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Old 08-26-2015, 07:58 AM   #1
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Water leak -from fridge or somewhere else?

I have a mysterious water leak. second time this trip.
Water - maybe a cup or so, seems to leak from fridge to floor, getting behind the dinette which this picture is of. When I check the exterior fridge compartment, the drain hose is dry - obviously! the drip pan in the fridge does not seem excessively full.

What is odd is that the floor was dry this morning, I opened the fridge and putzed around the kitchen. 30 minutes later the water was on the floor. It was like a faucet was turned on.

Which gets me to thinking - is the fridge as the culprit here a red herring? Should I be concerned that my leak is from some other source - like a plumbing leak? I am not connected to shore water, using FW tank instead.

Any advice from others who have search for source of leak? Thanks!
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:17 AM   #2
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Since it only happens when the fridge door is open for awhile, I would still suspect the drain hose. Even if it is dry at the rear fridge compartment floor, try and gain access to the drain line from the compartment floor down through the trailer floor and see if there is a leak in that section...or if it doesn't even exit through the floor and belly pan.
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Old 08-26-2015, 09:26 AM   #3
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The drain hose usually has a cap on the bottom end with small holes to allow water to drain but blocks insects from crawling up the tube. Is your cap missing? If so something may have built a nest near the nipple on the back of the fridge where the tube presses on. The drip tray under the fins may be out of position so that the condensation doesn't funnel into the tube. That should be easy to verify. If the drip tray is holding water, that is an indication of a blockage. While looking, try to probe the opening with a thin screw driver or a wire to be sure the path is clear.
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Old 08-26-2015, 09:35 AM   #4
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On my fridge, if the drip pan is out of place, the water will only leak our through the bottom of the door, as the inner panels of the fridge are one piece and watertight....except at the bottom door gasket. Could be a source though.
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Read my post on water leak,,,,,can be from pressurre from water heater, re do the air bubble.
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Rather than using a wire to poke in the drain tube, you might consider using a length of string from a weedeater. Much less likely to punch a hole in the tube.
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:58 PM   #7
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Solution to my similar issue:

In my new 2015 model, I found that the condensation collection in the refrigerator was not draining down the drain tube. The collection tray was directing the water into the tube, but it was pouring back out into the fridge. I never had this issue in the 2005 model that I owned previously.

The trailer was level and the tube was not restricted, so I concluded that the issue had to be due to a design flaw. I went to the hardware store and purchased some clear plastic tubing that fit over the drain tube from the water collection tray. I used about 1 inches, as much as I could push into the drain hole, with a small taper added to the top edge of the tube to make if go in a little further.

Upon testing this solution, I validated that any water collected in the tray would now flow out of the drain tube to the outside of the trailer.

My conclusion is that the leading edge of the drain hole is level, rather than canted toward the back of the fridge.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:34 PM   #8
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My drain hose was in a knot/pinched off. I didn't have a leak but straightening out the wires and hoses from the exterior hatch. I was looking for a power reset when my batteries died, and needed to restart my fridge
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:13 PM   #9
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When I got mine, there was a black corrugated line SLIPPED OVER (without sealer of any type) the white pipe which exits the AS. This connection was about 2" off the fridge rear compartment floor. As it was slipped over, water would just flow on the outside of the lower white tube and onto the compartment floor. I caught it during my shake down inspection and sealed it with poly urethane. End of story.
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If my trailer is not level side-to-side and the fridge is on the high side, water in the pan under the fridge (which could comes rom the drain) will come into the living space, not out the exterior compartment hatch drain slot. Even 2" out of level can allow that. If that's happening to you, you can confirm by opening the exterior hatch and looking for water tracks from the drain toward the living space.
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I have a 2015 FC 30 and had the same experience, I found the culprit was down in the compartment where the water heater is. I had to unscrew the plywood from the dinette to access it but the way the pvc was placed in there, it had pressure from weight of the water heater tank. I tightened up all the joints and moved it over so it does not have direct downward pressure. I think I solved mine. Hope this helps!
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:52 AM   #12
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update on my water leak

Update: I looked at the routing of the fridge drain hose, moved it a little to give an extra inch towards the outside. I poured a cup of water into the drain pan using a nifty L funnel that I carry around for just these occasions. There seemed to be about a cup that came out the other end of the hose. So all of that seems to be working....

And last night, the paper towel I put between the dinette and the fridge was a little damp.
This morning, the water was back - half a cup or a cup?
I will look more at the plumbing and/or hot water heater later today.

Thanks for all of the suggestions!
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I guess, too, that we all have a tendency to picture our own AS configuration when offering advice.....sooo...from your pic, do I assume I am looking at a storage compartment and the wall with the water "wick" is the wall at the side of your fridge? What's under the fridge as far as components and plumbing?

What is the exact routing of your drain for the fridge?

Last night, was water pump pressure on the lines all night? was the water heater (if under, or adjacent to, fridge) on all night?

Any other water noted as pooling or trail or wicking on other wood components?
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:43 AM   #14
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We had water seepage on floor in front of hall closet, next to refrigerator also on our 2014 RB FC this past weekend while at Placid Lake, MT....has only happened a couple of times, but I am stumped. I will look at the suggestions and see if this is the problem...I was thinking it was perhaps coming from the fresh water fill tube since we had just filled up. Appreciate the suggestions.
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