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This freezer is self defrosting. I have a shallow layer of ice in the bottom. Should this be there? Would this hinder the unit from not cutting off properly? If self defrost, where does the water go? Is there a drain that needs cleaning, etc???? Thanks

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  • BFaites Feb 04, 2008

    Same problem. When I decided to manually defrost the fridge I noticed that not only was there ice on the bottom of the freezer, but the area in behind that bottom level, where the drain hole is, was plugged with ice. The ice had actually dislodged the "drain hole cover" which is a little white plastice circle. I don't know if any food particles have gone down the drain hole to plug the drain. The other problem I regularly have is that water runs out in pools onto the floor from underneath the front of the freezer. I don't know why this happens. The vent panel at the front of the freezer is screwed on, so you can't easily look to see what's happening with any drip pan that's behind it.

  • Chatty Cathe May 17, 2008

    I am having the same problem as Mullet's with a big sheet of ice freezing at the bottom of my freezer; that I need to chip away regularly. I have defrosted it with a hair dryer . . . checked the hole and it is clear than a month later I have to do it all over again . PLEASE HELP ME ! ! !

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You should check the drain hose inside underneath the freezer.This is done at the back down below. Mine was looped too high and water could not get out. I took the loop off that was holding the hose and now water can drain away without freezing. You can pour warm water down the drain hole to melt the ice in the tube if you remove the grate covering it inside the freezer. I have read that several Kenmore upright freezer
owners have the same problem. I was astonished that this was the problem and I had put up with it for too long, defrosting the freezer every 2-3 months!.Give it a try!

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Usually you shouldn't have any ice on the bottom unless something spilled etc. and froze. How all this basically works is... the cooling coils are where the brrrrr cold comes from but that causes frost/ice on the coils. About every 12 hours a little clock timer that runs continuously turns off the compressor and evap. fan then turns on a heating element that's under the coils. This heat runs till the defrost t-stat (clipped on the upper coil area) determines it's been warm enough that all the ice should have melted and turns off the defrost heater. Then everything returns to normal cooling until the next cycle starts again. As for the melted ice, that water drips into sort of a channel that funnels the water to the drain hole (should be just under the coil area). From there it goes down a tube to a holding pan near the compressor area in the bottom of the unit where heat from the compressor,etc. causes it to evaporate into the air long before the next defrost cycle puts more water into it. Sooo... check that your drain hole is open by pouring hot water down it and see if it flows fast out to the holding pan. Clean as needed.

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After you taken the back panel off and see a lot of ice forming on the coil before you use your hairdryer you should locate the timer and turn the center of the timer manually into defrost cycle. If you can see or hear the ice melting then your problem is the timer defective. Change the timer and that is all. But if it doesn't do anything then you will need a little bit more on electrical knowledge to deal with the rest on defrost temperature control and the element itself. Hope this help, God Bless.

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SOURCE: ice at the bottom of freezer

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.

The ice and water-dispensing system of your refrigerator is quite complex. Many components work together to provide the ice and water. Aside from a simple problem of a leaky water tube or a jammed ice chute, most other components are not user serviceable. We suggest that you contact a qualified appliance repair technician for such repairs.

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SOURCE: ICE BUILDUP ON BOTTOM OF FREEZER, DRAIN HOLE FROZEN

There is normally a small filiament of metal which is attached to the defrost element and conducts heat down the drainpipe preventing ice build up. You can pour some boiling water onto this area and even wriggle a piece of plastic tubing down the drain pipe to dislodge any blockage. For future prevention, you can attach a piece of copper wire around the defrost element (in the absence of the original filiament) and extend it down the drainpiple

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