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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: freezer drain line freezes up
Check to see that the thermostat setting are correct. If the freezer temperature is too low and the fridge section is kept high, then the cold air from the freezer does not circulate properly causing the ice build up in the freezer. The freezer compartment is where all the cold air in the fridge is created, and its blown from here to the other compartment by the evaporator fan. Ideally, the freezer should be about 10F and the fridge should be 35F. Remember that any changes in the thermostat controls takes upto 24 hours to take effect.
If you find that the freezer drain is freezing, you can try adding some salt to try to melt the ice. Or carefully poke through it using a chop stick or thin blade screwdriver. Be careful not to damage the tube. You can then flush this out with hot water.
You can even install a defrost drain strap kit to prevent drain freeze ups...In any case, I'd recommend that you get a profession to asses and diagnose the problem.
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Posted on May 05, 2008
For units with automatic defrosting, there is a drain, sometimes concealed, for the defrosted ice (water) to drain into a removable pan under the coils below the two compartments.
I suspect this is clogged with bits of debris and preventing the melt-water from dripping into the pan.
Check under your ref./freezer behind a trim grill for this pan and check the condition of it; overflowing or empty.
Normally, the fan that blows ambient air through the coils keeps this pan dry-to-moist.
It's fairly shallow so if your ice maker is leaking it will overflow but it should normally only be wet for a short time after the defrost cycle.
If it is pretty dry, note which side is wet. If it is wet under the freezer section, the clog might be loacted there.
If you do not see any holes that could be a drain in either side of the fridge, you could have a more serious problem trying to free it.
Each liner is made as one piece to help keep the inside free of dirt traps but there may be access panels and if they are found low and in the back, they may be intended to access a drain.
If you are lucky enough to find a hole toward the bottom, you should be able to free the drain.
Depending on the location for access, you should be careful poking anything too stiff (like a screwdriver) into it as the coils could be damaged.
Something like a piece of 18 gauge copper wire would be better.
Posted on Aug 31, 2008
I had the same problem with mine a couple of months ago. There is a drain which gets plugged. You have to remove the contents of your freezer, and then look at the back area of the freezer. The panel that's on the back is removable. Once it's removed, you will see a drain at the bottom. Mine was clogged up with debris, and was covered with ice. I poured warm water over the drain, soaked it up...did this a few times to melt the ice, then I worked at cleaning out the drain. Mine wasn't plugged too badly, I ended up having to blow air through the drain using my air compressor, to be positive that it was clear of debris. You could poke something down the drain, but it won't go very far because there is an elbow on the drain tube(visible on the backside of the unit itself)
If you get it cleaned out, it should be fine. Mines been great ever since I cleaned mine out...no more puddles on the floor.
Posted on Feb 18, 2008
I believe your defrost condensate drain is blocked with ice or other foreign objects. Could you also double check the model number? Thanks, Sea breeze
Posted on Dec 29, 2009
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