Stop Your Top Freezer From Dripping Water

12 November 2015
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Refrigerators can be set-up a variety of different ways. If you have a refrigerator with the freezer on the top, and have been finding water dripping from your freezer compartment or dripping down into your refrigerator from the freezer, the most likely culprit is a defrost tube that is plugged up.

The Reason Your Top-Freezer Is Dripping Water

Your freezer is designed to melt away any condensation that gets frozen inside of it through the built-in defrost cycle in your freezer. When this happens, the condensation is melted and drains out through a tube all the way down to a tray that is located at the bottom of your refrigerator.

However, if there is too much condensation in your top-freezer, the defrost tube can become plugged with ice. When this happens, the defrost process will not start. Too much frozen condensation can also cause ice to develop around the drain tube and freeze that as well, which prevents any melted ice from draining properly.

When either of these two scenarios happens, water may drip out of your freezing compartment or may drip down into your refrigerator from your top-freezer.

Fixing The Issue

In order to fix the issue, the first thing you need to do is empty out all the food that is in your freezer. You will need to get some ice and put everything that is in your freezer inside of a cooler.

Turn Off The Ice Maker

Next, you need to turn off the ice maker inside your freezer if it has one. Just put the handle down on your ice-maker or flip the switch on it. You can also turn off the water supply to your ice-maker as well.

Allow The Ice To Melt

Now you need to allow all the ice in your freezer to melt. Open the door to your freezer and allow the ice to melt naturally. If you want to speed up the process, you can take a hair dryer and point it at the areas where the ice is built up to help melt it.

Remove The Water As It Melts

As the ice melts, use a sponge to remove the water. You can either squeeze the sponge out in your sink if it is close, or use a bucket if your sink is located far away from your freezer in your kitchen. If any large chunks of ice break off, just remove these chucks of ice and put them inside of a bucket or in the sink.

Clean The Drain

Once all the water has melted, you need to make sure that the drain in your freezer is working properly. The drain is small and circular and should be located near the back of your top-freezer. If you see any food particles in your freezer, and particularly around the drain, wipe them up.

After you do that, take a small cup of hot water and slowly dispense it down the drain. The hot water will melt any ice that is frozen inside of the drain. You may need to do this two or three times. You will know that it worked when the water flows easily down the drain and does not pool up near the top of the drain. You should also hear the water flowing through the drain tube and into the pan located at the bottom of your refrigerator.

Once all the ice has been removed from your freezer, and you have wiped it clean, you can turn back on your ice-maker, turn on the water supply to your ice-maker, and put the food back into your top-freezer from your cooler. By melting all the ice away, your top-freezer should be able to defrost and drain the water out correctly on its own. To learn more, speak with someone like American Appliance INC.