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GE refrigerator tfx27zp or 25zp or 22zp not sure.

I appear to have a clogged drain tube and can't seem to find a drip pan. Everytime it defrosts I get water on the floor. A location of the pan or a way to unclogg the line would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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The drip pan is located under the front of the frig.
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open both doors, remove the panel that is across the bottom of the fridge( there are release tabs over the left and right front corner areas close to the hing sides


after removing the panel you should see a tray that slides on rails under the fridge

remove the panel and inspect to see (use a flash light)if you can see the drain tube


I believe your drain tube is freezing up somewhere inside the frig

If you can determine where this drain tube fishes up through the back inside wall of the frig

remove all of the trays and observe the back panels there should be some type of collector tray

near the frig light Some models have a hot bulb to do the defrost

I suggest that you tun frig off with both doors open take a hair dryer and blow hot air where you think the drain is located to melt any ice and look down in the drain pan to see if it starts draining

Hope this helps

Good luck ( ps cal ge customer service and give model number I bet they have a design poblem

If they do they may have a work around

God Luck





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Your defrost is working - but the drain tube is clogged. It may be debris causing the clog - but more than likely it is ice.

Access the drain tube and defroster behind the back wall of the freezer. Remove built up ice on the floor of the freezer and the drip tray under the freezer coil and defroster coil. Don't use any sharp tools! Locate the drain tube at the low point of the drip tray. Attempt to clear it of ice by using a turkey baster (or the like) filled with hot water. Direct a stream of hot water from it into the drain tube. Ice may be an inch or two thick in the tube. Once the ice is clear, water should flow easily and quickly down the tube to the drip pan under the fridge - where it will be evaporated away.

To prevent the ice from forming in the drain tube in the future, hang some metal wires (preferably copper) from the the defrost coil down into the drain tube. Make the sure the wire is long enough so that it extends at least as far into the drain tube as the ice had clogged. The metal wire conducts the heat from the defroster down into the drain tube - thus preventing ice from forming - and clogging the drain. Use copper or aluminum wire if you can - steel coat hanger wire can be used if you can't find any copper or aluminum, but it will rust. Copper electrical wire # 14, # 12 or even # 10 is ideal, but the thicker the wire is the harder it is to work - it may be easier to use 3, 4 or more pieces of the smaller # 14 gauge wire instead of 1 or two pieces of # 10.

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Our refrigerator is cooling and our freezer is freezing, but there is a leak coming from the freezer area that is dripping down into the refrigerator that just keeps getting worse and worse. Appears that...


Hi maabjcraft,

Have you tried clearing the drain tube?

Your refrigerator has a drain that leads to the exterior drain pan beneath the refrigerator. Occasionally this drain can become clogged resulting in standing water inside your refrigerator. A similar drain exists in the freezer, which when clogged results in ice build up on the floor of the freezer.

The drain is located either on the floor of the refrigerator, beneath the vegetable crisper, or in the wall behind a drain funnel.

Clear the drain by forcing a solution of water and bleach or water and baking soda into it with a basting syringe. If the solution will not flow through, slide a length of 1/4 inch or smaller flexible tubing into the drain tube to push the clog through to the drain pan. Remove the tubing after clearing the clog.

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