I have a 30-yr-old Kenmore automatic-defrost fridge with freezer
compartment at the top that suddenly started generating pools of
(clean-looking) water on the floor of the fridge, just below where the
produce storage bins are.
Everything still seems frozen nicely in the freezer. I don't have an
icemaker. Nothing has died in the produce bins. There is no connection
to either a water source, nor is there a drain line.
Where do I start looking? What might the problem be? TIA
sounds like the drain line from the automatic defrost is blocked. The
water is from the automatic defrost not draining to the evaporator pan,
but instead coming straight down the back of the refrigerator. You
could try turning it off for a few hours to let the freezer defrost
completely and see if that will unblock the drain line
If you pop off the left lamp cover, you'll see a little white
drain funnel, next to the tstat, that pulls straight off. That's
usually where the drain clogs were on these.
I'd take that funnel to the sink and wash it out, then hold a
wet-vac hose (I use the smaller 5 or 6 gallon size) to the
drain hole the funnel fits into and run it to backflush any
'gunk' out of the line down to the drain pan. A rubber
squeeze bulb's handy, too, for forcing hot water down the
drain from this point if it's really stubborn.
Cleaning the funnel usually did the trick on the older ones.
In some cases the drain freezes up in the trough under the
evaporator, but that was somewhat rare in the older
WPL/KM's, for whatever reason. If that's what you find,
there's an easy fix for that, too. Talked about that in the
October, 2004 issue of my newsletter:
Hope that's of some help.
Dave's Repair Service
New Albany, PA
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