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Why does my freezer leak into the refrigerator?

Could there be a leak inside? (Photo: Flickr/Ewen Roberts)

Why does my freezer leak into the refrigerator?

Tom Musbach

By Tom Musbach on May 14, 2012

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided from a Expert on JustAnswer:

Q: My top freezer refrigerator leaks water from the vent holes that lead from the freezer to the refrigerator compartment. How can this be fixed? The circulating fan is working, and I don't understand why water would leak from those vents.

A: The defrost drain is plugged. You will need to remove the back cover of the freezer. This will expose the evaporator coil, fan, and the drain pan at the bottom covered with ice. Remove as much ice as possible, then melt the rest with hot water. There will be a hole in the drain pan -- this is the drain you are trying to clear. Once water goes down the drain, you are good.

If your evaporator coil has a black calrod heater that is underneath it (between it and the drain pan), you can get a copper wire and wrap it around the heater a couple times and go down the drain a couple inches. This will transfer heat down the drain when the unit goes into defrost, preventing this problem from occurring again.

-- Answer from Hvacguy17, an appliance and HVAC specialist on JustAnswer.

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