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Water beneath my salad bin

I have a FFA70 fridge and I keep getting water beneath the salad bin, the gutter drain is not covered and is not blocked but water does not seem to go down the hole, please can you give me some advice. Many Thanks


  • help_needed2 Feb 09, 2008

    I've had the same problem had to unplug the appliance and defrost it, which worked for a few days then back to the problem. any suggestions would be grateful.



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I had a blocked refregerator drain, would not clear at the top and when explored downwards with a long thin wire it stopped just short of the evaporator tray on top of the compressor. Removed the air ducting inside the freezer part and found the cooling matrix was half blocked with solid ice. Warmed and cleared all that and guessed that the solid ice everywhere was close to where the refigerator drain block seemed to be. Sure enough after thrawing the WHOLE unit completely I managed to remove a 6-7 cm slug of solid ice from the refigerator drain hole above the evaporator tray.
Reassembled and working fine and drain is clear!
Freezer fan is working less hard too.

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If the drain is truly not blocked then the water will go down it. try poking a piece of thin wire down it to check, and have a look on the outside at the back - some models have a tray or tank where this water collects that may be full - else the fridge drain should be plumbed into a drain - check from the outside too. Also check if the fridge is truly level. The feet allow you to adjust this and see - sometimes a small change in angle can spoil the drainage characteristics of these machines (possibly even lean it backwards a little if it looks like this might help). the only other possibility is if the fridge drain is fixed into another drain, that another appliance or fixture is causing back pressure - if so you would be able to see bubbling into your fridge if you sat and watched while someone else ran all the sinks/toilets/washers/dishwashers etc around the house - in theory though when all these other items are not running then the water should still drain.

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  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2007

    also there is often a small plastic piece that sits in the drain hole without blocking it to break the surface tension of the water - if you dont have one then the top end of a simple plastic cocktail stirrer with about an inch (2.5 centimetres) of the stem sticking down the drain hole - so long as the top of the stirrer or the stem doesn't totally block the hole then this may work.

    see first if you still have the bit in a bag with the manual and warranty and those mystery screws in the back of a drawer somewhere.

    try this idea by poking bit of wire in drain with water there and see if it goes down.

    Hope this helps too :)

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2007

    have a look at a couple of other fridges or in a dealer and you are sure to see one of these items - the dealer migbht even have a bag of them to give away.



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