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Fridge leaks (smal trickle) at the back from the left hand corner, looking at the back. Drain hole is clear and it isn't water coming from on top of the compressor.

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  • LeedsKa Jul 12, 2008

    This fridge is only just over 12 months old but has only just started to do this. Do you think I will see a pin hole leak? Where is the water coming from in the first instance? Inside the freezer compartment or condesation from somewhere?

  • LeedsKa Jul 14, 2008

    There is no obvious cover to remove from this fridge/freezer and I'm concerned about damaging the pipework to the compressor and cooling coils. Some advice would be appreciated. Do you think Sweet Rascal is right. Will I be able to spot a pinhole where this water is coming from?

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Just go through this video i have posted..

http://www.ehow.com/video_112132_fix-leaking-refrigerator.html

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Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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Sir,

Its also possible there is a small leak around one of your inlet water valves for water dispensor & ice maker. That dual valve is located in the back corner of the fridge. You have to remove the bottom panel in back to check it. You might want to put a piece of cardboard under fridge overnight to try & pinpoint the location of leak.

Replace the icemaker signal arm in the ON (down) position. Pour a glass of water through the dispenser, but do not drink it. Open the refrigerator door and check for leaks. It you find a leak, unscrew the filter cup and reinstall the filter. You may also want to check the o-ring inside the cup to make sure it is correctly in place.



  1. Condition the filter by running water through the dispenser for about three minutes. This will flush the filter of all fine carbon particles.


  2. In some models, you will have to reset the filter status light. It is located on the ice and water dispenser control panel. Push in on it for ten to fifteen seconds until the green, red, and amber lights flash. If your refrigerator model does not have a filter status light, you should make a note on a calendar, or place a month sticker on your filter to remind you to replace the filter again in six month's time.



Note: Replacing this type of filter is a quick process - there is no need to unplug your refrigerator or shut the water off when replacing it. Also, this filter should be replaced every six months.



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Hi,

Water can leak from these areas:

The bottom front of the refrigerator or freezer door
The back of the refrigerator
The inside ceiling of the refrigerator
The inside back wall of the refrigerator
Underneath the front of the refrigerator
The bottom front of the refrigerator or freezer door Self-defrostingrefrigerators usually dispose of the water generated during the defrostcycle via a tube or channel that directs the water to a pan at thebottom of the refrigerator. From the pan, the water normallyevaporates. (See a more detailed explanation of this in the How ThingsWork section of our website).

If the tube or channel is cloggedor obstructed, the water backs up and leaks into the inside of therefrigerator compartment. Then the water builds up at the bottom,inside of the refrigerator. When the water has built up for a time itmay 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 flowdown to the drain pan.

In some refrigerators, the defrostwater is intentionally directed down the back wall of the refrigerator,where it then flows to the bottom of the refrigerator compartment andout to a small drain--usually located beneath one of the drawers at thebottom of the refrigerator. If the drain becomes clogged or blocked,the water may back up. To fix this problem, clear the obstruction.

Anothercause may be the following. The refrigerator may have doorframe heatersto evaporate any condensation on the cabinet frame. If yourrefrigerator is equipped with a switch inside that says “energy saver”or something similar, while running in that mode the door heaters aredisabled. Turn the switch to the opposite setting and wait 24 hours. Ifthe condensation disappears the problem is solved.

The back of the refrigerator Watercoming from the back of the refrigerator usually comes from either theice maker water valve or line (if there is an ice maker), or from thedefrost drain pan.

Here's what to do:

  • Ifthe water is coming from the ice maker water valve, check to make surethe water tubes are attached properly and are fastened tightly.


  • If the water seems to be coming from any part of the valve itself, replace the valve.


  • If the water appears to be coming from the defrost drain pan, inspect for holes or cracks, and replace the pan if necessary.


The inside ceiling of the refrigerator Wateraccumulating on the ceiling of the refrigerator is usually caused by aclogged drain in the freezer section beneath the evaporator. Theclogged drain will cause water from the self defrost cycle to leak intothe divider between the freezer and refrigerator. This water may thenfreeze and cause condensation build-up on the refrigerator ceiling. Thesolution to this problem begins with unclogging the drain. It may alsobe necessary to remove the entire freezer/refrigerator divider tothoroughly dry the insulation in the divider. Occasionally theinsulation needs to be replaced to prevent a recurrence of the problem.This can be a big job – you may want to hire a qualified appliancerepair technician.

The inside back wall of the refrigerator Insome refrigerators, the water from the defrost cycle is intentionallydirected down the back wall of the refrigerator, where it then flows tothe bottom of the refrigerator compartment and out to a small drain -usually located beneath one of the drawers at the bottom of therefrigerator. If the drain becomes clogged or blocked, the water mayback up. To fix this problem, clear the obstruction.

Underneath the front of the refrigerator Ifthe refrigerator is equipped with a water dispenser on the freezerdoor, check if the water line to the dispenser is leaking. Also, checkthe drip pan to be sure it isn’t out of place, broken or cracked.

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Hello sir

Remove any drawer bins that are at the bottom of the fridge and freezer and check that there is no clogging of the drain hole..IF this fridge has one. I am just thinking of my OLD fridge and what I need to do sometimes. Check the seal on the door...is there a gap that air is getting in...DID you just move it recently. Your best bet however to find out what really is wrong is to call a maintenance person to have a good look at it. sounds like the drain in the bottom of the freezer or the tube is clogged. When most self defrosting freezers defrost, the ice melts, runs through a hole or tube in the bottom of the freezer and into a tray under the freezer which is then evaporated from the heat generated by the compressor. if the water cant get to the tray it will eventually run out of the freezer since the defrost timer continues to cycle.

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This is a leak for internal portion

please remove the cover and inspect

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

  • dewan nafees ahmed Jul 14, 2008

    Underneath the front of the refrigeratorIf
    the refrigerator is equipped with a water dispenser on the freezer
    door, check if the water line to the dispenser is leaking. Also, check
    the drip pan to be sure it isn’t out of place, broken or cracked.

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