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One of the most common problems of any refrigerator is water under it. There can be many different reasons. Sometimes it’s because of minor issues that are not related to the unit’s operation and can be fixed by your own efforts. But more often if water leaks from the refrigerator the reason is a serious breakage which only a specialist can cope with. A-Aisberg” Service Center has specialists in repairing refrigerating units that can do the job of any complexity at a reasonable price and on site. We will repair any model quickly and qualitatively, providing a guarantee for the work performed. Make the demand on a site or call by phone 8(495) 213-33-33 and our master will arrive at the specified address.
Technical problems that are not related to the technical condition
Sometimes the unit’s leakage is not connected with the equipment’s breakage in any way. The most common cases:
If the power was cut off in the house for more than 10-15 hours, the apparatus begins to defrost, ice turns into liquid and starts to flow out of the freezer when the door is opened. When the power comes back on, the appliance will be back in working order.
If the refrigerator leaks from the bottom, it may be a matter of plumbing. It’s not uncommon to have a dishwasher installed nearby in the kitchen. If it has a leaky fill or drain hose, moisture will pour onto the floor, flowing under the bottom of the refrigerator case as well.
Sometimes some housewives out of inexperience confuse drip defrost with a malfunction. In these models the evaporator is located along the back wall, so the warm air entering the compartment will condense on the cold surface. Condensation will first freeze and then defrost. Drops dripping inside along the back wall are sometimes mistaken for a malfunction.
Clogged freezer compartment drain hole
This situation can occur, first, due to improper storage of food, as a result of which food particles fall into the drain. Secondly, because of poor chamber cleaning. Thirdly, the drain can clog due to exposure to sufficiently hard water. Keep in mind that in many refrigerators the hole is located inside the body. It is not easy to reach, so in the process of work there is a risk of damaging individual parts. In turn, this can lead to more serious problems. For this reason, it is better to refrain from troubleshooting it yourself.
As a result of such clogging, water can be found at the bottom of the refrigerator itself. The liquid collects exactly there, under the vegetable storage trays. The drain is probably clogged with food particles or ice chunks. In this case, it is quite realistic to cope with the problem on your own. You can try to force air on the clogged hole using, for example, a plastic cocktail straw. Or take a syringe (removing the needle beforehand), pump water into it and flush the drain. Sufficiently high pressure is able to clear it of impurities.
It is not recommended to clean it with sharp metal objects, such as needles. If you do so, you could damage the housing. Afterwards, once the hole has been cleaned, its condition should be checked systematically. Food should be kept away from the back of the chamber to avoid a repeat of this situation.
Preventative measures against leaks
When a small leak appears and the refrigerator freezes, it will not affect the food in any way. This does not mean that it is necessary to postpone troubleshooting. After all, when moisture gets on the working parts of the refrigerator, then there may be larger breakdowns. If you can’t do the repair yourself, call a handyman.
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Here are some rules of operation to prevent breakdowns.
IMPORTANT! Be patient when defrosting. Do not speed up the process by cleaning the ice chunks with a knife. Do not do that. Doing so could damage parts of the appliance.
Any equipment needs maintenance. When a No Frost fridge has been in operation for 10 years without defrosting, it can break down at any time afterwards. Water will leak from under the refrigerator. What to do?
Stop the refrigerator, defrost it for a few days, dry it out. All air labyrinths are usually dusty and dirty. Even pet hair can be a problem. Timely cleaning keeps the fan in good working order.
IMPORTANT! The drainage system must be flushed with a disinfectant solution. Check to see if water is running freely from the drain.
Freezer drawers are iced up so much that they do not come out? The door circuit is warm. Ice melts. And that is why the water collects under the appliance.
The first thing to do is defrost blocks of ice. Then you need to check to see if the drain tube has frozen so that it is not allowing liquid to pass. When the ice behind the door thaws, check that the fan is working and that the heating element is heating up. If you notice any problems with the heater, contact a service center.
Fault in no frost system
Why is the refrigerator leaking at the bottom. It may be caused by a defect in the no-frost system. In this case, water is forming under the fridge, there is a lot of ice, snow and frost in the freezing chamber, which is unusual for your refrigerator model.
The above described characteristics occur when the evaporator heater is broken. With such a breakdown, the refrigerator‘s technological processes become inoperative. The level of humidity in the freezer significantly increases, and as a result there is an increase in the amount of ice and snow. When you open the freezer door, the snow melts and leaks into the special container. And since, this drain is designed for a certain volume of liquid, when the volume of water increases, it simply can not cope with the technological task at hand and, literally, overflows. You should entrust only a master to fix the heater breakage, if you have not performed such manipulations before.
What you should do first of all
The cause of water intrusion depends on the type of appliance, so you should first decide which appliance is in your kitchen.
Both domestic and European manufacturers offer two types of two-chamber refrigerators:
- with drip thawing. Such units are easy to recognize by the weeping back wall. this is where the evaporator is located and gets covered with frost during the cooling period. When the desired mode is reached, cooling stops, the temperature begins to rise. Frost melts and causes the same droplets in the refrigerating chamber. Normally they flow into the drain, which completes the defrost cycle. All moisture is drained into the pan, from which it quickly evaporates. By the way, the container is placed near or directly above the motor;
- with automatic defrostingNoFrost. In such fridges, the defrosting is realised by the evaporator of the freezing compartment. There’s also a fan that runs the air from the two compartments through the evaporator. That’s how it cools, with most of the frost going into the freezer and some into the refrigerator. The system regulates itself by means of an air damper. When the desired temperature is reached in the chamber, the reed sensor closes the damper. So, when it gets higher, the whole thing opens.
The door of the refrigerator is not closed tightly
Refrigerator seals wear out over time
A sealing strip keeps the doors of the unit hermetically sealed. Worn part does not provide a tight fit of the door to the body, due to which the temperature mode inside the device is violated. The problem may also be caused by misalignment. The cooling system begins to work more intensively, and the resulting ice melts under the influence of warmer air currents. The defect can be eliminated by replacing the gasket or adjusting the hinges.
A refrigerator is an appliance of basic necessity, its replacement or repair cannot wait, and the cost can seriously undermine the family budget. The appearance of water in it. the first bell that there is something wrong with the appliance.
To avoid unplanned expenses, it is necessary to use the appliance correctly:
- Clean the inside of the fridge regularly;
- place the food 2-5 cm away from the walls;
- defrost when a fur coat appears; dry-frost refrigerators are also defrosted at least once a year;
- Do not put hot food inside;
- tightly closing the door.
A technician should be called in the following situations:
- Leak in refrigerators with a dry freezing system;
- Clogging of the hole in the freezer compartment;
- Breakdown of the thermostat, compressor;
- the necessity of changing the pallet.
Water accumulating in or under the refrigerator should not frighten. In most cases the problem can be solved very simply and is associated with violations of the rules of use. If the device leaks very often, despite regular cleaning, it is imperative to contact the professionals.
Puddle under the refrigerator. an unpleasant event, faced with which you should not panic. The similar problem can happen with the device of any brand. Indesit, Samsung, DAEWOO, Stinol, Pozis and others. To begin with, you need to figure out exactly why your refrigerator is leaking and how severe the malfunction is.
How to spot a leak, why water appears in No Frost refrigerators, where is the blue, brown or oily liquid coming from? Answers to these and other questions, as well as a problem-solving algorithm is presented in this article.
The reasons why a refrigerator leaks
Let’s look at the main reasons why the refrigerator leaks:
- the drain hole in the cooler is clogged;
- The drain hole of the freezer compartment is clogged;
- there is a crack in the collection pan;
- the drain pipe is defective;
- There is a problem with tightness;
- The thermostat is broken;
- Also in the No Frost system the evaporator coil is defective.
Cooling chamber drain plugged
If the liquid collects at the bottom of the refrigerator compartment, under the drawers for vegetables. this indicates a clogged drain hole. Drip-type units have a drip tray underneath the evaporator to allow moisture to drain out. Condensate drains into it and through a system of pipes is led out into a special tray located in the bottom of the unit.
If the system is clogged up with small debris, the water is flowing down by the inner wall. The hole is icing up during cooling. If the problem is not eliminated in time, it will lead to evaporator frosting, loss of capacity, increase compressor duty cycle.
The problem can be easily solved. simply flush the drain with warm water from the rubber blower to create excessive pressure.
The freezer compartment drainage hole is clogged
Water leaks directly from the freezer, there is abundant ice and moisture inside. The reason. the drain hole of the freezing chamber is clogged and the excess moisture has nowhere to go.
In refrigerators with full No Frost one evaporator located in the freezer. If drain pipe gets clogged, liquid accumulates inside the chamber. You have to remove the inside back wall to clean the system.
Crack in the liquid container
If there is a puddle of liquid under the fridge but it is dry inside?
In “crying” models, the condensate flowing through the system of drainage tubes ends up in the collection tray, which must be emptied periodically. If the equipment is used incorrectly. for example, if it is moved carelessly from place to place. a crack may appear in the container. It is not hard to notice. you just need to take the container out and inspect it.You can, of course, glue the broken part, but the problem will recur after a while. It is better to buy a new tray.
Problems with the drain tube
All of the above symptoms can also be observed when the container is all right, but the drain tube is broken or simply displaced and does not provide air-tightness.
You can try to put it back on its own, but this is fraught with the risk of breaking the part. It is better not to risk and to entrust the case to a specialist.
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Loss of tightness occurs with wear or deformation of the seal. a rubber part that ensures a tight fit of the door to the body. Leaky closure, gaps leading to a constant warm air inflow.
The temperature of the inner chamber rises and water droplets condense on the cold surfaces before they have time to evaporate. Frost builds up on the back wall and around the freezer, which overflows the drain when defrosting. A puddle occurs under the refrigerator.
It is not a good idea to try to replace the gasket yourself. Proper sealing can be achieved only with the proper selection of parts, ensuring that they are properly seated and the joints are firmly connected using a hair dryer.
During normal operation, the thermostat (temperature sensor) monitors the temperature and signals the compressor to turn on or off. In modern two-compartment refrigerators, each chamber has its own thermostat. If this part is broken, temperature information does not reach the compressor or control unit.
The main signs of thermostat failure:
It is not recommended to change the thermostat by your own efforts and, moreover, you should not entrust such work to random craftsmen. This is a very complicated operation, which can be performed only by the service center.
No Frost system
In the No Frost models, the cooling of the foodstuffs is done by forcibly circulating cool air. The even distribution of cold air avoids low-temperature zones where condensation and formation of ice could occur.
The evaporator is located behind the rear wall, with fans located above it to provide the “no frost” effect. Excess moisture freezes on the evaporator. During the compressor rest cycle, it defrosts and drains through a system of drainage channels into the tank, where it evaporates naturally.
If your No Frost refrigerator is leaking, in addition to all of the above, the evaporator heater may be defective. You can tell when there is ice built up inside the freezer.