The freezer is dripping - how to find out the causes

A dripping freezer is an alarming indication of a malfunction in the device. The cause of the dripping can be a one-time interruption of the freezing process or a major technical defect. You can quickly make an initial diagnosis.

Temporary disruption

If condensation drips from the freezer compartment, there was previously a fault in the freezer performance of the appliance. A brief power failure or a faulty fuse on the electrical box can cause condensation to form. Even if the freezer compartment is left open too long, the defrosting process starts in the freezer compartment and small puddles of water form there. The water can drip from the compartment into the refrigerator below. If the temperature is set incorrectly by mistake, defrost water is also formed. These triggers can be easily identified and corrected immediately.

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Indications of malfunctions

  • Puddles of water in the freezer
  • renewed icing shortly after defrosting
  • thick ice lumps on the frozen food
  • Softening of the frozen food
  • "Snow formation "

Possible defects in the device

The drop formation is caused by defrosting processes in the freezer compartment. They can be triggered by leaky door seals or insufficient closing of the compartment flap. If the thermostat works incorrectly, it causes temperature fluctuations, during which defrosting takes place again and again. Device malfunctions are also triggered by an incorrect device location. Heat sources such as heating and ovens must not be in the immediate vicinity. If the distance between the back of the device and the wall is too narrow, the waste heat on the back cannot escape freely.

Checking with a coin

To test the reliable freezing performance of your freezer compartment, you can make do with a bowl of water and a coin. To do this, place the filled water bowl in the freezer compartment. Wait for the water to freeze. Place the coin on the ice surface. In the following days, watch what happens to the coin. If the freezer compartment fails, the coin will freeze in the tray or even sink all the way to the bottom. If it stays on top of the ice, the freezer compartment works perfectly.

Tips & Tricks Technical faults should be repaired by a specialist. In the case of newer devices, this is usually still covered by the guarantee. Old devices with a poor energy efficiency class are better replaced by an economical new device. Compare repair costs and acquisition costs and consider the respective operating costs.