plugged. This site and others on the internet helped me solve my problem. Take off the back shroud and empty the freezer compartment. Take the screws out of the lower grate at the back of the freezer compartment. You can get the lower panel out with a little effort. The freezer coils are exposed. Below them is a kind of small light metal trough with a drain hole in the middle. You don't see it at first because it is covered with ice. I used a hair dryer to melt the ice. When it melted enough I removed a thin cake of ice to expose the drain. The drain was still frozen until I poured hot tap water in the trough several times. Inside the back of the refrigerator on the right is a little rubber coupling that connects the drain tube from below the coils and metal trough at a right angel to a tube that runs to a drain pan on the low left side at the back. After taking the coupling loose so I would not damage it, I put a thin screwdriver down through to finally unclog the drain. I recoupled the drain line, wiped up the floor and put everything back together. Everything works. Saved at least $150 and it only took about an hour. Oh, yes, the small hex screws on the back and the inside grate use the same small socket screwdriver. A lot handier than using a pair of pliers.

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The grate you referred to is the air return to the freezer cooling coil. Behind the grate is the drain for the defrost water from the coil. Under the refrigerator in the back is a drain line going into ta drain pan. the drain may be plugged from the freezer to the drain pan. It must be completely defrosted to clear the drain inside . The drain line on the outside in the back can be cleaned out anytime.

For your ice maker, something is out of position where the water enters to the ice maker. Amount of water fed into the ice maker is determined by an orifice in the line at the valve. Time and flow rate fills the ice making section.

Posted on Jun 01, 2008

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  • the water(in the bottom of the freezer) is coming from the freezer when is defrosts. the drain line is in the back wall of the freezer and may be clogged up with ice. clean out the freezer and pour some hot water in the very back of the freezer, this will hopefully unclog the drain. if not, then you have to take the back wall out of the freezer to get directly to the drain line. there should just be a couple screws holding it; it is just an aluminum or plastic panel.
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  • the icemaker problem
  • it could be that the water valve is slowly leaking water into up to the icemaker and freezing before dripping out of the tube. then when the icemaker turns on the water to the icemaker it is partially blocked by the ice and sprays water all over instead of gently falling into the icemaker.
  • if this is the case then changing the water valve on the back of the machine and defrosting the fill tube behind the icemaker should fix this problem.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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