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Water does not drain from the Freezer during the defrost cycle

Our Frigidaire frost free freezer runs fine. During the defrost cycle the heat come on and melts the ice on the coils. This water running to the bottom of the freezer but refreezes before it can drain properly. The drain hole is clear and not clogged. Each depfrost cycle more and more ice is built up in the bottom of the freezer over the drain hole. The freezer is located in a basement at 68 degrees. It is also level.

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  • Gbpfan10 Oct 01, 2008

    Thre freezer does not have a drain hose. The drain on the back of the
    freeze has a very short pipe about one inch long directly over the
    metal drain pan which is attached to the compressor. At the end of this
    short drain pipe is a cap. This cap is suppose to act like a trap. The
    cap is about the size of a silver dollar. As the water flow from the
    freeze during defrost it over flow from the cap and drips in the
    pan. The cap has a little water in it. This water acts as a seal
    so air does not excape from the freezer.

  • mojolink Apr 09, 2009

    I have the exact same freezer, with the exact same problem, the drain hole is clear except when the water freezes in it and blocks the flow. I have the freezer in the basement, where in the winter (live in Michigan)the basement temp can get to 60 - 65 F. Also this freezer is about 6-8 years old and has worked fine up til now.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    freezer coils in our Frigidaire frost-free upright freezer are completely frozen(a solid block of ice) so when it tries to defrost, water runs out of the bottom front door of the freezer.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    already tried letting it melt any ince in the line, no joy. how do I clear the drain line?

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    Water runs out of the water dispenser when the ice maker fill with a large volume of water. There is a growling noise inside the back of the freezer.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Ice accumulates by the drain area at the bottom of the freezer even if hole is clear. Eventually it spills over to the entire bottom

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Hi thanks for the question the drain hose goes to the underneath by the compressor thaw out the freezer and clean the drain hose this will solve the problem thanks the appliance doc

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