For a while now we have had water leaking from under the freezer. Now the fridge seems to have water running down the back collecting in the bit at the bottom and instead of going out through the pipe it is dropping on to floor of fridge. outlet pipe is clear. any ideas.
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Re: water leaking from freezer and fridge
Need to see if the drain if frozen over. Will have to take back panel in freezer off to verify. This is usually the cause. If it is frozen over run hot water down drain until all ice is gone. If the defrost heater is close enough to the drain you can install what is called a heat probe that attaches to the heater and sticks down into the drain hole which helps prevent this problem.
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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.
Something to try....on the back wall of the fridge nearer to the top is a little cup like part sticking out. There is water in it but it usually runs down an attached tube inside back wall and ends up under the fridge and gets evaporated. If that tube or the little cup thing is plugged then it will drip in the fridge and collect on the inside bottom of the fridge. So the trick is to clean them out. Check it out ...may solve the problem.
Most times this is a plugged defrost
drain system. The defrost heater in the freezer section melts the frost and
changes it to water, this water is suppose to flow down a drain system. If this
drain system is restricted or plugged the water will leak inside the
refrigerator. The drain system starts in the freezer section with a tray built
under the evaporator coil. The water is funneled through a small hose into acupin the
top middle of the fresh food section ( not on all models, but this is the most
common way ), from there, the water is directed out the back wall to adrain
down the back of the refrigerator into a condensing tray. The heat created
under the fridge makes the water evaporate and disappear. Some of thecups( in the
top back of the fresh food section ) can be removed for cleaning. A turkey
baster can be used to help clean out the drain system. Fill the baster with hot
water and "blast" it into the drain hose to help flush it out. A
piece of wire or pipe cleaner can also be pushed into the drain hoses to help
clean then out. On a S x S style of fridge the drain system is in the bottom
back of the freezer section and often you will have to remove the evaporator
cover to access thedrain
clean this out in the same manner as previously mentioned, but because of the
water leaking into the freezer instead of the fresh food section you will have
to remove the ice build up to clean out the drain system.
If in case the water is leaking on the floor then:-- There are several things to check for. The condensing defrost tray under the fridge can crack or develop a hole and leak onto the floor. A door gasket not closing properly may cause sweating and leak onto the floor. If your fridge has developed a frost free failure problem, often the frost will travel down the suction line at the back of the fridge and drip water on the floor. The heat exchanger tubing can separate and also sweat and drip on the floor. Ice maker and chilled water fill lines can crack and leak as well, this is fairly common with the plastic lines as they can dry out and crack. Unplug the unit from main power outlet and empty whole unit and keep both the doors open and then connect the power after 24 hours and recheck.This procedure is called manual defrost reset.If this helps then its OK,but if this procedure not helping then its the faulty defrost unit and it needs to be replaced. You can get required parts fromwww.repairclinic.com Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this
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the bottom tray/salad compartment will always get a fair amount of condensation because they are glossy plastic(bathroom paint is matt)the only "cure" is kitchen towel under the tray and remove once a week.as for the drain it is normally at the back and does collect a fair amount of "moss"in the tube,pour some clorine bleach down to clear any out.the design of the shelves directs the side/back condensation down the drain.
Good day, On some of the older models when the refrigerator went thru it's automatic defrost cycle, the condensate water ran down the back wall, under the crispers and out that drain plug you described. You can verify if that is your model by looking at the back wall of the machine. If there is no drain tube running down the back, then that is the model you have. If that is the case, just remove the plug. The water should run directly into the drain pan. Clean the plug and opening and that's it.
Well for one thing that unit was manufactured 10 years ago. But it sounds like the defrost drain is clogged and the water is running down the inside of the unit. The evaporator (not condenser) is on the bottom of the freezer compartment. The bottom panel of the freezer comes out. They are a bit of a pain to do, but can be done.
Hello, this sounds like you have a blockage in the drain tube, remove panel back/bottom of freezer..you may see ice build up...melt ice with hair dryer/heat gun...you will see a pan below evaporator...melt ice in pan...dry water up in pan with paper towel...now you should see a hole in pan that leads to drain tube...pour some hot water in pan..wait a couple minutes..mop up water and repeat this step 2-3 times....once you have done this find some flexible curatain wire or electrical wire..poke down the hole until you see the water drain..now it is clear..put back panel back and you are good to go. The reason you see water in the fridge is because the water has been leaking into the freezer and down the vent into the fridge instead of running into the drain hole...Please feel free to comment again if you need any further assistance. Mike
If everything else on the refrigerator seems fine (freezing and refrigerating are fine), then you probably have a problem with the drain hose under the evaporator coil. On frost free freezers, there is a heater that comes on periodically to melt off all the frost on the evaporator coil, and that defrosted frost (water) goes out a drain hose and collects in a pan at the back of the unit where it can evaporate.
Either the drain is clogged with ice inside the freezer, (in which case you might notice ice building up on the bottom of the freezer, or perhaps water collecting on the bottom of the refrigerator if your freezer is on top) OR there is something wrong with the pan at the back of the refrigerator, like a crack, or it somehow got tilted so that the water pours out. It is located behind the panel on the back.
Or perhaps, and this would really ****, the water line that supplies your ice maker is leaking, if you have one. If you do have one, I would recommend turning the water line to the fridge off before pulling the fridge out.
Clean out the defrost drain. There is a drain in the freezer that lets all the defrost water run under the fridge. If that gets clogged then all the water runs into the freezer and can even leak onto the floor