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Auto defrost not working correctly

Ice builds up in freezing compartment. It looks like the defrost drain freezes over, then ice eventually builds up in vent holes between freezer and the fridge. The fridge is relatively new (5 years). I've blown the defrost drain line clear (nothing came out) and had a fridge repair guy come out, who did exactly the same thing but this did not resolve the problem. I've poured water down the drain line and it runs into the evaporation pan quite quickly; I'm confident there is no blockage. I live in a rural area and it would be easier to buy a new fridge then to get an appliance repair person to come out again. Looking for the next cost effective trouble shooting steps that a handy guy might try??? Thx

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  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2008

    water dripping inside of frige from top area below the freezer.

  • gmorello Mar 16, 2009

    Defroster drain inside the freezer compartment freezes. Subsequently ice builds up in the bottom of the freezer. Then the fridge must be defrosted and we get another 4 months out of the fridge.

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The tray at the bottom which collects defrost water usually has its own heater or a section of the main heater runs close to it. check this part of the heater has continuity. an old trick as well which sometimes works is to wrap some copper wire round the heater and lead this to the drain hole. conductiuon of heat thro the copper helps keep the drain clear. this is a common problem across all makes

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Hi this problem could arise due to various reasons so lets find out what could it be the cause.

1)In the back of your freezer compartment is the drain hole. It's very common in GE for the drain to freeze up. With the drain hole plugged up, your freezer will continue to defrost the evaporator, but not the water in the drain hole. So the water builds and freezes, builds and freezes until it eventually overflows into the air diffuser for the fridge causing the leaky fridge problem."Heat Probe" that can be installed.This will prevent water from freezing up in the drain hole allowing it to drain as designed

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3) If the water is coming from the freezer but you think that the defrost drain pipe is clear, then it may be coming from the ice maker. Check the ice maker for cracks in the unit's body or a misalignment of the water supply line. Make sure that the water supply spout in the freezer lines up with the ice maker's water supply cup.

4)Check the ice maker copper water supply line, your ice maker water filter, and the plastic ice maker water supply tube for any cracks, splits or connection leaks. If you find any leaks, remove the leaking part and obtain a replacement at the hardware store.

5)Your leaking refrigerator may just have a cracked or damaged drain pan. Your fridge regularly drains water into this pan to prevent water pooling in the fridge itself. Evaporation takes care of the rest. Look underneath your fridge where the drain pan sits and pull it out for inspection. If it has a crack or is otherwise damaged, contact the appropriate retailer about getting a replacement as soon as possible.

6)If your leaking refrigerator is draining inside as opposed to onto your floor, you're probably dealing with a clogged defrost drain. Your fridge is constantly producing condensation inside the freezer, and that condensation drips down the defrost drain into a drain pan underneath the unit. This defrost drain can become clogged with debris or, more often, it freezes shut. Look in your refrigerator manual to locate your defrost drain, and take the appropriate steps to unclog it (inundating your drain with warm water will often do the trick).

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Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.

The drain sometimes all on its own will freeze. Who knows why. The best was to ensure the drain is clear is to manually defrost the refrigerator. You do this by first unplugging the unit. Then empty the contents of the freezer. Use a fan and place it blowing into the freezer for a little over 2 hours. This will make a water mess so have the rags and mop ready.

After the 2 hour manual defrosting session take a toothpick and make sure the drain is clear. Use your baster and hot water to check it for sure. If it is still clogged remove the back panel of the refrigerator and check the end of the drain for debris. Often what happens is there is some unpleasant goo that builds up on the very end of the drain tube and then it dries n place once the catch basin is dry.

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Give the manual defrost and drain check a try first. If there really is an automatic defrosting problem in 3 to 4 days the symptoms will repeat.

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