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 Posted: Sun Aug 15th, 2010 10:20 pm
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I've got a three-year-old GE PSS26PSTA side-by-side refrigerator.  It's been accumulating water in the bottom drawer for some time, and now we're seeing water in the bottom of the fridge.  It seems like there's more and more and I'd like to figure out what's going on.  I'll say up front, though, that I know NOTHING about refrigerators so I'm hoping the folks here can lend me a (virtual) hand.

The refrigerator and freezer are both maintaining temperature just fine.  I'm noticing three things inside the refrigerator compartment that might be related to my problem, but don't know which are significant:
  1. There's condensation on the inside wall of the refrigerator (the one it shares with the freezer).
  2. There's a very small bit of ice built up in the back inside corner, next to what appears to be an air vent (sorry I don't know what exactly I'm looking at).  This is not an "ice ball", as I've seen described in other posts here.
  3. There is a very slow leak in the upper outside corner where the water line for the filter comes in/out.
At first, I had only noticed #3 and thought that might the the issue.  Now I'm doubting it, because the water seems to be accumulating in the inside rear corner, which is right below #2 and near #1.  This is on the opposite side from #3.

I would appreciate any help diagnosing this problem.  Even if I can't fix it myself, I'd like to know what's going on before I shell out money for a service man.

Thanks,

Kevin

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could be the Defrost Drain is clogged...

clould also be bad Door Gaskets ..

Try the George Wa$h1ngton test.

Close the Door on George and take him for a ride around the Door Gaskets and check to be sure he stays snug.

 



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Thanks for the response.  I'm not sure exactly what you mean when you say 'snug'.  The bill slides around the door, fairly easily along the side and with some resistance along the top, but it definitely slides.  How tight is it supposed to be?

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It should have some resistance all the way around.

The first step should be to repair the obvious leak. Is the leak in the tubing or in the filter housing?



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I'm not entirely sure where the leak is (see my original post).  And since I'm ignorant where refrigerators are concerned, I'd probably give you the wrong name for something anyway, so I'm attaching a photo to this post.  It shows where the small ice buildup is and where I see water coming down into the bottom of the fridge.  Please let me know if this answers your question, and what other information I can provide you with.

Thanks again,

Kevin

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Bump.

Anyone know how I should proceed with this?

TIA

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One easy way to determine the source of the leak is to turn of the water supply valve to the refrigerator. This will be the shut off valve or saddle tap valve that shuts off the water supply in the tubing that goes to the back of the refrigerator. Then let it run a couple days to see if the leaking stops.

If it does stop, then you know the leak is from the something related to the water supply, could be the icemaker fill.

If it still leaks, then you have a condensation problem.



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Okay, after nearly two years I'm finally getting back to dealing with this problem.  I've had two repairmen out.  One saw that I had the "iceball" problem and told me I needed to go through GE factory repair to get it fixed.  Then today the GE guy came out and noticed that the iceball isn't where most of the water is coming from. 

There is a LOT of condensation on the side wall of the refrigerator compartment, around where the temperature sensor is located.  He said this is because ice has formed inside the wall between the fridge and freezer.  Having the sensor on top of that ice explains why we the temperature of both the fridge and freezer have been off.  He also said that there is NO fix for this issue.  The ice is mingled in with the blown in insulation, and can't be removed effectively.

Can someone tell me if this sounds right?  Do I really need to get a new unit? :shock:

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