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Kitchen Aid bottom freezer has frost/ice buildup

So I shut it off and defrosted it using a hairdryer and removed the backpart to catch the water that is draining into the tray. After a week later, the same thing happened, so I proceeded to defrost it again the same way, BUT this time, I shut off the water valve going into the fridge that feeds and icemaker and water dispenser. Now it is working fine going on 3 weeks. I fear that if I turn the water back on, the problem will reoccur.

WHAT is causing this problem ? Is my drain partially clogged although water seems to drain freely out of it as the ice melts during my "hairdryer" defrost procedure.

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  • atvbandit Jan 18, 2009

    I noticed the second time it happened that the drain pan was dry. Also, where and how can i find the leak as I assume water can only enter the freezer from the outside line thru the ice maker tube ?

  • kris888 May 02, 2009

    I have the same problem that ice forms in a try inside the bottom freezer. I have to use a hair dryer to melt the ice and use a cloth to soak out the water. The defrost cycle does operate, since the temp gets warmer at certain time of the day. I suspect the defrosted water does not drain out. Where would the drain pan be located, and also the tube. I cannot see it at the back.

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Do you know for certain that the automatic defrost cycle is running at all?
Depending on the model, it should be entering the defrost mode every 12 or 24 hours. If the defrost timer is not easy to see (because of the drawer construction), you should be able to catch it by checking the walls of the freezer at random to see if they are still 'ice' cold or more temperate.
You may definitely have a leak, no argument there, but the defrost cycle may have been masking it while it was still happening by sending the ice/water down to the pan.   

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  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Jan 18, 2009

    I was hoping to find, and provide you with, a link to an parts illustration of your model but have failed to find one.
    Sears parts department often has such line drawings of a huge variety of appliances from just about every domestic brand but came up empty on your model number and they can be extremely helpful in locating things you suspect have failed.
    If they have a model listed, you can, in most cases, order directly from the parts lists shown.
    In summary, I am unable to help you; sorry.     

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