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I have water leaking into the ref compartment from the freezer

Kenmore model no 78867891 year 1998. I have taken off the bottom pan of the freezer and chipped the ice build up from the back of the freezer exposing the drain hole. I have thawed out the hole approx 2" deep and can't seem to get anymore. I've poured hot water into the drain hole. Water is dripping into the ref but the drain line continues to be dry. What is my next step?

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I would get a pipe cleaner or wire and clean out the rest of the drain hose. also use HOT water down the drain. untill all the water drain thru the hose.

after you get it clear run a wire down the drain and wrap it around the heater .. heat from the wire will keep it clear of ice..

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

  • concettarood Apr 08, 2011

    Where is the "heater" that it should be wrapped around? Do you have a diagram?

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