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Water/freezing to ice at the bottom of the freezer MZD2766ge

After Hurricane Ike here in Houston and being out of power for 12 days, my freezer is now accumulating ice on the very bottom inside. I have slowed the water spigot to try and slow down the water pressure to the ice maker, but it is still just as bad. I'm having to chip the bottom wire bin out of the ice every 3 days or so... I'm afraid if I'm out of town the thing will accumulate so much, I won't be able to open the freezer door as the ice will be so tall the door will be frozen shut! The icemaker is still making plenty of ice. Please help! Thanks!

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  • cyoung166 Nov 17, 2008

    I have a maytag wide by side and it does exactly the same thing. I've chipped the ice out of it numerous times. I was suspecting the ice maker - but I've never seen water run out of it and it makes ice just fine. It takes about a week to build up the ice in the bottom. I've searched on-line for a fix to this and I suspect a plugged de-frost drain tube or frozen one. Going to check that out and post back if that fixes the problem.

  • vihstadt Nov 29, 2008

    Ok I removed the freezer back (finally) and it was indeed clogged at the bottom. I used hot water and a long handled baby bottle nipple brush (a fat pipe cleaner would work also) and pulled some gunk out of the tube. I did open the back also and pulled the tube GENTLY out of its drain pan and using the same brush made sure all clogs were gone. Thank you SO MUCH for your help, I was ready to give it the boot as I've already had two compressors put in this thing since I bought it new in 2002 and didn't want to spend anymore $$. I will buy an LG next time....hopefully I can wait a few more years though. THANKS again!

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Sounds like a drain clog in the freezer compartment above. remove the freezer rear panel and totally defrost the evaporator area, directly under the evap you see( under all that ice) a small drain hole that has become frozen over, try defrosting with either a hair dryer( not a heat gun too much heat youll melt everything) or by pouring hot water down the drain until you get a free flow of water down the tube. after its clear reassemble and you should be fine

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