CoolTech Fridge/Freezer has suddenly started to drip a lot of water from the front internal vent. I have checked the door seals and they are all ok. I thought it may be a blocked rear condensation drip pipe but this is not accessible through the sealed back panel. What can be done?
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Usually due to CONDENSATION due to bad door seals or a plugged evaporator drain line? Can use a soft flexable tubing and very hot water to clean it out. Bad door seals usually need replacement, but u can use a blow dryer and something to pry it closer to the door wall while blowing hot air on to it. To create a seal, to test for bad door seals place a dollar bill in between the door and wall of fridge where it closes. Then slide out the dollar bill with door closed. It should offer some resistance and not be easy to pull out.
Most all fridges have a drain. Look inside your fridge for a "V" shaped channel with a small hole. This hole leads to a tube and a small pan which sits on top of your refrigerator's compressor. The defrost cycle causes water to run into the channel, down the tube, and then it generally evaporates with the heat of the hot condenser/compressor.
However, if that tube is clogged with food crumbs, particles , debris etc, you will have to clear it to get back to a normal mode of operation. A toothpick, pipecleaner, straw or a cotton bud can often do the trick.
Even a frost free freezer will still ice up at times in the areas away from the heated defrost area and the drain line can freeze. This icing causes the pipe work to the compressor to ice over or sweat and cause a puddle. Or if the drainage has frozen over, it will need to be de-iced. ( usually the line is under the freezer bottom plate covering. Towards the back of the unit) And there is another inside the fridge area also.
Give the freezer a good overnight defrost until it's totally clear of ice in addition to making sure the drain is clear to the pan at the back and then restart the freezer.
WATER DRIPPING FROM THE FREEZER DOWN TO THE FRIDGE SECTION MEANS YOU HAVE A CLOGGED DRAIN, WHEN THE FRIDGE GOES INTO DEFROST CYCLE, IT MELTS THE ICE FROM THE COIL, THIS WATER HAS TO GO DOWN THE DRAIN TO THE TRAY LOCATED UNDER THE FRIDGE BY THE COMPRESSOR, BUT SINCE UR DRAINIS IS FROZEN, THE WATERS HAS TO FIND ITS WAY OUT SOMETIMES DRIPS TRU THE AIR VENT, AN RUNS DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FRIGDGE SIDE, AN WHEN YOU OPEN THE DOOR YOU WONT SEE IT, BUT U WILL NOTICE THE WATER ON THE FRONT LATER U JUST WONT KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM...!
IF THE FAN IS NOT RUNNING YOU MIGHT HAVE TO REMOVE THE PANEL ON THE FREEZER SIDE AN SEE WHAT IS GOING ON, A BAD DEFROST DRAIN CAN CAUSE ICE ACCUMULATIONS TO THE POINT WHERE THE ICE WOULD BE SO MUCH AN NOT ALLOW THE FAN BLADES TO SPIN, CAUSING THE FAN MOTOR TO BURN, AN OVERHEAT , BUT THE PROBLEM WOULD BE THE DRAIN, AN THE WATER YOU SEE IS THE WATERR THAT MELTS FROM THE DEFROST CYCLE
the coils are frozen up from condensation due to leaky door seals and/or a plugged drain. turn it off, defrost it with a hair dryer, check the seals and the drain (under the coils), and turn it back on.
In a frost-free refrigerator/freezer the frost that would normally accumulate on the inside wall of the freezer is removed by heaters imbedded in the freezer's walls. Periodically these heaters are turn on to melt the frost which then exits the freezer as liquid water through a drain in bottom. This water accumulated in a pan underneath the refrigerator and is supposed to be removed by evaporation. If the flow of melted frost from the freezer is greater than the evaporation rate in the pan then the pan will overflow and you will get a pool of water on your floor. A bad seal on the freezer door will allow more frost to form inside. Also if you leave the freezer door open a lot you will accumulate more frost. The evaporation rate in the pan can be affected by the ventilation around it. If the vents on the bottom of your refrigerator are clogged with dust it will decrease the evaporate rate in the pan. In addition, many refrigerators have a fan the pulls air around the pan. If this fan has stopped working the evaporation rate in the pan will also decrease.
try checking the tube that water drains out , it could be plugged with crumbs or old partials of food and causing the problem, This has happened with my fridge at one time , affecting the defrost cycle of the freezer and dripping water out of the door, The tube was located under the crisper in the back of the inside of my fridge, Hope this solves your problem
Refrigerator/freezers often have a de-icing cycle. Moisture condenses on the evaporator coils and freezes. The deice cycle melts and the water is supposed to flow through a tube to either a pan at the bottom of the fridge or a cup attached to the top of the compressor. Sounds to me there may be a plug or obstruction causing the water to back up. Test with water to see flow through the tube.
Another possibility is the seals around the doors and the insulation in the walls could be compromised. The seals are replaceable. Accessing the insulation is a major pain. I recommend finding another fridge to avoid such pain.
Im no expert, but you can try this, take the back bottom cover off and you will see two drairn pipes going into a drip tray. remove those pipes ( just pull them down ) make SURE they are not blocked ( there is a rubber thing at the top that can close up--- just cut it open ) place a bucket under those pipes and leave your fridge off and the doors OPEN........ it may take a couple of days for ALL the ice to defrost. when you think its done--- leave it a few hours and if there is any water being collected --- you still have ice in there. i was amazed at how much and for how long water kept dripping out of the fridge drain pipe.... the pipe nearest to the compresser is for the frezzer, If the sensor that tells the fridge to get cold is all iced up it wont even try to get cold--- it thinks it is already.