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Model css25uswcss refrig. leaving for winter- loacated in mountains - house gets below freezing.need to drain the water tank.I see how to remove shelves etc. How do you access and drain

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  • perce7319 Oct 08, 2008

    Where is the solenoid. Is there some way to disconnect the unit I don't have a compressor.

  • perce7319 Oct 08, 2008

    Where is this solenoid? What do I need to remove to disconnect the unit and drain. I don't have a compressor. On old machine used to remove a drain.

  • perce7319 Oct 08, 2008

    There is nothing wrong- I just need to drain the tank before leaving for the winter. Side by side- GE model css25uswc.
    Where qre the connections inside the frig. I can take out the shelves and see the unit.
    Please if you are not familiar with the model by pass and let somebody give me specific directions Thanks

  • perce7319 Oct 08, 2008

    Thanks- thats how it works when it is hooked up. I need to drain the tan

  • perce7319 Oct 08, 2008

    I need to disconect the unit and drain- I don't have a compressor. The old frig I could see where the connections were. What do I have to remove to get at this unit. It needs to be drained otherwise it will freeze over the winter. I guess it is the same procedure as if I was replacing this unit. Again GE model 'css25uswc ss' a side by side refrigerator.

  • perce7319 Oct 08, 2008

    You are not reading my problem. I HAVE to drain the water reservoir because it will FREEZE when we turn the heat off. This happened a few years ago to the older frig.
    Everthing is fine with the power on and the house heated. When the house temp gets well below freezing it does not matter if the power is on or not the reeserve water freezes.
    The water left in the tank will freeze- How do I manually drain it?? I drain all the water pipes.

  • perce7319 Oct 09, 2008

    Finally found someone who read the question. Will try tomorrow.

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On this model you will have to cyphon out the water with a small tube or hose once you remove the waterlines.

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HI the tank is behind the crisper's. remove the crisper's, remove the tank covering disconnect the hoses top and bottom . pull tank out store till next year have a good winter . thanks the appliance doc please rate my answer. thanks

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For the picture of drain hole click this link
http://www.applianceaid.com/images/sxsdrain-hole.JPG

Most/many times this is a clogged up or restricted defrost drain system, but once in a while the drain system has been cleaned and everything appears to be good but you still get ice in the defrost drip tray and such and the drain freezes over. Some manufacture designed kits to help and some home made remedies.

click this link for the picture of defrost drainer how to keep it safe
http://www.applianceaid.com/defrost_drain_freezes.html

My fridge is freezing things: Most times this is a bad cold control, but there are other things to check for. Make sure the condenser fan is working and the coils are not covered with dust. A separated heat exchanger ( small capillary tubing soldered to the large suction line ) can separate from one another and make the fridge run too long. - tape tubing back together. A poor working evaporator fan motor could also make the fridge run too long and freeze - replace the fan motor. An inefficient compressor or refrigeration system could make the fridge run too long and freeze - have a service tech check this out. A misaligned control settings, make sure the air damper and cold control have not been bumped and are out of normal settings. Stuck open air diffusers or air dampers are becoming more and more common for allowing too much air to be blown into the fresh food section and freezing things. On all frost free fridge's the freezer temp air is blown into the fresh food section, if you have "easy" to freeze items ( eggs, veggies in water, etc ) in front of or under where the freezer temp air comes out, they could freeze - store them in a different spot. Doors not closing properly making the fridge run too long is something else to check for.
A tip from Gerard in Georgia: My Sears ( Frigidare built ) refrigerator suddenly started freezing thing in the refrigerator compartment. I started to replace the cold control, not having found any other problem, when I discovered that the plastic air deflector at the top rear of the frig had been knocked off. I replaced it and all is OK. I thought you might add this to your suggestion list. As you know, the deflector directs the freezer air toward the front of the frig and the rear of the cold control, which is now functioning properly. Luckily, I found this before rushing out to purchase the control

On a SxS style refrigerator the coils will be behind a cover on the back wall. On a freezer on top style the coils could be behind the back wall or under the freezer floor. Removing the cover and exposing the evaporator coils could be a valuable tool. Seeing what the cooling coils looks like may help split your not cooling problem. Totally covered coils with white snow is a frost free problem. A ball of ice on the coils and the rest of the cooling coils are bare or only a few coils frosted a little and the rest are bare is an indication of a system problem. Example picture one, example picture two, example picture three. System problems may be a leak in the refrigeration tubing, an inefficient not 100% pumping compressor.

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Letting the water freeze in the water reservoir tank should not harm the tank, but to be extra safe:

  • Remove the bottom grill on the refrig.
  • Disconnect the water line at the fitting near the hinge. Newer models have insta-push fittings. For those fittings you have to push the collar in toward the center of the fitting as you tug on the tube. Some insta-push fittings use a colored collar (red or blue) to prevent this from happening accidentally. just remove the colored ring first, then proceed.
  • Remove plastic water lines at the back water valve the same way.
  • You can then blow into line to force water out the other end if it does not flow by itself.

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    Carl Schulzetenberg Oct 09, 2008

    Hope I caught you before you leave the refrig for winter.

    I forgot to mention that freezing water in the water valve can crack the valve.

    take all tubes off (inlet and two outlets) and if possible put 120 volts across the two coils on the valve for a few seconds to get a bit of water out of the valve. Depressing the water dispense (with power to the refrig.) will probably be enough.

    Also, it if this model has a internal water filter, I'd remove that too to prevent cracking of it from freezing.

    Thanks for the FixYa rating. Have a nice worry free winter. Carl.

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There is nothing to drain. the fridge does this automatically when its turned on. I dont think there is any part that you can manually remove (without removing the bottom of the fridge).

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Refrigerators have a drain in their floor. Water from melting frost flows out this drain, into a pan and evaporates. Food particles can clog the drain and cause odors. Clean the drain regularly by removing its stopper and using a pipe cleaner or similar device to push any accumulations through to the drain pan below. Force a cleaning solution of detergent and water through the drain. Empty, wash and replace the pan. You should also vacuum the condenser coils along the back or bottom of the refrigerator.

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    nick helpap Oct 08, 2008

    do u see any resvoiur plug also

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The refrigerator drains It's self. Drain water from a refrigerator flows to an evaporating plate located adjacent a compressor, so that heat from the compressor promotes the evaporation. A water spreader spreads the drain water as it reaches the evaporating plate to facilitate evaporation. Water which is not evaporated on the evaporating member gravitates to a container and is reabsorbed by the other evaporator member when the latter dries. The evaporator plate has ribs to efficiently use the heat received from the compressor.

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Hi,

If the tube or channel is clogged or obstructed, the water backs up and leaks into the inside of the refrigerator compartment. Then the water builds up at the bottom, inside of the refrigerator. When the water has built up for a time it may spill out of the front of the door opening. To fix this problem, clear the drain tube or channel and allow the defrost water to flow down to the drain pan.

Can you let me know if this is a freezer on top ro bottom or side by side model so that i can give you a diagram for your model.

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Remove the hose after the solenoid for the water supply.

blow unto the hose to discard the water from the tank to the hose of the dispenser.
if your blow is not strong enough, use air compressor.

tnx 4 using fixya,

drcool

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  • francis rivero Oct 08, 2008

    the solenoid is located at the back of the fridge. it has two solenoids, one for the water dispenser and one for the ice maker. remove the one for the water dispenser and blow on that one to remove the water at the tank.

    tnx again,

    drcool


  • francis rivero Oct 08, 2008

    sorry for the delay in response, we have different time zone, the solenoid i am talking about is where your water goes in the fridge. the water line from your house gos first to this solenoid, then divides between the water dispenser and ice maker. they are then connected to each hoses to the water reservoir and ice maker (if u have ).

    now remove the hose that goes to the reservoir then blow on it to purge all the water in the tank. the water will come out at the dispenser.

    i hope that would help you solve your problem

    drcool


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