By chance noticed I had water leaking into my basement. It seems the fridge located directly above it had an overflowing drip pan. Unscrewed the bottom plate of the fridge and found the dip pan and emptied it but am now confused - Does this need to be emptied on a regular basis? If so why do they secure kickplate with screws? Too, I have lots of ice build up at the top of the freezer and some on the fridge. Have put thermometers in both . Fridge is actually often borderline being too warm. What steps should I take next? Freezer has an automatic ice maker -could this be the problem? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am new owner of the house and did not purchase but I believe it is approx 2 years old.Thanks!
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Re: Just found a huge leak
Water in pan should evaporate of its own accord.
you may have two faults. first, check door seals to see they mate with cabinet. if seals don't seal properly, excessive air will get in and hence the excess of ice.
second, you should not have ice build up. remove back panel of freezer and check if evaporator has excessive ice build-up. if so, this points to a fault in the defrost system
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You will need to look for water line leaks but water in small amounts can also come from a defrosting drip pan. The dust and fuzz that get into these things over the years also can cause water to go where it is not suppose to.
1. A cracked plastic tube. These will leak whenever there's a call for water - either the chilled water dispenser, or re-filling the icemaker tray (two seperate tubes). Pay particular attention to anywhere the tubes are clamped to the chassis; anywhere they're routed near or under the refrigeration unit; and near the solenoid valve - especially if there's a tight loop in the tube there.
2. A bad (leaking) connection where one of the tubes exits the water valve. Again, these will leak whenever the valve is activated.
Those plastic tubes don't last forever. I've replaced many of them for the same symptoms. They're known to simply deteriorate with age.
Manuf's make good money selling replacement tubing kits.
When the ice maker calls for water it pours for about 7 seconds if more will overflow and drips into tray , but the most common problem is the dual valve that leaks even after ice maker called for water (this valve is located in the back of the fridge at the bottom where the water line is hooked up.)
your water line to the fridge is most likely leaking. You should turn it off right away. The line turn off is either behind the fridge or under sink. sometimes its in basement. The line is very easy to replace. You can get the plastic ones at home centers for under 5 bucks.