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I have had a KitchenAid KSS42d (could be 42M, since there is no label) for approximately 15 years. It has been reliable and generally low maintenance. In July, cooling capacity seemed to reduce. it was still cold, kept ice cubes frozen, but still noticably not as cold. Called a serviceman and they topped off the refrigerant charge, it was approx. 1/2 lb. low. He could find no other problems, leaks, etc. It worked very well for about the next 3 weeks and the same thing happened. I called the service man out again and he found the same problem, approx. 1/2 lb short of refrigerant, so he topped it off again. No charge/warranty service since less than 30 days. Now I am noticing water leaking, with increasing frequency from the bottom, left side, where the water dispenser supply tube comes out from the bottom of refrig, turns 90 degrees and enters the freezer door. Also, the water from the freezer door dispenser is coming out increasingly warmer. I keep the condenser clean and the compressor seems to be fine. There must be a slow leak somewhere in the refrig. circuit, but wouldn't know how to find it. I am completely unsatisfied with service/repair men. They cannot answer my questions, and I do not believe they are true experts on this equipment. The refrig/freezer has custom wood paneling and I am not interested in replacing the refrig/trying to match paneling doors. I would rebuild or repair as required if I was satisfied with the diagnosis and felt I had expert technicians working on it. Any advice??? Sincerely, David J. Ellner

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  • David Ellner Nov 07, 2010

    Thanks for the product info to help reduce the refrigerant leak.



    What about the water leak from the bottom?



    This is what I recently found, after sending my original post:



    I took off the base grille, along the bottom of refrig. The defrost pan was filled with warm, almost hot water. It seems to be immersed in defrost coils, which were also hot. After removing the pan, the defrost coils also seem to be coated with oil...



    Any ideas what's causing all the water, oil and resulting problem?? How often does the defrost cyce turn on? Maybe its got some kind of a defrost controller problem.



    Also, any advice about how to find a REAL EXPERT for KitchenAid in my area? I can call all the refrigerator repairmen I want and I seem to get the same response.



    I don't mind paying a premium if it solves my problem....



    Thanks.



    David J. Ellner

  • David Ellner Nov 07, 2010

    Heatman101 was helpful with product info and generally confirmed what I had suspected.

    Could have used a little more detail about how the defrost cycle works and if/how this might be contributing to or even possibly causing the problem.

    I am satisfied with the general advice, thrilled about how quickly heatman101 got back to me and his continued dialog. I will definitely use this service again.

  • David Ellner Nov 07, 2010

    Heatman101 was helpful with product info and generally confirmed what I had suspected.

    Could have used a little more detail about how the defrost cycle works and if/how this might be contributing to or even possibly causing the problem.

    I am satisfied with the general advice, thrilled about how quickly heatman101 got back to me and his continued dialog. I will definitely use this service again.

  • David Ellner Nov 08, 2010

    No apology necessary. Your information has been most useful and I am happy with your answer. The references in your last post were also very informative.

    My interest in the defrost cycle is more about: was it working correctly? and if not, could it be contributing to the capacity drop. Is it possible, the defrost cycle could be diverting some hot refrigerant gas into the refrig/freezer? Effectively reducing its capacity? Why, the 1 time I cleaned the defrost pan was it hot?? I do not know how frequently the defrost cycles, if coils are always hot (continuously used for condensing) or if changes in normal defrost cycle timing might result from the refrigerant leak.

    Sorry for all the questions and it is not important that they be answered. As I said, I am satisfied with your previous answers and information. it has given me guidence for finding a permanent solution.

    David J. Ellner

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Hi David,

Yes it looks like you do have a leak in that system....and finding leaks in a refrigerator is a nightmare to say the least....

So this is what I would do....

1. find a new company that has techs that actually know their craft....and have them try to find the leak....fix it and recharge your unit...

2. buy this product.... then have the first company (or another one) place it in your system....they should be able to handle that.....it will seal your system and stop the leak......saving you a ton of money and headaches....

You are right... they should know that once you have a leak...just recharging is just a temporary fix....

heatman101

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  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Nov 07, 2010

    You have the oil there because the leak is in that area... the freon will dissipate and leave the oil behind...

    The water is condensation from the lines not be charged correctly...

    To find a good tech I would try to call Kitchen Aid directly and see if they have a recommended dealer in the area and if they will give them direction and stand behind them...

    heatman101

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Nov 07, 2010

    Sorry David,
    Did not swell on the defrost issue because I did not see it as relevant to your problem...

    Glad to be of a help though...

    Good luck with getting things fixed and going again!!!

    Here are a few tips that may help you with more of the defrost details...


    Refrigerator not Cooling or Fridge not Cooling

    How to Defrost Refrigerator Defrost Timer Problem

    Water Running in refrigerator from Freezer




    heatman101

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