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Re: Freezer Coils icing over
Directly below the coils is the drain. You may have to use a hair dryer to remove the Ice so you can see the drain hole but it's there. Once you unclog the drain all that water should go down and into a plastic pan under the Ref. Heat from the compressor will evaporate the water so, you should never have to empty this pan.
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If the water is showing on the freezer side, more than likely you have a clogged drain. This occurs when the machine goes into defrost and the melted ice somehow is prevented from draining and therefor refreezing and blocking the drain for the next defrost cycle. The best way to resolve this is to unplug the machine for atleast 24-48 hours to let all ice melt. If thats not an option that you want to use the actual repair method would be to 1) unplug the machine 2) empty everything out of the freezer so you'll have room to work 3) take all the shelving and baskets out 4) locate the screws on the rear wall inside the freezer and remove them 5) take the back panel off exposing the evaporator coils ( the aluminum ) 6) directly below the coils is a trough of sorts and the drain is usually in the middle and runs out the bottom, remove the ice by carefully chipping it out or by using a hair dryer or hot water. 7) once all the ice is gone, the drain is visible and water can flow smnoothly down the drain dry the area and reassemble.
The drain in the back of your freezer is frozen. When the defrost cycle
runs, the water has no where to go except through the panel into your
Turn the refrigerator off. Take everything out of
the freezer and store it someplace for a few hours. You can either let
the freezer thaw on its own or help it out a bit. If you want to speed
the process, remove the rear and bottom panels from the inside of the
freezer to expose the coils and the bottom pan. Stay away from the
coils. Melt/chip away all of the ice in the pan. With a hair dryer,
melt the ice in the back of the pan. Soon you will see the drain -
concentrate on melting the ice in it. Some hot water and a sponge can
help speed the drain clearing process. When the water drains freely,
finish drying out the rest of the freezer and reassemble the rear and
bottom panels. Turn the refrigerator back on, and you are good to go.
The drain in the back of your freezer is frozen. When the defrost cycle runs, the water has no where to go except through the panel into your refrigerator.
Turn the refrigerator off. Take everything out of the freezer and store it someplace for a few hours. You can either let the freezer thaw on its own or help it out a bit. If you want to speed the process, remove the rear and bottom panels from the inside of the freezer to expose the coils and the bottom pan. Stay away from the coils. Melt/chip away all of the ice in the pan. With a hair dryer, melt the ice in the back of the pan. Soon you will see the drain - concentrate on melting the ice in it. Some hot water and a sponge can help speed the drain clearing process. When the water drains freely, finish drying out the rest of the freezer and reassemble the rear and bottom panels. Turn the refrigerator back on, and you are good to go.
The defrost drain hole in the freezer is frozen over causing the defrost water to enter the refrigerator through the air duct. Turn the refrigerator off. Remove the floor panel and the rear panel from inside the freezer compartment. Break up and remove the ice you see. Use a hair dryer to melt the ice in the drain trough in the rear of the freezer underneath the cooling coils. You will see a small hole in the rear center of the drain trough. It must be completely defrosted so that water drains through it. This will take quite some time to do. You may want to do the above steps and then just leave the refrigerator OFF for several hours to let the drain hole melt by itself.
If freezer is icing up, you might have a defrost problem. Frost free models have a heating element that is controlled by a timer to automatically defrost ice, ie defrost timer turns on defrost heating element every 12 hours to melt ice in freezer and allow good air flow. You can test defrost element with an ohm meter(located inside freezer coils-will have two wires going to a plug connection), if OK replace defrost timer (located in various places depending on make and model clean drains
I believe the drain is blocked behind the panel wall inside freezer. You will need to unplug the refrigerator and remove panel and inspect drain at bottom of evaporator. There is a tray with a drain hole on the low end. Also check around area that water enter from back of refrigerator to ice maker. Let me know what you find, Thanks, Sea Breeze
sounds like a drain clog in the freezer compartment above. remove the freezer rear panel and totally defrost the evaporator area, directly under the evap you see( under all taht ice) a small drain hole that has become frozen over, try defrosting with either a hair dryer( not a heat gun too much heat youl melt everything) or by pouring hot water donw the drain until you get a free flow of water down the tube. after its clear reassemble and you should be fine
I had the same problem with my LRFC25750 and have finally figured out what's happening! The water that is pooling and freezing on the bottom of the freezer is definitely coming from the defrost cycle. It is pooling inside the freezer compartment because the drain inside the back of the freezer intended to carry the defrost water down to the external evaporator tray underneath is blocked with ice. As a result, the defrost water from the coils overflows the collector under the coils and runs down the inside back of the freezer, pools on the bottom, and re-freezes when the cycle is over. this continues until there's so much ice on the bottom that the water from next defrost cycle runs out on the floor.
The "easy" solution is to unplug the unit and let it completely melt out (this could take 24-36 hours). I couldn't wait, so I removed the freezer drawers and their tracks and pulled out the back panel inside the freezer -- saw the ice in the collector and blocking the drain and I melted it away with hot water and verified that water could now flow down to the external evaporator tray. Unless you want to do this, I'd say give it a good 24-36 hours for all the ice to melt away.
I think it all started when we left the freezer door ajar for a whole day and probably had a lot of frost build-up on the coils. The next defrost cycle was not enough to clear all the frost and things began to build up from there. Once the drain is frozen, though, you're finished -- the defrost heater doesn;t reach down that far and you have to melt it down completely or it will continue to leak forever.
I've heard that you can get a drain heater to ensure that the drain never freezes over or at least so that it is sure to clear with each defrost cycle. I'll post an update if I locate one.