Edit: April 13th 2015
I hope you find this post helpful. It’s gained in popularity over the last few months. We have been inundated with a flood of questions and emails recently. Sorry for the late and tardy replies.
I wanted to update this post with the part number and a link where the drain clip to fix this issue can be purchased. The most popular question by far is what is the part number for the Samsung refrigerator defrost drain clip. Click here for Drain Clip
Is your Samsung refrigerator leaking into the crisper drawers or onto the floor?
This is becoming more and more common on Samsung french door refrigerators and bottom mount freezers.
In this post the pictures are from a Samsung french door refrigerator. The same principals apply for Samsung bottom mount freezer and SXS refrigerators.
If you see water in the crisper drawers or leaking from the floor of the refrigerator onto the floor, the defrost drain line is most likely blocked. The defrost drain line is below the evaporator. To get inside to clear the defrost drain line, the back panel needs to come out. Once you have all the shelves out of the refrigerator it will look like the picture below.
On this particular model the back panel is secured to the back of the refrigerator with three screws and several small plastic clips. The two screws on the bottom which are visible and the one behind the small box shaped plug. The small plug pulls directly out and one screw is hidden behind it. Once the three screws are out the panel will pull out. On this model the panel has three plastic clips on both sides. Once the panel is out you will need to disconnect a couple wires. The wires that need to be disconnected are pictured below.
Now that you have all the shelves and back panel out of the refrigerator you will see the Evaporator and the defrost drain line that is below it. You will see ice build up in the small tray. This is the root of your Samsung refrigerator leaking problem. The 120v heater comes on and melts the frost of the evaporator every 8-10 hours. The water should go down the drain line but it’s not because it’s iced over. Below is what you will see if your refrigerator is leaking from the defrost drain line.
The defrost drain line should have a defrost drain clip already installed. If the defrost drain clip is installed already, it’s most likely the old style. The new style is about 3 inches longer and goes down the hole a bit farther to prevent the line from freezing over and water coming out into the crisper or onto the floor.
The best way to clear the line is hot water. A turkey baster works great to apply pressure to a small area. Once the drain line is clear, the old drain clip needs to be removed and the new clip installed. It’s actually very straight forward.
The clip goes on the defrost heater. Remove the old clip and position the new clip in it’s place. Make sure you bend the ends of the clip so that the clip is tight around the heater. Doing so will allow the heat transfer to happen properly which will prevent the drain line from freezing again. Once the defrost drain clip is installed correctly, it should look like the picture to the right.
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