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Water Running in Refrigerator from Freezer

If you have water running down into your refrigerator from your freezer it may be because the hole under the defrost coil is blocked with ice. There is an easy way to eliminate this problem in many refrigerators. Follow these simple steps to stop this problem from happening.

  1. Empty out freezer compartment and open up access to evaporator coils and defrost coil.
  2. Use hair dryer or heat gun to melt any ice that is around coils and in hole to bottom of refrigerator that normally drains the water out of the compartment. Towels or a shop vac may be needed to clean up water as the ice melts.
  3. Blow through hole to make sure that it is free of debris and ice.
  4. Use a piece of bare uninsulated 14 Ga. Copper or Aluminum wire. Place one end of the wire into the hole as far as possible and then cut off enough to wrap a turn or two around the defrost coil.

Now when the freezer goes into it’s defrost cycle a small amount of heat will be transferred by the wire down the hole to make sure that it remains ice free. This will solve your drainage problems with your freezer defrosting and water running into the refrigerator compartment.

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Refrigerator (Frigidaire) model# FFHI1831QS0. Water collects on refrigerator shelves. What can be done to prevent this. Thank you.


you could have either a defrost problem or a blocked drain,up in the freezer there's an evaporator coil,this is what makes everything cold,when the machine goes into defrost there's a heater in the freezer that comes on that melts the ice off of the evap. coil and the melted water drains down a tube and goes down where the compressor is to evaporate,your drain is blocked and the water is dripping into the fridge section,i looked up your model and it shows that they already have a heater probe stuck into the drain tube but it sounds like the drain is still blocking up,the probe is rapped around the heater or near it and the other end is stuck down into the drain tube,when the heater comes on the probe heats up and it supposed to keep the drain from freezing,sometimes food can get in there and block the drain hole,so unplug the fridge or shut it down,remove all the food out of freezer,if it has an ice maker remove it and any shelves,then remove the back inside wall of the freezer,with a hair dryer melt out all the ice under the coil,then you'll see the drain hole under the coil,pour hot water into the hole,if it doesn't go down get a turkey baster or shop vac anything that can push the water down the tube,keep hitting it with the hair dryer,hot water and turkey baster until the water drains down the tube,sometimes you might have to remove the back bottom panel and find the tube,on the bottom it could be blocked with dust or other junk if it is clear it and pour more water into the drain if itt goes down you're done,i use a steamer to do this job that cuts through the ice like butter,if you remove the back wall and the coil is all iced up then you have a defrost problem,but most likely it will be a blocked drain.hope this helps you out.

Jan 26, 2018 | Refrigerators

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refrigerator is leaking water inside and down under the vegetable compartment. Every two weeks the water pools up.


You have an icing issue whereby the drain tube is getting blocked with ice and so when it goes into auto defrost the water can't get down the drain tube so it runs down the back wall of the fridge and lays under the crisper drawers. You need to check out the tube to see if it is ice or sometimes a bit of debris from the freezer can get stuck in the drain cup/tube. If it is an icing up problem check the defrost timer, the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat. Hope this will help.

Nov 19, 2009 | GE Refrigerators

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The refigerator does not get cold. Long term ice forms in Freezer blocking through holes. When first pugged in seems to circulate air to refrigerator


The drain at the bottom of the freezer under the coils is clogged. Remove Icemaker if you have one, remove bottom floor of freezer, remove back panel of freezer. Use hairdryer to melt ice. ALL ICE MUST BE REMOVED. Use hot water and a turkey baster to get ice out of drain hole located about middle under coils. Be patient, do not chip ice with sharp tool. After ice is removed pour hot water down drain hole. Water must come out in drain pan under refrigerator(you may have to take front grille off to get to pan)

If Ice returns after a few weeks, you need to look at defrost thermostat which is usually clipped on cold coil at back of freezer. This part or the defrost timer could be defective.

Sep 14, 2009 | Refrigerators

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My freezer works but my refrigerator does not. What the problem?


This can be caused by the drain hole below freezer coil being blocked by ice. You MUST remove all ice in drain under freezer coil. Use turkey baster to squirt hot water into hole and use hairdryer to defrost. Possible defrost thermostat is defective. Unit never goes into defrost, ice forms on coil and in floor of freezer. After defrosting may work OK for a week or two but gradually gets warmer because ice is blocking ports where cool air gets to refrig. May also have water in refrig box. Can also be caused by defective defrost timer.

Aug 24, 2009 | Dometic Refrigerators

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freezer compartment has frost buildup


This can be caused by the drain hole below freezer coil being blocked by ice. You MUST remove all ice in drain under freezer coil. Use turkey baster to squirt hot water into hole and use hairdryer to defrost. Possible defrost thermostat is defective. Unit never goes into defrost, ice forms on coil and in floor of freezer. After defrosting may work OK for a week or two but gradually gets warmer because ice is blocking ports where cool air gets to refrig. May also have water in refrig box. Can also be caused by defective defrost timer.

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