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navygrandparents 10-27-2018 08:01 AM

Water below freezer drawers freezing
We have a 2018 Palomino Compass with an LG residential refrigerator and it has developed a problem. When you open the freezer door and the drawer you see ice on the bottom of the freezer below the drawer. I have turned off the ice maker and closed the water line coming into the unit, removed the ice and it returns. Does anyone know why it happens? It seems like a water leak inside the unit. Help!

nomad297 10-27-2018 08:07 AM

You may have a bad seal on the door.


navygrandparents 10-27-2018 08:27 AM

I have checked the seals and they seem fine. I have thermometers in both the refrigerator and freezers to check temps and the refrigerator is set at 38* and the freezer is set at 0* and the thermometers both read exactly these temps. I guess I'll have to take for service when we return home next week.

Bama Rambler 10-27-2018 09:59 AM

There is a drain tube at the back of the freezer that drains the water from the coils when the fridge defrosts. it's common for it to freeze and not let all the water drain. It's usually because the defrost cycle doesn't last quite long enough.

In order to clear it you need to access the back of the fridge.

Here's a good writeup of what's happening and how to fix it.


Here's what happens: When your freezer defrosts, more water than usual drips from evaporator coils into a drain trough below the coils. Before all that water can travel through a tube to a drain pan under the refrigerator, the defrost cycle ends, the refrigerator resumes cooling, and the water in the drain tube and drain trough freezes. The water that drips from the coils overflows into your refrigerator, eventually forming a puddle.

Thawing a Frozen Drain Tube To clear the ice jam so water drains again, follow these steps.

1.Fill a large plastic bag with the food from your freezer and put the bag in the refrigerator. Because the containers are together, each container helps those around it stay frozen. Keeping the refrigerator door closed as much as possible also helps keep the food cold. 2.Unplug the refrigerator.

3.Pop the grid off the front bottom of the refrigerator to check how much water is in the drain pan under the refrigerator. You can set the grid aside, since you¯ll check the pan again.

4.Remove the panel at the back of the freezer to reveal the evaporator coils and trough.

5.Remove the ice from the trough. You then should see the drain hole, plugged with ice.

6.To thaw the drain tube, do one of the following: Leave the freezer door open and wait for the ice in the tube to melt. Melting could take up to 10 hours, depending on room temperature, the amount of ice formed and other factors. Clear the drain hole with hot water. Working hot water into the drain hole, wipe away the excess water, wait a few minutes for the ice to melt and then work more hot water into the drain hole. If the ice is deep, this method can take a few hours.

7.To verify that the drain tube is clear and water is draining, check the drain pan under the refrigerator again. It should be full of water. Warning: Don't pick at the ice with a knife, screwdriver or other metal tool. You could puncture a coil, releasing refrigerant.

Preventing Refrigerator Puddles Take these precautions to keep moist air out of the refrigerator:

Close the door. Open the refrigerator and freezer doors as seldom as possible, and close them as soon as you take out what you need. Don¯t stand in front of the open refrigerator mulling your choices or leave the door open as you fill your glass. After taking what you need, make sure the door is completely shut ¯ don¯t trust the door to close itself after you give it a hip bump.

Cover foods. Store food and beverages in covered containers or sealed plastic bags. It helps minimize the humidity inside the refrigerator, and your food stays moist and doesn¯t pick up odors.

Dry off fruit and vegetables. Don't wash fruit and vegetables before putting them in the crisper; they stay fresh longer if stored dry and don't add to the moisture problem. If you must give them a quick rinse to remove garden dirt, dry them off before refrigerating them (by the way, don't refrigerate tomatoes it kills the flavor).

navygrandparents 10-27-2018 10:11 AM

Wow what an exhausting fix! Sounds like I'll take it to the Rv dealer to fix it. I thank you for help.

Bama Rambler 10-27-2018 11:39 AM

In a house setting it looks a lot harder than it actually is. However, in an RV, there's the added complexity of getting to the panel on the back of the fridge. Having to remove the fridge from the cabinet can be a pain.

Kirk S 10-27-2018 12:24 PM

No problems yet with the RV refrigerator yet but at home I've had to use warm water to clear the frozen drain and a hair dryer to thaw the ice maker water supply line.
Some manufacturers could certainly benefit from some better design and engineering!

SailorSam20500 10-27-2018 02:25 PM

Just an observation. If you are planning on taking the fridge in to the dealer - that implies you aren't going to be using your rig for a while.

So, empty the fridge and unplug it. Leave the doors open. Unless it is below freezing where you are located, the ice will melt on its own. Give it a couple of days. Then check the evaporation tray under the fridge. It should have water in it. Use whatever method you can think of to get the water out of the tray, then pour a small amount of water to where you are seeing the ice build-up. It should drain down into the tray.

If the above happens, you just saved yourself a drive to the dealer...

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