A few days ago I noticed a puddle of water coming from beneath the refrigerator. I looked it over and noticed that the drip pan in the back was full to the rim. I sqaked it dry and thought I would take a look the next day. Sure enough the drip pan was full to the rim again. I repeated the drain process again and the pan filled again (x 3 days). What could possibly be the problem?
You could need more freon, because it is causing the pipes to warm up a bit more then they should be, then the condensation builds up. If the problem still percists after you have this checked, i would put a drain hose on it temporairly and aim for a new fridge if it is from before 1994.
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Drain is possibly blocked inside freezer that allows water to escape to the pan below the refrigerator. You will need to remove frozen items and remove the panel that covers the evaporator to get to it. Leaking Refrigerators
If the drain pan is overflowing, they are made to catch drips. But if you overfill the glasses a few times a day the pan will overflow because there is no drain for the pan. You have to soak it up with a sponge if this is the case. If its leaking then there is a solenoid in the back of the refrigerator that is sticking, if so remove the solenoid valve wire connectors, the water lines and the solenoid valve water control valve and replace. Local appliance dealer should have one for about $60.00 or so. They make a universal solenoid water valve that fits most refrigerators. Good luck I hope this solves your problem. Please post a solved comment on fixya, so I receive credit for the solve. This will increase my ranking on fixya.com That is how I get paid. By knowing I am helping someone!!!
I would look under the fridge for a drip pan that might be full, so when it defrost it overflows the pan and runs on the floor. If not that you must have a blockage somewhere in the drain line that runs to the drip pan. Take out the shelves and take off the plastic panels to access the drain and drain line, pour some warm water down the drain to unplug it.
I have a Whirlpool Top-mount refrigerator. Whirlpool also manufactures many of the Kenmore refrigerators.
A few weeks ago I noticed a puddle of water on the top right
shelf in the refrigerator section. I figured out that it must be the water
that forms during the defrost cycle and normally drains down through a
tube in the back into an evaporator tray beneath the refrigerator. Something was preventing the water from draining away and instead it was dripping through the overflow holes from the freezer into the refrigerator section.
I emptied the freezer and took off the back panel. It
actually wouldn't come off at first because all the water beneath the
defrost heater which should have been draining out the drain hole was
frozen into one solid block of ice. I used a hair dryer to melt the ice
(took a while - be patient) and then took off the panel.
To melt all the rest of the ice in the drain tube I used the hair dryer. To clear out the ice in the drain tube, I used a turkey baster
and kept putting down hot water until I heard water making it down to
the evaporator tray beneath the refrigerator.
The following mod is "try at your own risk" (I wouldn't do this if you still have warranty coverage - call a tech instead): I made this modification to prevent the problem from recurring (at
least that's the hope): Wrapped a piece of wire (unbent a large paper
clip) around the defrost cycle heater and stuck it into the drain hole.
The theory is that the wire will heat up every time the defrost cycle
runs and will keep the drain hole from freezing shut.
One thing I noticed during this repair concerns the drip pan beneath the defrost heater in the freezer (this is the pan that collects the water that is melted off the coils during defrosting). The drip pan does not seem to be angled properly so that the water will drain normally towards the drain hole. I guess water could remain behind then freeze later. I reported this to Whirlpool.
check and see if the door to the ice chute is closing all the way, moisture can get in there and cause excessive frost build up also check the location of your defrost thermostat behind the back panel in the freezer, it should be attached to the top of the evap coil. also check your water system and be sure that there are no leaks under the refer dripping into the pan while the unit is cycling for ice fill or dispenser line.
Usually the pan sits on the compressor and the heat from the compressor should evaporate it - unless you have abnormally excessive defrost cycles - if you notice your defrost cycle coming on too frequently then your coils are getting frost up quickly (poor door gasket seals, too frequent openings, etc can cause this).
If the pan is not on the compressor it is usually besides it, look for a fan down there - that one should be blowing the compressor's hot air there - if fan is not working this might be your problem.
there is a drip pan under the freg. check the drain hole at the buttom fo the freeze side. make sure it is open.
you can get to the drain pan via front grill. pull the front grill. and you will see the drain pan.