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What I use to clear out clogged defrost drains is a turkey baster and hot water. You can get them for a few bucks at any grocery store. I have one I modified with a length of 1/4 plastic icemaker line so I can get it down into tight places. Some defrost drains are recessed so you can't get to them very well with the baster, but having the plastic line as an extension can make for quick work when clearing a defrost drain.
Take some hot water in a container like a pyrex measuring cup draw the water into the baster and then use it to melt the ice coating over the drain and then you can work your way down into the drain to the point where you can use the baster almost like a plunger of sorts. And once you get the drain unpluged, pour more hot water straight down the drain and flush it out.
The only thing to be careful of is this- if you try to use REALLY hot water, when you draw it up into the baster, it will want to shoot back out at you, so be careful!
I hope you find this suggestion useful. it always works great for me.

Posted on Dec 25, 2008


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