I have a side by side kenmore refrigerator with an ice maker that is leaking water from underneath. The drip pan is full and overflowing. How can this be removed and what could be the problem. Also, I would like to know what the knob is in the front at the bottom.
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Re: refrigerator leaking water
There is normally a small shutoff valve installed in the water line servicing the ice maker; you might shut off the flow of water until you locate the problem.
Most drip pans can be slid out but it would be wise to lower the level with sponges or similar to avoid any more spillage than you already have.
If the 'knob' is centered it is probably the release knob for the grill, behind which is of course the drip pan.
Before damning the ice maker (although they are among the most unreliable devices known to man), I would pull the fridge out and examine the fitting where the water line is attached.
Any lime buildup or green corrosion around the fitting would imply that the leak is external to the cabinet and the leaked water is only accidentally making it to the drip pan.
If you haven't been getting blocks of ice in the cube storage bin, the shutoff valve is apparently working so you may get lucky locating the source of the leak.
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a contant runing of water is most likely a leak in the ice maker supply hose , an intermitant drip of water is a drip pan thats full in bottom of fridge (closest to floor ) this water comes from the auto defrost cycle most times this water evaporates away , but as fridge gets older it makes more frost that needs melted hence more water ,sometimes it over comes the pan and runs to floor , a good flashlight and getting down to look underneath usually tells you source of leak
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.
OK I will help but I think if you could find the model number and on some they always seem to be worn off or hard to see, I'm trying to picture in my mind if you have a water and ice dispenser in a side by side or jut a freezer over the fresh food compartment. If you have no water and ice then something like a leak has happened to de condensate collector pan or the drain tube has missed the pan. Without water from another source something is wrong with the pan or the pipe leading to the pan. If you have water and Ice Maker it;s possible you have sprung a leak in the water lines leading to the dispenser near the floor and behind the kick plate. The water lines on those models enter the bottom hinge of the door.Best way to see what is happening with the condensate pan is unplug and pull refrigerator away from wall and remove cover over compressor and condenser area to examine the pan closely. See if you can locate that model number and I will return with some helpful links, Thanks, Sea Breeze
There is a tray that is in the bottom, remove the cover thats located just under the doors in front. You will see it most of time black in color and it will be easy to pull out be careful for it will be full. Its from condensation most the time in the summer this happens really no problem. if thats not it check the ice maker water supply line that could be it also.
there is a drip pan located underneath you ref but most likely your prob is a plugged drain line coming from the freezer. when you ref goes into automatic def the water doesnt run out into the drip pan but instead onto your floor..
you can clean the drain line by removing the rear cover in the freezer compartment and using hot water to thaw the drain below the evap coil.
Is this a self defrost refrig. if it is then it might be doing that, which then you might want to look for the drain that is suppose to drain into this pan. It might be missing the pan try that, let us know thanks.
your fridge has a water trap pan underneath it to catch the water from the drain line when your fridge automatic defrost.
either the pan is not in place proper or the pan may not be underneath, period. or pan could be stopped up/need cleaning. or if pan is made of plastic, it could be cracked.
it is located at the bottom of fridge where you see something loos like a grilled vent. remove that bottom piece to get to the drain pan.(it just slides out!!) good luck & hope i was helpful.