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My whirlpool fridge is leaking water from the freezer into the fridge, and then onto the floor. I vacumed. still leaks.

I vacuumed the junk underneath, but it still leaks.

karnuvap4 years ago
These fridges have what they call a 'frost-free' feature whereby they temporarily warm up slightly to prevent frost build-up at the back. What is supposed to happen is that the frost melts and it is supposed to drain away through a trough on the back surface and out through a hole. (Once outside the fridge compartment it is supposed to drip onto a small tray mounted above the copressor, which, being warm, evaporates it away. Now what often happens is that a slime-mold grows in the drain hole and blocks it. This is as disgusting as it sounds. What you need to do is un-block this drain hole. I use some old net curtain wire as it has the right diameter and stiffness to poke down the hole. Otherwise the de-frosted water collects in the bottom of the fridge and leaks out in the way you describe. Good Luck unblocking.
where is the drain hole?
robjob1918 (author)  karnuvap4 years ago
Forgive me, but what is net curtain wire? I will check this out.
its like a tight metal spring covered in plastic about as thick as a drinking straw for hanging net curtains on a window it threads through the curtains from one side to the other and can be cut to any length you need ,hard to cut.
karnuvap msw1004 years ago
Net Curtain wire is what I used just because it was the ideal stiffness and diameter but anything that you can poke down the hole will do the job - any reasonably stiff wire might work.
msw1004 years ago
Check the door seals for leaks.If coolant was leaking into the fridge you would smell it
robjob1918 (author)  msw1004 years ago
Thank you for that.
robjob1918 (author)  msw1004 years ago
Thanks, but it doesn't appear to be coolant. its water coming from the inside of the freezer dripping down into the fridge. Also anything stored in the way back of the fridge is freezing up.
Sounds like a seal on the freezer door is letting in air if it were a cooling pipe damaged it would not freeze at all.
mikeasaurus4 years ago
there can only be a few reasons why your freezer is leaking: 1) the freezer temperature is set too low, causing the cold air to condense when it comes in contact with a warmer surface and then dripping down into your fridge. What is it currently set at? Freezers should be set to -17°C (0°F) or lower. 2) your fridge temperature is set too high, causing the same problem as above. Your fridge should be set at 0-4°C (32-39°F). 3) there is damage to one of the cooling loops which may be leaking coolant into your fridge, if you have attempted to defrost your freezer recently and used the horrific combo of hammer and chisel then you may have damaged your freezer. Hope that helps!
robjob1918 (author)  mikeasaurus4 years ago
Thanks, it doesn't appear to be coolant. its water coming from the inside of the freezer dripping down into the fridge. Also anything stored in the way back of the fridge is freezing up. I'll check the settings.
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