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Sub-Zero Refrigerator leaking water: Side By Side models

Why's my Sub-Zero Refrigerator leaking water

Sub-Zero Refrigerator leaking water , explanation: If your Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer is a side by side model, then the leak would generally be coming from the freezer section and it would make some ice on the floor of the freezer until any depression was filled and then it would leak out the front of the freezer compartment onto the floor about 2 or 3 times a day. Depending on conditions, you could expect to see around 1 to 1 1/2 cups of water on the floor. In dryer conditions, the amount could be less.

If upon inspection, you find these conditions, then you most likely have a plugged drain. This is a moderately difficult job and should be attempted by those who have a good mechanical sense, who can follow safety rules for refrigerators and can follow directions. If you cannot do these things, please call a service center and have a certified repairman make the repair.

Unplug the refrigerator before attempting to service or repair.  Failure to do so could cause severe damage to your refrigerator and serious injury.

For the brave: You will need to remove the back panel in the freezer. This panel is quite often a two piece panel that is held in place with 4 or 5 screws or 1/4 inch nuts. If the lower panel can be removed without removing the top panel, this is ideal. Remove the bottom panel. The drain is located on the bottom of this area. If it is plugged, the depression under the coils will be filled with ice. The ice needs to be defrosted. Since this can be a thick piece of ice, it may take some time to melt the ice. You must be patient. You must not use any sharp tool or object to chip away at the ice. Severe damage can be done to your refrigerator and injury could result.

Refrigerator leaking, defrosting: Defrosting can be achieved by leaving the freezer door open and waiting several hours. Place a couple of large towels on the floor of the freezer to catch the water. Change the towels as they collect water. Ice that can be removed by picking it up may be removed. Do not pry, poke, cut, or otherwise try to mechanically remove the ice, doing so may cause damage or injury.

Fast defrosting can be achieved with hot water. Use hot water from the faucet. Do not heat water, boiling water could damage certain components in the freezer. Place a couple of bath towels on the bottom of the freezer. Place a large bowl of hot water on the towels. Using a cup or turkey baster, pour water on the ice. Do this about every 5 to 10 minutes until the ice is melted. This should reveal a drain in the bottom of the back panel. When the ice is thoroughly melted. The drain can be inspected. When you pour water in the depression, it should drain immediately through the drain hole. If it does not, then the drain is plugged.

Caution, fast defrosting will create more water, if you have wood floors or other surfaces that cannot take water, then do not use this method.

You need to unplug the drain, remove any debris in the tray and opening to the drain. A flexible tube, pipe cleaner, or bottle brush can be used to open the drain. When the drain is opened, it should be flushed thoroughly with water.

Freezer on the Top, Top and Bottom leaking

Sub-Zero Refrigerator leaking

Is the water leaking out of the fresh food compartment? Pull the crisper trays out of the bottom of the refrigerator. Is there water collecting in the depression under the crisper?

Check that area to make sure the drain is not located under the crisper, although this is not common, some refrigerators utilize this method of draining the refrigerator. If there is a drain, it needs to be cleared of whatever is plugging it and you are back in service, as easy as that.

However, most top and bottom Sub-Zero units have a drain that runs from the bottom back of the freezer compartment to the bottom of the refrigerator to an evaporation pan located near the compressor. This may be a more difficult drain to open and clear.

To determine where the drain is, look at the back of the refrigerator to see if there is a tube coming from the center of the refrigerator about the height of the bottom of the freezer compartment. Hooked to that would be a hard plastic tube that runs to the drip tray under the refrigerator. If you see that, then this is the place where the water is supposed to drain.

Refrigerator leaking, check the drain line: The tube that goes through the back of the refrigerator may come from the back of the fresh food compartment where it has a small tray about 2 inches square that catches water dripping from the freezer compartment. This small tray is removable and generally can be taken out by pulling on it. You will see than that it is plugged and needs to be cleaned and opened up. You may have to remove a cover from the back of the refrigerator which is normally a plastic decorative cover. Other components could be located under the cover, so caution should be used in removing it.

It is possible that the hole from above is plugged or filled with ice. This may require that you remove the back panel in the freezer to access the drip tray. Please follow all safety procedures. If you open the panel and there is an ice dam, then it must be defrosted in order to gain access to the drip tray. Slow and steady is the required approach, do not try to speed up the defrosting by chipping, scraping, or prying with anything. This could result in severe damage to your refrigerator and serious injury.

Caution should be used in removal of the back panel since other components could be tied to the panel. If there is an ice maker, it must be removed and the ground wire must be removed. In some refrigerators, the evaporator fan could be tied to the back panel. If it must be removed, then carefully inspect the mounting and be sure to remember how it came out. A paper drawing and labels with a pencil could save you a lot of time when you reassemble these parts. Simple pencil labels with arrows indicating direction of mounting could be helpful.

Once the drip tray is cleared, Pour a small amount of water in the tray, like 1/2 cup and see if it drains to the pan on the bottom. It is possible to have two problems where the ice dam occurred due to a plugged drain.

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What are 5 foods you should never keep in your home’s refrigerator?

These are my 20 foods that should not be stored in the fridge.

The storage of foods is one the most-discussed topics in the food industry. After all, we want to make sure that the money spent is not wasted and that our food is as fresh and tasty as possible when eaten. My list shows which foods should not be stored this way, and how to store them in other areas of your kitchen. If you are wondering how to store, take note of where the grocery store keeps these items. Not one of them is kept in their cold areas.

1. Coffee. Ground coffee and coffee beans simply need airtight containers and a cool, dry and dark spot to retain their flavor and to keep fresh. Don’t put it in the fridge though (it acts a bit like baking soda when you do and it will also take on odors in the fridge). Coffee needs a dry spot and the fridge can have a great deal of humidity in it . Also, room temperature coffee adds more flavor to a cup than cold coffee does. Freezing large amounts of coffee that you won’t be used immediately is fine though. Just wrap it in airtight bags, and store it for up to a month in the freezer.

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2.Stone Fruits. Peaches, apricots, and mangoes and other stone fruits keep their nutrients better if kept out of the cold fridge. They are better stored on the counter. Once ripe you can keep them in the fridge for a few days but be sure the crisper is very clean. Any mold can turn stone fruits into a mess.

3. Whole Tomatoes. We probably all keep tomatoes in the fridge, but it is really not the best place for them. First, cold air stops ripening of tomatoes and ripe tomatoes are good because of their sugar content. Keep them on a basket or bowl on the counter for best taste and texture.

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4. Honey. Honey will crystallize if kept in the fridge. It is best kept in a cool, dark place like a cupboard or pantry shelf.

5. Garlic. Store garlic in a cool, dry pantry. Garlic is a cold weather crop and will sprout if you keep it in the fridge. Cold can also turn it to a rubbery mush.

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6. Potatoes. Potatoes love to be stored in a cold, dark place. A root cellar is best, but we don’t all have one of these! A dark area of your pantry or under the sink will work best. If you store potatoes in the fridge, the starch turns to sugar and you’ll end up with a gritty and sweet potato. Also be sure to store them unwashed (moisture causes decay) and in paper bags, not plastic ones which will sweat.

7. Pastries and cookies. Many people do store pastries in the fridge but doing so will make them go stale more quickly. The best place for pastries to be stored is in an air tight container on the counter.

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8. Spices. Spices will keep for years in spice jars so there is no real benefit to storing them in the cold. Also. keeping them in the fridge is detrimental to their flavor because of the humidity. They are called dried spice for a reason. They like to be kept that way.

9. Most oils. Most oils, including olive oils will start to condense if kept in the fridge. You don’t want your olive oil to have the consistency of butter, do you? Keep it in the pantry or a cupboard.

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10. Bananas. This is a two part message. Keep them on the counter (I use a banana holder for mine and LOVE it.) to ripen them, and then, if you wish, you can put them in the fridge to slow down the ripening process. Be aware that bananas will develop brown skins if you keep them in the fridge. Frozen bananas are great if yours are too ripe. They make super home made ice cream!

11. Whole Melons. Every time I keep a whole melon in the fridge, it gets dimpled and develops rotted spots. Whole melons are best stored in a cool, dark place until they are cut, at which time you can put them in the fridge, but will need to use them in a few days.

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12. Hot sauce. This one makes sense. Putting hot sauce in the fridge affects its heat! And we use hot sauce for the heat, after all. It can be kept for long periods of time in the pantry.

13. Real Maple Syrup (and agave syrup). Like honey, these syrups will begin to crystallize in the fridge. Keep them on a shelf in the pantry or in a cupboard.

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14.Basil. Basil goes moldy very quickly in the fridge. It is better store in a glass of water on the counter. If you won’t be using it all, basil freezes well in olive oil and water in an ice cube tray for later use.

15. Avocados. If you want your avocado to ripen, keep it on the counter. If you store it in the fridge, you will come back in a week to a rock hard avocado that will have little chance of ripening. After ripening, they are fine to store in the fridge for a few days.

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16. Onions. Onions will go soft and moldy if you keep them in the fridge. (Scallions and chives have a higher water content, so they are fine to store in the cold.) Keep onions in a cold, dry place. Be sure to store them apart from potatoes, or both will deteriorate more quickly if stored together.

17. Bread. Like pastries, bread will dry out and go stale very quickly if kept in the fridge. Keep it in a bread box, on the counter, or in the freezer if you will not be using it soon.

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18. Peanut butter. Commercial peanut butter keeps best in the pantry and will keep for several months without losing its flavor. All natural peanut butter is a different matter though. The oil in it will rise and go rancid if you keep it in the pantry, so it’s best stored in the fridge.

19. Apples. Freshly picked apples do best (and taste best) when stored on the counter. If you can’t eat them within a week or two, you can keep them in the fridge to make them last a bit longer.

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20. Fresh berries. Don’t store those farmers market berries in the fridge. They taste so much better if kept at room temperature. Eat them as soon as possible. Raspberries, especially, go moldy if refrigerated and should be eaten within a few days.

These are my 20 foods that should not be stored in the fridge. Can you think of some more? Please leave your comments below. I’d love to add them to the list if I have forgotten a food that should not be kept in the fridge.