How to Fix Water Pooling Inside a Frigidaire Refrigerator

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How to Fix Water Pooling Inside a Frigidaire Refrigerator
Remove everything you can from the appliance while attempting to fix the problem. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

It's never a good sign when water appears in the bottom of a refrigerator. The thermostat might be set incorrectly, causing the appliance to defrost. There also might be a problem with the refrigerator's power supply. Here are five steps to take after noticing water pooling inside a frigidaire refrigerator or on the floor around the appliance. Consider moving the appliance's contents to another refrigerator and freezer before attempting to troubleshoot the problem.

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  1. 1

    Reconfigure the thermostat so that the freezer is set at -17.8 degrees Celsius (-18 degrees Celsius) and the refrigerator is set at 4.44 degrees Celsius (4 degrees Celsius). Temperatures significantly higher will defrost the appliance's contents, leading to condensation and water building up on the bottom. Tapping the up and down arrows next to the refrigerator's temperature display moves the thermostat up or down.

  2. 2

    Keep everything stored on the appliance's shelves from blocking the freezer or refrigerator door. Condensation forms when air inside the freezer or refrigerator meets room-temperature air. The appliance will "sweat" with greater severity when the door is propped open or used frequently.

  3. 3

    Check the light inside. Power has failed if the compartment is dark. Check that the appliance is plugged into its outlet, without extension cords or power surge bars, and that the outlet is switched on. Plug something else into the outlet as a test. Replace the fuse in your fuse box if the outlet isn't supplying power.

  4. 4

    Depending on the model, try removing the drain pan from beneath the refrigerator and empty it into a sink. The appliance controls ice build-up by running a defrost heater a few times a day. Melted ice collects and evaporates from the drainage pan without requiring any attention. Water will appear on the floor around the refrigerator or inside it if the drainage pan is overflowing.

  5. 5

    The ice maker also might be leaking. Empty the ice cube tray if it's full of water. The ice maker might have defrosted if the thermostat was set too high. A leaking ice maker will drip water into the freezer compartment and ultimately into the refrigerator if the leak is severe. A leaking ice maker also will flood the drain pan at the bottom of the appliance.

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