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Water leak in refrigerator?

I read the previous post about unblocking a water draining tube from freezer. I can't find any tube to unblock! Where do I look? I looked on the back, inside, etc. Also vacuumed underneath and behind. Thanks.

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Here’s Follows What To Do:

1. Have a technicians tip the fridge slightly back so you can get under it.

2. Unscrew the front legs a couple turns to raise them. (Don’t take them off, though.)

3. Put the refrigerator down.

4. Use a level on the front edge of the refrigerator to make sure the legs are even.

5. Partially open the door and walk away. It should close by itself now.

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My refring is leaking inse back by some styrofome. Its seems to have some typ housing. Thanks for any input.

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Pam, you can start by shutting off the water supply to the fridge which means you will not get any water or ice but you will not have water leaking on the floor until you can get the water supply tube underneath the refrigerator that leads to the water and ice dispenser replaced. Most likely than not it has a crack in it and that is where the water is coming from. It's not at all that difficult to change the tube yourself.

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I have a kenmore refrigator and it's been leaking from the bottom not in the pan it's dry it's under the drainage pan

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Hello and thank you for this. I have a Frigidaire Gallery, only a few years old and it's dripping from the freezer and overflowing into the fridge and onto the bottom of the fridge. Where can I find the place to thaw or clean?

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Clogged or Freezing Defrost Drain

If the refrigerator is leaking water it's possible that the refrigerator has a clogged or freezing defrost drain. If the defrost drain freezes the defrost water will overflow the drain and drip down to the bottom of the compartment, If enough water accumulates in the bottom it can run out onto the floor. Thaw any ice that is clogging the drain. Make sure the drain is clear by flushing it with a turkey baster and HOT water.

Water Tank Assembly

If the refrigerator is leaking water the water tank assembly may have sprung a leak. Check the water tank assembly while it's still in the refrigerator to see if the leak can be found. Keep in mind that the tank is not under pressure, it only holds water at a very low pressure and so the leak might be very small and hard to find. The tank can sometimes be made up of coiled tubing and is usually located behind the crisper drawers, behind a panel in the refrigerator section. If a leak is discovered, replace it. The plastic they use for the tank doesn't accept glue very well.

Water Inlet Valve

If the refrigerator is leaking water the water valve may be cracked or have a loose fitting. The water inlet valve requires a minimum of 20 psi to shut off properly. If the water inlet valve does not shut off properly and the water pressure is good, replace the water inlet valve.

Water Filter Housing

If the refrigerator is leaking water the water filter housing might be cracked or broken. Inspect the housing thoroughly and replace it if any cracks are found.

Water Filter Head

If the refrigerator is leaking water the water filter head might be cracked or the seal might be torn or missing. Check the water filter housing carefully for any damage or defects.

Drain Pan

If the refrigerator is leaking water the drain pan might be cracked. All self-defrosting refrigerators have a drain pan. The drain pan is underneath the refrigerator or near the compressor. When the refrigerator goes into the defrost cycle the frost and ice that is melted off of the evaporator coils flows down a small tube and into the drain pan below. The condenser fan blows warm air from the condenser coils across the top of the drain pan to evaporate the water quickly and so the drain pan never has to be emptied. However, if it cracks, the water from the defrost cycle will spill out of the pan onto the floor.

Water Filter

If the refrigerator is leaking water the water filter might not be installed correctly. Remove and reinstall the filter to be sure it's seated properly.

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As an old female, I've tried several things, I took out everything in the freezer, can't find a drain hole there on at crisper trays area. I did change the settings in my Frigidare(A-E to C now I have ice in the water this is pooling. Now what?

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Will turning off the freezer and letting it completely defrost fix this problem when restarted?

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Sure, if a frozen hose is your problem, but thats drastic if it's full of food.

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I found the best way to unclog the plastic drain hose is to get a 6' length of 1/8" stainless steel aircraft cable (from Lowe's, cut off the spool) and fish it down the length of the tubing from the top freezer to the drip pan. Fray the ends of the trailing side of the cable so that when you pull it through it works like a roto-rooter.

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If the drain pan is cracked, use a semi-liquid sealant to repair it

Worked for me

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You will have to locate the evaporator coils inside the fridge. In a side by side, they are probably in the bottom. You will have to remove some plastic parts to get to the coils. Under the coils is a drip tray which catches the water when the fridge goes into the defrost cycle. In the drip tray, there is a small drain hole; about 1/4 inch diameter or less. The drain hole can be difficult to find, but trust me it's there. Use a turkey baster with HOT water to melt the accumulated ice inside the drain tube. You can also use a hair drier; just be careful not to damage any plastic parts.

Hope this helps.

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You do realize this question is 14 months old.

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@ Mayer - It's still useful to anyone else with the same issue...

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Like Me! Thanks jocastaanderson

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Like me, too. I just asked the question this week, 7/9/18. Brenda

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Helpful to me as well. 7/13/2018 Thanks!

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I had this problem recurring several times with a GE fridge

I finally solved it by attaching an inverted L shape piece of 3/16" copper tubing into the drain hole,

The longer side of the L has to be long enough to be placed 1-1/2 -2" inch inside the drain tube.

The short end of the copper L tube, about 1-3/4" long I attached it firmly to the heating element that do the defrosting with a small screw clamp.

It has not leaked ever since. The copper tube will get warm and melt any ice trying to enter the drain hole.

It is a $5 fix

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That's a really clever fix....hats off...

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Will turning off the freezer and allowing the defrost drain to warm up fix the clogged freezer drain problem?

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Absolutely brilliant!!! To think we have such idiot politicians that cannot tie their own shoes.

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Hi @ HAZEM M IBRAHIM,

What is the model number of the refrigerator?

If there is no water connected to the refrigerator (some have water dispenser only, not both water and ice), check that the freezer drain hose empties into the evaporator pan under the refrigerator and not onto the floor or that the pan is not full to overflowing. Some fridges have a heater in the pan to help evaporate the water, others just use natural evaporation as they perform the auto defrost cycle more often so there is less water to evaporate.

The water is the meltwater from the ice that is melted by the auto defrost cycle in the freezer.

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Model # ET8WTEXMQ03

No water line connected to the fridge,

I do not know where is the drain pan is to check it

Inside the fridge area is dry. the water is only on the floor

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Hi,

As I said, it is "under" the fridge, on the outside of the compartments.

Most fridges have access at the back where the compressor is.

Access may be behind a panel or it may be open.

You need to check for a pipe coming out from the fridge. They usually have a J curve at the end, but it should be over a pan (or tray) for the water to flow (drip?) into.

Be careful when you go to look. Turn off the power to the fridge

Here' a link that shows you roughly what it looks like. part #43 - tray evap

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I did find the pan and It was dry .I removed the back panel in the freezer and found the drain hole covered with ice ran some hot water through it several times waited for about 15 minutes and buttoned everything back and plugged back on and 5 hours later it started leaking again to the bottom of the fridge under the drawers and to the floor. Did I miss something, did I do something wrong?

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Hi,

Did it leak when you poured the hot water through?

Did the water that you poured into the freezer drain hole come out of a pipe and into the pan?

If not perhaps the connection between the freezer drain hole and the hose that goes to the outlet pipe is loose or perhaps the outlet hose is loose to its' connection to the internal hose that goes back to the freezer drain hole.

That's all there is in the defrost drain section.

The only other thing that I can think of is the melt water from the evaporator unit flowing towards the drain hole and not flowing somewhere else.

The freezer is the only place where water can come from.

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No leak , when I poured the hot water through

the water that I poured into the freezer drain hole came out of a pipe and into the pan without an issue.

I will keep trying the same steps again and keep you updated.

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Water pours out of my refirgerator when i take the filter out to change it. What's wrong and how can I fix it?

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Turn the water off when changing the filter.

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The water is coming from inside my fridge. What can I do to stop that?

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I can't find any hose in top in freezer to flush out! HELP!

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Where is the drain????

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Usually in freezer behind the plastic cover, which houses the fan. Unplug your fridge. You remove screws or pull clips and unplug the fan and set the plastic cover aside. You will then see the evaporator behind it with a clear plastic tube and what looks like a coiled wire in it, which is the defrost element. Also there will be a dished aluminum piece under these things such has a drain in it. Sometimes, this will be full of ice and you won't be able to see the drain hole. You can defrost this with warm water but usually a heat gun or hair dryer will work to access it. Then you will most likely have to use warm water to defrost the drain hose, as it is probably iced up aways down.

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I have a GE side by side with water\ice dispenser on the door. The tube on the water dispenser started dripping which fills up the catch tray and drips down the front of frig. i have tried everything . . . how do I get it to stop leaking? I can not even find the source of the leak. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

Darla

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Darla you can start by shutting off the water supply to the fridge which means you will not get any water or ice but you will not have water leaking on the floor until you can get the tube underneath the refrigerator replaced.

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I bought two thermometers and found my refrigerator was set near the coldest setting while the freezer was perfect. I raised the temperature to about 1/2 way between coldest and warmest safe temperatures by moving the thermostat a small amount each day until the refrigerator was safe, but warmer by a few degrees. I also removed the baffles in the freezer and made a copper wire to go into the drain. I also changed out two parts, but I believe the problem was the temperature settings and nothing else.

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I have a top freezer fridgedaire less than a year old. No ice maker. No water dispenser. It's in a seasonal rental so not full of food. There's always a small puddle on first shelf of fridge. Like a slow drip. How do I get that to stop?

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If it is a frost free fridge, there must be some 1/2" pipe coming out of the back of the refrigerator that must be clogged. Follow the instructions to unclog the pipe . by taking out the plastic case of the top freezer

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my refrigerator model LMX25984ST/00 IS LEAKING WATER I CHANGE THE WATER VALVES AND STILL THE SAME PROBLEM WHEN I CLOSE THE DOOR IT STARTS LEACKING AGAIN ..., ANY IDEAS WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM?

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Brenda, you can start by shutting off the water supply to the fridge which means you will not get any water or ice but you will not have water leaking on the floor until you can get the water supply tube underneath the refrigerator that leads to the water and ice dispenser replaced. Most likely than not it has a crack in it and that is where the water is coming from. It's not at all that difficult to change the tube yourself.

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I have a Frigidare stainless side by side with water/ice dispenser. It's only 6yrs old.

I am on my second FAILED ice maker and just recently it started leaking at the front on the right/fridge side. I have no clue what this could be that's leaking in the front.

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Jason, you can start by shutting off the water supply to the fridge which means you will not get any water or ice but you will not have water leaking on the floor until you can get the water supply tube underneath the refrigerator that leads to the water and ice dispenser replaced. Most likely than not it has a crack in it and that is where the water is coming from. It's not at all that difficult to change the tube yourself.

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I have an LG side by side icemaker water dispenser refrigerator, THere is a crack in the pipe feeding the water to the dispenser. I have taken the front cover off and found the pipe split. How do I replace it? Any ideas?

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I have a,kenmore plain jane,refrigator,and it's leaking water out on my floor and it's under the drain pan what can I do to stop it

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Could be a blockage in the drainage system this i found out there was some sort sealant, putty which had fallen off and clog up the drainage. Tried everything in the end service company which we have used before http://www.agsrefrigeration.co.uk sent a engineer out who unclogged it for us and found the source of the problem which was the sealant.

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Any tried to use table salt and a hair dryer in the drain hole?

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Here’s Follows What To Do:

1. Have a technicians tip the fridge slightly back so you can get under it.

2. Unscrew the front legs a couple turns to raise them. (Don’t take them off, though.)

3. Put the refrigerator down.

4. Use a level on the front edge of the refrigerator to make sure the legs are even.

5. Partially open the door and walk away. It should close by itself now.

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