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Water leaking onto top shelve of fridge

How do i clear my drain line it is all ice

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A steamer is what I use but you may not have that tool. VERY hot water can be poured into the cavity/drain hole over and over till it freely flows out the bottom to the tray or you can just turn off the refer for a day with the door open to let it thaw. To prevent freeze plug again you can hang a small copper wire on the heat element that dangles down into the first inch of the hole so when a defrost cycle turns on it will trasnfer heat and keep the hole from freezing up. A #10 or #12 copper wire usually transfers enough heat to keep the hole from freezing up.

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