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Water is collecting at the bottom of the refrigerator,under the food crisper drawer

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  • jfm10mann May 18, 2011

    I wonder when you mention defrost if you then mean I should be looking in the freezer (located at top of frig). The one drain line I found in the refrig is located at the top center back area. Please confirm.
    Thank You.

  • jfm10mann May 18, 2011

    this sounds like an easy solution but given all the water that has collected at the bottom of the fridge (even if I sponge it up) will I risk having water overflowing unto my hardwood floor?

  • jfm10mann May 19, 2011

    I can not defrost the refrige right now because of all the food I have inside. There is no ice build up on the walls and there is no mold. Would a shorter period work such as 12 hours?



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There is a drain hole inside the fridge. The drain hole brings water out toward the evaporator. The drain hole is plugged, probably because of iced water inside the thin drain duct.

Check inside the fridge and locate the drain hole at the back. Usually the hole can be unclogged performing a complete defrost. A faster way is using an hairdryer. In that case the operation needs attention. Hairdryer on cold settings does not defrost in deep inside the hole. On hot you risk to damage the fridge panels. Better removing the food and performing defrost.

If defrost is not enough the drain hole must be unblocked using a thin flexible shaft or a copper wire.

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    Ginko May 18, 2011

    If water is in the fresh food section forget about the freezer. Check inside the fridge, there is a hole of about a couple of mm. That leads water outside.
    The hole is clogged inside. You need to "defrost" the unit because you need to get rid of the water inside the drain tube.

    All you need to do is removing food and turning fridge off for 24 hours.

  • Ginko
    Ginko May 18, 2011


    If there is no ice formation on the walls of fridge compartment you will not get much extra water. The water in the drain hose is a very small amount, and will drop out at the back of the fridge while you do defrost.

    If the water that you have at the bottom is from condensation, it will be no more than one cup or so. That cup has condensed in hours. When you stop the fridge, the water will stop condensing, ice in the drain will melt allowing few centiliters of ice becoming water and unblocking the drain. If fridge is not moldy or very dirty, there is no need for a flexible shaft to free the drain.

  • Ginko
    Ginko May 19, 2011


    If you want to fix the problem, you need to get rid of the ice or leave with the water problem for few more weeks and program doing a defrost in the longer term.



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