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 Posted: Tue Jan 24th, 2006 10:56 pm
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Hi folks:

I have a 3-year old Frigidaire side-by-side fridge. Model frs26kf6cwo.

Last night I noticed a small pool of an inky black oily substance on the floor at the front left corner of the fridge (under the freezer door hinge). I inspected the freezer compartment for leaking foods and saw nothing. I wiped it up and this morning found a new pool of the same substance so it is still dripping some sort of black oil.

Any thoughts on what might be the problem and how to fix it before I start to empty the fridge to rip it apart looking for what's wrong? I live in a very rural area so calling out the appliance repair guys takes a lot of time and money.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 25th, 2006 07:18 pm
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Might not be oil-- may be non-petroleum gookus. If it was oil, it could only come from sealed system == leak == warranty $$ repair. But this would be accompanied by increasing compartment temperatures.

Probably the condensation tray underneath the fridge, behind the toe grill.



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I don't think it is gunk from the drip pan as that is on the fridge side and this leak is coming from the freezer side where there is no drip pan.

I'm not sure if it is oil either. It is drying on the floor as a hard crumbly substance and it is inky black. It is a little pool of gunk about 2" in diameter directly under the left front leg of the fridge behind the toe grill.

As of today I don't see any more dripping or leaking. The pool of black gunk has hardened under the fridge and I can chip it away. Weird.

So far the fridge is still cooling adequately. Nothing is melted in the freezer so I guess I'll give it more time before calling for repair.

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That sounds interesting. Don't really know if this will help or not,   I have encountered albeit on Maytag/Jennair ref. water/ nasty whatever you want to call it coming out the bottom of the door where the water line goes in. original thought water line was leaking. Come to find out my customer loved crushed ice and after alittle snooping and removal of inner door panel the insulation was wet. There was alot of ice build up aound the shute that dispenses ice through the door. Closer examination revealed a flapper that wasn't properly closing letting alittle warm air in and causing the ice to melt and run down into door. Possibly could be some gookus (nice word Samurai Master may I use it) that is running down from up in there..



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This is texas and my kids go through a LOT of ice so that's worth checking out. I'll pull the door liner off tomorrow and then report back. The gunk appears to be coming out more or less where the bottom freezer door hinge is located and I noticed that the grease on the freezer hinge was very black and wondered if it was coming from there.

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