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Water collecting in Refrigerator freezer section

Water is collecting in the top freezer section back ( Drain under condenser) and not draining. Cannot find drain hole. Where is it?

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The drain hole could have ben clogged with dirt and now with ice as the water did not drain as it went back to freezing mode. un plug the unit, let the ice thaw for a day, open the rear cover of the freezer and clean the bottom part of the evaporator. you can find the hole at the bottom part of the drain pan. i hope i was able to help.

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Hi David
In the freezer compartment - under the panel where the water / ice is collecting - towards the back - is a small pan. The pan collects the water when the defroster cycles on to melt ice & frost that collects on the cold coil behind the back wall panel. The pan has an opening with a small tube connected that allows the water to drain out to the larger pan on the floor under the fridge.
If the tube is clogged, the water will not drain and will eventually freeze. Every time the defrost comes on, some of this water will collect under the panel and drip into the fridge compartment if the drain remains frozen.
You will need to clear any obstruction in the drain tube with a short, flexible snake. Access it from the freezer compartment. Remove any built up ice and make sure the pan has not been bent or damaged in such a way that it will no longer allow the water to get to the drain tube. If the tube is clogged due to ice, you will have to thaw it out first. Squirt hot water down the tube to do this quickly - I used a turkey baster and towels in the freezer with excellent results. After the ice has been cleared - use the snake to make sure the tube is open. Replace / repair parts as needed.
After clearing, pour some water down the tube to check for flow. If flowing, empty the drain pan on the floor under the fridge. Next, mix up about 6 to 8 ounces of a 10% bleach + 90% water solution to pour into the drain you cleared. This will kill any biological (mold, etc.) blockage in the tube. Empty the drain pan on the floor under the fridge again - but be extra careful as it has bleach in it.
My fridge did this to me several times before I figured out that ice was blocking my drain. I got a piece of #10 copper wire - long enough to hang from something above (coil, heater, etc.) in the coil compartment down about 4 - 6 inches into the drain tube. Doing this allows the warm air from the heated space during defrost cycles to be conducted down the copper wire into the drain tube - making it it impossible to freeze up. It works perfectly! I recommend a #12 or 10 copper wire, but aluminum works well too. I'd stay away from steel or anything that can corrode - because it will.
Good luck!

Jun 13, 2013 | Refrigerators

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The freezer leaks water and the fridge is 43 degrees and full of condensation on the inside


Hi,
Most times this is a plugged defrost drain system. The defrost heater in the freezer section melts the frost and changes it to water, this water is suppose to flow down a drain system. If this drain system is restricted or plugged the water will leak inside the refrigerator. The drain system starts in the freezer section with a tray built under the evaporator coil. The water is funneled through a small hose into a cup in the top middle of the fresh food section ( not on all models, but this is the most common way ), from there, the water is directed out the back wall to a drain hose that runs down the back of the refrigerator into a condensing tray. The heat created under the fridge makes the water evaporate and disappear. Some of the cups ( in the top back of the fresh food section ) can be removed for cleaning. A turkey baster can be used to help clean out the drain system. Fill the baster with hot water and "blast" it into the drain hose to help flush it out. A piece of wire or pipe cleaner can also be pushed into the drain hoses to help clean then out. On a S x S style of fridge the drain system is in the bottom back of the freezer section and often you will have to remove the evaporator cover to access the drain hole. You can clean this out in the same manner as previously mentioned, but because of the water leaking into the freezer instead of the fresh food section you will have to remove the ice build up to clean out the drain system. For some reason Whirlpool has found a need to "hide" the drain hose inside the walls now. This makes accessing the drain hose to flush it out more difficult, no cup inside the fresh food section, no hose down the outside back wall and the only access is inside the freezer section behind the back false wall and under the evaporator coils.

Hope this works...............

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I have a 6-7 year old Magic chef top freezer, refrig which is collecting water each day at the inside bottom of the box, refrigerator section. I notice that a slight drip of water comes thru the middle...


Hi,

The defrost drain is located just under the cooling coils in the back of the freezer. You will need to unload the food and remove the shelves from the freezer. Take the back panel off from inside the freezer and you will see a hole just below the coils. Flush it with hot water using a turkey baster or small hose. See the link below for more details.

Defrost Drain

Jul 21, 2010 | Magic Chef CTB1821AR Top Freezer...

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Water dripping into the refrigerator


Sounds very common. Without seeing your refrigerator I can only imagine that you have a drain pan leak below refrigerator, defrost condensate drain line loose or missing the drain pan, frozen over drain opening inside rear wall of freezer or the defrost condensate line is blocked somewhere along its route to the condensate collection tray below refrigerator. I am not finished so plaes don't rate me until I complete. Sea Breeze

Apr 09, 2010 | Kenmore 64802 Top Freezer Refrigerator

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WE have an older fridge. Water is now collecting


Good day,
On some of the older models when the refrigerator went thru it's automatic defrost cycle, the condensate water ran down the back wall, under the crispers and out that drain plug you described.
You can verify if that is your model by looking at the back wall of the machine. If there is no drain tube running down the back, then that is the model you have.
If that is the case, just remove the plug. The water should run directly into the drain pan.
Clean the plug and opening and that's it.

Apr 05, 2010 | Maytag Admiral Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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My GE refrigerator collects water under the crisper and then spills onto the floor..What is the solution?


This is a common problem when the defrost condensate drain becomes blocked. Below is a link that tell more about what is happening. Sea Breeze
- This is when it leaks into the fresh food section.
http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=22.0 - And this link is when it's cause in the freezer section.
http://fixitnow.com/wp/2009/05/26/the-permanent-cure-for-repeatedly-freezing-condensate-drains-in-whirlpool-roper-kitchenaid-top-mount-refrigerators/

Jul 23, 2009 | GE GTS22KBP Top Freezer Refrigerator

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Water leaking inside the refrigerator


Hi

Most times this is a plugged defrost drain system. The defrost heater in the freezer section melts the frost and changes it to water, this water is suppose to flow down a drain system. If this drain system is restricted or plugged the water will leak inside the refrigerator. The drain system starts in the freezer section with a tray built under the evaporator coil. The water is funneled through a small hose into a cup in the top middle of the fresh food section ( not on all models, but this is the most common way ), from there, the water is directed out the back wall to a drain hose that runs down the back of the refrigerator into a condensing tray. The heat created under the fridge makes the water evaporate and disappear. Some of the cups ( in the top back of the fresh food section ) can be removed for cleaning. A turkey baster can be used to help clean out the drain system. Fill the baster with hot water and "blast" it into the drain hose to help flush it out. A piece of wire or pipe cleaner can also be pushed into the drain hoses to help clean then out. On a S x S style of fridge the drain system is in the bottom back of the freezer section and often you will have to remove the evaporator cover to access the drain hole. You can clean this out in the same manner as previously mentioned, but because of the water leaking into the freezer instead of the fresh food section you will have to remove the ice build up to clean out the drain system. For some reason Whirlpool has found a need to "hide" the drain hose inside the walls now ( Whirlpool makes many of the Kenmore branded refrigerators ) on there top freezer refrigerators. This makes accessing the drain hose to flush it out more difficult, no cup inside the fresh food section, no hose down the outside back wall and the only access is inside the freezer section behind the back false wall and under the evaporator coils.

Please do rate the solution as FixYa if found useful and revert for further assistance.

Thanks
Rylee

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Water under drawers, condensation on top of freezer


Water collecting on the top of a freezer, I have to wipe it every week, it is on the outside of the freezer, on top of the formica surface. Please Help.

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King, you probably have a defrost drain port that is frozen over. When the unit goes into defrost it's running through the air damper instead of going out the drain line. Therefore you get water into the refrigerator section. You can verify this by removing the evaporator cover in the freezer and checking the drain hole. You can clear it by running hot water into it. You will have to remove all the built up ice from water that did not drain in that area...Catriver..post back.

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