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ICE BUILD UP ON THE BOTTOM OF MY FREEZER BELOW THE LAST TRAY

Ice is building up on the bottom of my freezer below the last tray. Near and around where there is a small round hole opening (I suppose for draining). It takes about 1 week or so for the ice to build then water leaking out the front of the freezer. HELP!

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  • cjgillis74 Feb 10, 2009

    We also have a water buildup which freezes and occasionally leaks out of the door and onto the floor. We have looked and don't find any type of hole/drain in the bottom of the freezer. Our model is a Maytag side by side, model number MSD2456GEW.

  • Pic22 Feb 11, 2009

    I have the same problem, the ice seems to be coming from the back of the freezer, probably from the ice maker. I sometimes get "empty" ice cubes (not frozen through) and the water leaking is very irregular as described before. The ice does take about a week to build up, It seems something in the water line to freezer is diverting the flow to outside the ice maker. Many times the ice maker jams due the device that rotates the ice out is frozen in ice and unable to turn. The ice maker jamming has always been a problem, but the ice on the bottom started a few months back. The fridge is almost 5 years old. Thanks

  • ljjdth May 04, 2009

    how long do you need to do this (pouring hot water)? I have done this for a while now and its still leaking out the bottom and down the inside of the floor of the freezer. Could the drain need replacing?

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Clear ice and with hot water pour into the drain hole till open and drains ,, take back panel of freezer out and wrap a piece of thick cooper wire around the heater and drop into the drain hold about 1in and it will keep drain open / thanks

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