I have a 9 year hotpoint old fridge freezer, which work great except water
is coming into the fridge bottom from the back drain.
I have tried to clear this drain with fine wire, but made no difference.
It has only occurred this last year or so.
I dry it out and it continues to work ok, but then water still spills over
from the drain channel over a period of a week or so.
I have tried various temperature settings without joy.
Help appreciated....please no suggestions on scrapping it...LOL
It's blocked and you'll have to clear the blockage to fix it.
You may have to pull the fridge out to get access to the back.
Also check the door seal -- it should grip a till reciept all
the way round. It it isn't sealing, then more water will be
collected, but still you have to unblock the drain, even if
the door seal is faulty and fixed.
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The water simply runs through a tube, and it is then deposited into a
tray sitting on top of the compressor at the back, where it evaporates
from the heat of the compressor. Sometimes the tube gets blocked at the
bottom near the compressor, but it is more usually where the tube joins
the plastic moulding of the drip tray. A very flexible piece of wire
used from inside the fridge is usually enough to clear most blockages
Not really, you are in a better position to check this, but if you are
using a thick wire, (like a curtain wire), try a thinner wire. The wire
I used to use was spring steel, and less than 1mm thick, (but you could
try something like one of the solid power cores from a 2.5mm mains
wiring cable), folded over at the end, and squeezed with pliers to make
a tight loop, which then helps the wire pass through the tube more
If the above doesn't work, the next step gets a bit complicated, and can
damage the system if not careful, so if you don't feel confident, ask a
local fridge engineer for a price. It involves removing the screws from
one side of the grill at the back, this allows you to get at the pipe
from the fridge to the compressor, and remove it to check it if
necessary, but you have to carefully assess which side of the grill to
release, depending on how the pipework runs to the compressor, if you
get this wrong, or are too rough when moving the grill, the pipework can
fracture, and ruin the fridge.
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