Question about Refrigerators
Hi, if your refrigerator leaks water in the fresh food section, there are two ways this can happen.
The most common cause is a blocked defrost drain. Every 8 hours or so, the refrigerator goes into defrost, and ice is melted from the cooling coils. This water must drop into a very small hole just under the evaporator coil, and from there, falls into a drain cup in the fresh food section. It the goes into a drain hose thru the back wall and down to the condensate pan under the fridge.
To correct a blocked drain, remove the inside panel in the freezer to expose the evaporator, then use very hot water to melt any ice you see down in the drain area below the coils. Sometimes a small probe, such as a coat-hanger which has been cut to 6", may be used to help clear the small hole. Always add a capful of bleach to the hole once it is clear to kill any residual algae.
Posted on Dec 30, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Self-defrosting refrigerators dispose of the water generated during the defrost cycle, usually via a tube or channel that directs the water to a pan at the bottom of the refrigerator. From the pan, the water normally evaporates. If the tube or channel is clogged or obstructed, the water backs up and leaks into the inside of the refrigerator compartment. Then the water builds up at the bottom, inside of the refrigerator. When the water has built up for a time it may spill out of the front of the door opening. To fix this problem, clear the drain tube or channel and allow the defrost water to flow down to the drain pan.
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